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Live Racing Returns on Saturday, June 3.  Free gift giveaway beginning at 11am!  Always Free Admission and General Parking.  Post time is 1:15pm.

Delaware Park News & Notes

Three-time leading jockey Carol Cedeno looking forward to defending title

Wilmington, Del., May 22, 2017 — When the 80th season of live racing begins on June 3rd, Carol Cedeno, the three-time defending leading jockey, will continue to write her chapter in the unique tradition of female riders at Delaware Park.

Through the decades, jockeys such as Julie Krone, Rosemary Homeister Jr. and Rosie Napravnik, have each contributed to the tradition to female riders racing at the Stanton-oval.  Cedeno will be attempting to become only the third rider to have won four or more; the others include Michael McCarthy (1996-2000 & 2001) and Ramon Dominguez (2003-2006 & 2008).

“Every year it is very tough to be a leading rider because there are a lot of really good riders in this area, but I am excited about having the chance to do it again. I am looking forward to the challenge,” Cedeno said, who is a mother of two.  “This is my home track. I have a home in Delaware and this is where I am raising my family, so I want to do well here.”

The 26-year-old native of Puerto Rico had 50 winners from 341 mounts in 2014, 65 winners from 334 mounts in 2015 and 79 winners from 420 mounts in 2016.  She does not feel the pressure of defending her title.

“I try to take it one race at a time and when the gates open, all I think about is that race,” Cedeno said.  “I just try to be my best and give my best every day. That is the most important thing, and if you do that, good things typically follow.”

2017 LIVE RACING DATES – The 80th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on June 3rd and concluding on October 21st.  Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a first race post time at 1:15 p.m

 

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Rejuvenated former leading trainer Scott Lake

getting geared up for Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., May 17, 2017 –  Scott Lake, the sixth all-time North American trainer by wins with more than 5,700 victories, has been returning to Delaware Park for nearly two decades because of the atmosphere, the people and the competition.  The 51-year-old native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will have approximately 35 horses stabled at the Stanton-oval when the historical 80th season of live racing begins on June 3rd.

“I love the stable area, the paddock is beautiful and the whole atmosphere of Delaware is unique,” Lake said, who finished first or second as the leading trainer in North America by wins from 2000 through 2009.  “I have had a great relationship with nearly all of the racing secretaries since we have been racing at Delaware.  I have worked well with all of them including the current racing secretary Jed Doro.  That makes a big difference for me.”

Since 2000, Scott Lake has won more than a 1,000 races and he has finished first or second in the race for leading trainer twelve times at Delaware Park.  In the history of the racetrack only one trainer has won more training titles – the legendary Grover “Buddy” Delp who won 11.  In 2009, Lake fell three victories shy of his eighth consecutive Delaware Park training title which would have broken the record set by Delp who won seven in a row from 1963 through 1969.

“I would have loved to have broken the record of a legend like Bud Delp, but I am a humbled to have equaled it,” Lake said.  “You work hard in this business for a number reasons and obviously that is one of them.  You want to be at the top and have people fear you when you are entering and claiming horses and that was the way people felt about Delp when he was on top.”

The best finish Lake has had in the leading trainer standings in the last six seasons at Delaware Park is a second in 2014.  While Lake is enthusiastic about his prospects for the 2017 season, he stops a little short on the idea of returning to the top, but he expects to be in the race for the first time in years and he expects to get there with his own horses – Home Team Stables.

“I don’t know about leading trainer again, but we are going to give it our best go for sure,” he said.  “I have been through a lot the last few years including my divorce.  I made a big cut back and when you originally do that, you feel like it is the right move. But then depression sort of sets in because your phone does not ring as much and you are not in demand as much as you used to be.  You feel like you have to re-build yourself in some way, so what I did, I started claiming more and more for Home Team Stables.  I just decided to concentrate on my own horses and things have been going very well.  This is the kind business that wears you down and we stayed at the top for a long time.  Honestly, it wore me down and I really appreciate the people who stuck with me.  Now that the things are coming back around, those are the guys that are on the top of my list without a doubt.”

While Lake is enthusiastic about every horse in his barn, there is one horse in particular he cannot wait to make his 2017 debut.

“Thurman Merman.  He is named after one of the main characters in the movie Bad Santa,” Lake said.  “He broke his maiden first time out at Delaware last year.  I could not get him back in and when I finally got him in at Laurel, he pulled his tendon a little bit before we had a chance to run him.  I gave him some time off and he has been working lights out.  If he runs the way he has been working, who knows.  Last year, I thought he could be a tremendous sprinter.  He showed me all the signs that he was a good one.  I have always thought a lot him, he has a ton of talent and he has been working well, so I am pretty excited about getting him going.”

Lake also has 42 horses stabled at Parx.

Others making preparations for the 2017 season at Delaware Park include J. Larry Jones, Tim Ritchey,  Sam Cronk, Randy Nunley, Joseph Arboritanza, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Jonathan Sheppard, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Arnaud Delacour, Keith Nations and Ronald Alfano.

 

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Nations looking to build on success in second year at Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., May 10, 2017 — After a successful meet in his first full season at Delaware Park in 2016, trainer Keith Nations is excited for the return of live racing at the Stanton-oval on June 3rd.

“We are coming back again with same number of horses – probably in the neighborhood of 40,” said trainer Keith Nations.  “We have kind of a blue-collar stable.  We are not loaded with the very high-end kind of horses, but we have a lot of really good hard-hitting, honest horses that can get the job done.”

In 2016, he finished third in the trainer standings at Delaware Park with a record of 25 wins from 99 starters with earnings of $525,625.

“Last year, we had a really good meet and we are hoping to build success from that,” Nations said.  “We are hoping to have a little better horses than we had last year and we are pretty excited about trying to do more of the same, especially with our 2-year-olds.”

After enjoying success in northern California, the 55-year-old native of Sylva, North Carolina decided to relocate his operation to the mid-Atlantic in 2013.  He and his wife Cheryl, a former vice president of marketing at the University of Washington, have settled into spending summers in Delaware and winters on the gulf coast of south Florida.

“We plan on doing the Delaware/Tampa circuit for many years to come,” Nations said, who saddled his first winner at Emerald Downs in Washington in 1991. “We love the Delaware area.  We are looking to buy a home in the area and that is where we want to spend our summers.  We love the facility and we love the people.  We really made some good friends at Delaware.  You like being at your barn and like going to the races.  A lot of it is the people.  There are just really good people at Delaware they are very genuine.  As much as I love it here [Tampa], I am looking forward to getting back there.  We are still going to have a barn at Parx and we might do a little Laurel just to keep some flexibility, but Delaware is pretty much our summer base.”

While Nations’ barn may be getting younger, he will still have plenty of names on the track that horse players will remember.

One of those veterans is Nations’ Racing Stable’s Martini Glass.  Last year, Martini Glass claimed the Kentucky-bred for $16,000 in her career debut at Tampa Bay Downs. Since then, she has notched six wins and a third from 12 starts.  At Delaware Park, the 4-year-old daughter of Kitalpha posted a victory in a starter allowance last season.

“We are looking forward to running Martini Glass at Delaware Park,” he said.  “After the Delaware Park meet was over last fall, we gave her a break and since we brought her back she has been phenomenal.  She trains great, she breezes great and she has been running really well, so we are pretty excited about her this year. We will probably point her toward the Obeah stakes on June 10th and will just go from there and see how she does.  She still has some of her allowance conditions and she is eligible for the starter allowances, so she is one I think we will have a lot of fun with this summer.”

Another horse of Nations to keep an eye is HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing’s Mister Nofty.  The 4-year-old son of Scat Daddy has not had a race in yet in 2017.  Last year, he posted a record of four wins, a second and a third from eight starts including a victory in the Grover Delp Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park.

“We are going to have Mister Nofty up and rolling in time for the Delaware Park meet,” Nations said.  “He is a Pennsylvania-bred, so we will probably race him in some restricted races at Parx and Penn, but we are also going to run him at Delaware.  He likes the course at Delaware and won a stake last year.”

Others making preparations for the 2017 season at Delaware Park include J. Larry Jones, Tim Ritchey,  Sam Cronk, Randy Nunley, Joseph Arboritanza, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Jonathan Sheppard, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Arnaud Delacour, Scott Lake and Ronald Alfano.

 

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Trainer J. Larry Jones Looking Forward for Delaware Park Meet

Wilmington, Del., May 3, 2017 — For the last 12 years, trainer J. Larry Jones has made Delaware Park his spring and summer home with tremendous career success.  With Opening Day for the 80th season of live racing slated for June 3rd, Jones is looking forward to another promising and successful meet.

“Delaware Park fits us.  There is no reason for us to be any other place,” said Jones, who will have approximately 55 horses stabled at Delaware Park.  “This is our spring and summer home.”

In 2005, the 60-year-old native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky won the Delaware Handicap with Island Sand. The following year, he moved his entire operation to Delaware Park and since then, he has developed filly and mare superstars like Believe You Can, Eight Belles, Lovely Maria, Proud Spell and Havre de Grace at the historic Stanton oval.  Last year, he won the Delaware Handicap for a second-time with the recently retired I’m a Chatterbox.

“We come back to Delaware Park every year because we have had a lot of success,” Jones said.  “It is pretty simple – it is a great spot to run and train.  We can get to a lot of tracks from here, the surface is exceptional every year, the racing is great every season and we love the Delaware Handicap.  Whatever has been good to you, you just keep doing it again and we do not have a reason to be anywhere else.”

Jones went on to elaborate about one of his expectations for this season.

“We do have our sights set on the Delaware Oaks.  Of course we got Jenda’s Agenda, but we also got another filly who is a half-sister to the Grade I winner Hard Aces named Astrollinthepark,” Jones said.  “She has won three in a row and was an impressive winner of a stake in her last race.  Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm also has a filly named Americana, who although still a maiden, is stakes-placed in California. We think she has plenty of promise.”

Others making preparations for the 2017 season at Delaware Park include Tim Ritchey,  Sam Cronk, Randy Nunley, Joseph Arboritanza Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Jonathan Sheppard, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Arnaud Delacour, Scott Lake, Ronald Alfano and Keith Nations.

NOTES –

2017 LIVE RACING DATES – The 80th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on June 3rd and concluding on October 21st.  Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the first race post time at 1:15 p.m

KENTUCKY DERBY – Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 6th.  Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card will be available at Delaware Park on Friday, May 5th.

Handicapping Contests

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The dates for the 2017 Handicapping Tournaments are  July 1,  September 2, November 25.

Tracks for the July 1st Handicap Contest will be: BELMONT, DELAWARE, LAUREL, MONMOUTH, PARX  AND WOODBINE.

Contest Format:

  • Win, Place & Show
  • Participants must wager on minimum of 10 races
  • $10 minimum
  • Participant with highest total after last race will be the winner
  • $100 entry fee and $100 bankroll
  • 95% of the entry fees will be awarded as prizes for each contest
  • Distribution will be as follows  – 1st prize – 50%, 2nd – prize – 25%  3rd – prize 15% and 4th  – prize – 10%
  • Based upon 80 entries – 1st prize  $3,800 – 2nd prize $1,900 – 3rd prize $1,140 – 4th prize $760

Final Standings for April 15 Tournament

Finish First Initial Last Name Final Total Prize Winnings
1 J. Perry $838.40 $2,850.00
2 M. Henry $744.00 $1,425.00
3 J. Varga $855.00 $313.10
4 J. Mason $570.00 $276.50

6th Annual Hat Competition

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Saturday, July 8th be part of the fun in our 6th Annual Hat Competition!  Hats can be hand made or store bought.  Judging THREE categories – Most Glamorous, Best Horse Racing Theme, Most Outrageous.  Judging after the Delaware Oaks race in The Terrace Dining Room.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Please contact Legend’s Management with any questions 302-994-2521  ext 7476.

Grade I Delaware Handicap highlights

2017 Stakes Schedule at Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., February 1, 2017 — The $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap highlights the 2017 stakes schedule at Delaware Park this season.

The mile-and-a-quarter filly and mare summer classic will be run for the 80th time on July 15th.

Last year, the Del ‘Cap was run as a Grade I race for the fourth time since 1989.  Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s locally-based I’m a Chatterbox posted a 2 ¼-length victory over Paid Up Subscriber.  After winning the Grade I Spinster at Keeneland, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Delaware Park-based trainer J. Larry Jones completed her season with a fifth-place finish in the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on November 4th.

“It is always exciting when hometown connections win the premier race of the meet, but it is especially exciting when it is done by a world-class filly,” said Executive Director of Racing John Mooney.  “I want to congratulate team I’m a Chatterbox. We are very much looking forward to her 2017 season.  The Delaware Handicap has always been an important date on the filly and mare national stake schedule and I am sure the upcoming 80th renewal of this historic classic will continue the proud tradition.”

The supporting feature on the Del ‘Cap card is the $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile-and-an-eighth on the grass.  The $50,000 Carl Hanford Memorial Overnight Stake, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile-and-a-sixteenth, and the $50,000 Hockessin Overnight Stakes, 3-year-olds and upward at six furlongs, will also be scheduled as part of the card.

The local Delaware Handicap prep, the mile-and-an-eighth $100,000 Obeah Stakes, will be run on June 10th.  Last year, I’m a Chatterbox won the race named after the two-time Delaware Handicap winner (1969 & 1970) and the dam of Go for Wand who was locally-owned by Harry and Jane Lunger’s Christiana Stables.

Delaware Oaks (Gr. III)

The mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks is scheduled for July 8th.  Since the race was inaugurated in 1938, five Hall of Fame fillies, including Gallant Bloom and Gallorette, and nearly 20 divisional champions, including recent winners Blind Luck and Proud Spell, have won the Oaks.  The supporting feature on the Oaks card will be the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial.  The mile-and-three-eighths turf race for fillies and mares has a purse of $200,000.   The $50,000 Cape Henlopen Overnight Stake, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile-and-a-half on the grass, and the $50,000 Dashing Beauty Overnight Stakes, for fillies and mares at six furlongs, will also be scheduled as part of the card.

Owners’ Day

The $2,050,000 million stakes schedule will culminate with Owners’ Day on September 30th.  The 25th annual Owners’ Day card will feature six restricted stake races worth $500,000 combined.  For the first time, both the $75,000 Delaware Thoroughbred Governors Day Handicap and the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial will offer a bonus of up to $50,000 for Delaware Certified participants.

2017 Live Racing Dates

The 80th season of live racing at the Stanton-oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on June 3rd and concluding on October 21st.  Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the first race post time at 1:15 p.m.

2017 DELAWARE PARK STAKES SCHEDULE

RUNS RACE S/A DIST PURSE
June 10 Obeah Stakes (Listed) FM3+ 1M 1/8 $100,000
July 8 Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) F3 1M 1/16 $300,000
July 8 Robert G. Dick Memorial (Gr. III) FM3+ 1M 3/8T $200,000
July 15 Delaware Handicap (Gr. I) FM3+ 1M 1/4 $750,000
July 15 Kent Stakes (Gr. III) 3 1M 1/8T $200,000
Sept. 30 Tax Free Distaff (Del Bred/Cert)® F&M3+ 6F $100,000
Sept. 30 New Castle (Del Bred/Cert)® 3+ 6F $100,000
Sept. 30 Small Wonder (Del Bred/Cert)® F2 5F $75,000
Sept. 30 First State Dash (Del Bred/Cert)® 2 5F $75,000
Sept. 30 DTHA Governors Cup ®® 3+ 1M 70yds $75,000
Sept. 30 George Rosenberger Mem.®® FM3+ 1M 1/16T $75,000

® – Restricted to Delaware-bred and/or Certified horses.

®® – Restricted to horses who made a start at Delaware Park in 2017 (stake races excluded).

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Dates released for historical 80th season of live racing at Delaware Park

81-day meet highlighted by Delaware Handicap Day on July 15th

Wilmington, Del., January 11, 2017 — Delaware Park received approval from the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission today on dates for the 2017 live racing season.

The historical 80th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on Saturday, June 3rd and concluding on Saturday, October 21st.  Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the first race post time at 1:15 p.m.

 

Horse Racing Simulcast Hours

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Simulcast Hours for Horse Racing All Simulcast Days.  We will be open at 12:00 noon  and will close at 12:00 midnight.  All mutuel machines and TV’s will be turned off at 12:00pm midnight.

 

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RACING CALENDAR

81 days of racing.  Meet starts on Saturday, June 3rd and concludes on Saturday, October 21st.  Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the first race post time at 1:15 p.m.   Click here to view print Live Racing Calendar.