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Live horse racing returns to Suffolk Downs this weekend

The tote board will be busy this weekend at Suffolk Downs with 13 live races set for Saturday and 12 more scheduled for Sunday.
Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe/File
The tote board will be busy this weekend at Suffolk Downs with 13 live races set for Saturday and 12 more scheduled for Sunday.

Live thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs this weekend with 13 races lined up for Saturday and a 12-race card Sunday — and many more events centered on Justify’s bid for the Triple Crown.

Neary 150 horses have been entered for the weekend’s live races. Saturday’s card features $500,000 in total purses.

“Our racing office has put together two strong cards for our opening weekend and we look forward to welcoming back the horses, horsemen and women, and local racing fans to Suffolk Downs on what is sure to be a big weekend of racing,” said Chip Tuttle, the chief operating officer at Suffolk Downs, in a statement.

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In addition to live racing, the track will also have a food truck festival, live music, family activities, and simulcasting of the Belmont Stakes.

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Gates will open Saturday at 11 a.m., with firstpost at 12:55 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be 12 races, including the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes for Massachusetts-breds, which will feature the return of Dr. Blarney, the winner of last year’s race.