Friday, April 16 2010
Sellers will continue comeback at Delaware Park
Wilmington, Del., April 15 — Nationally prominent jockey Shane Sellers will be continuing his comeback from retirement as the 73rd season of live racing at Delaware Park kicks off on Saturday, May 1. The 116-day meeting will feature live racing on Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Thursday live cards scheduled from July 15 through August 26. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.
From 1983 to 2004, Sellers, 43, was well on his way to a memorable and elite career, winning more than 4,000 races. The Erath, Louisiana native was the leading rider at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and Arlington Park many times over. He rode in the Kentucky Derby 13 times. He won the Florida Derby twice and the Louisiana Derby twice, and won the Ashland and Blue Grass Stakes three times each. He won two Breeders’ Cup races. Some of his notable mounts included Skip Away, Pulpit, Black Tie Affair, Countess Diana and Buck’s Boy.
Thursday, March 04 2010
Delaware Park Launches Owner Entry Notification Program
Wilmington, Del., March 4, 2010 — Delaware Park announced today the launching of the Owner’s Virtual Stable® powered by Equibase Company LLC. The Owner’s Virtual Stable® is a system that includes email notifications to owners when their horses are entered to race.
Email notifications are automatically generated upon finalization of the track overnight. The email notification will be sent to all owners with valid email addresses on file with Delaware Park. The customized email alerts will also include a link to the Delaware Park overnight, an Equibase past performance chart for the race, and links to purchase additional information.
Friday, January 29 2010
Delaware Park Announces 2010 Highlights, $3.125 Million Stakes Schedule
Wilmington, Del., January 28, 2010 - Delaware Park is gearing up for the start of an action-packed live racing season with the announcement of its 2010 stakes schedule. Two premier races, the $750,000-guaranteed Grade II Delaware Handicap and the Grade II Delaware Oaks, will highlight the 22-race, $3.125 million stakes schedule this year.
The 73rd renewal of the Delaware Handicap will be run on Sat., July 17. The 1 ¼-mile classic for fillies and mares is the highlight of the Delaware Handicap Day card, which will also include the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (includes $50,000 from the B.C.) and the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes. Both of the supporting feature races on the Delaware Handicap Day card honor former chairmen of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Wednesday, January 20 2010
Delaware Park Announces 2010 Live Racing Dates
Wilmington, Del., January 19, 2010 — Delaware Park announced today it will offer 116 days of live thoroughbred racing at the Stanton oval in 2010 with the meet starting on May 1 and concluding on November 6. The schedule for Delaware Park’s 73rd season of exciting live racing was recently approved by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Tuesday, October 27 2009
Cohen, Autrey and Porter Racing Stable take Delaware Park titles
Wilmington, Del., October 26, 2009 — The 2009 live racing season at Delaware Park concluded today with David Cohen capturing the leading jockey honors, Cody Autrey securing the trainer’s title and Porter Racing Stable winning the leading owner of the meet championship.
In his first full season riding at Delaware Park, David Cohen finished on top of the leading jockey standings by notching 152 victories from 558 mounts. A.R. Napravnik finished second with 108 wins, Jeremy Rose finished third with 80, Jose Vega finished fourth 60 and Justin Sheppard finished fifth with 59.
Sunday, October 11 2009
Citrus Kid victorious in Dover Stakes
Team Stallion Racing, John L. Moriano, Harold Lerner, and David Cassidy’s Citrus Kid posted an impressive victory in the $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Abel Castellano, Jr. aboard, the 2-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid drew off in the stretch before notching a 5-length score. The Kentucky-bred trained by Gary Contessa covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.35 over a fast main track and returned $12.20 as the third choice. Longshot Toccet’s Charm, with William Hollick, finished second a neck in front of Quick Ride, with Justin Shepherd. The even money favorite in the field of eight, El Rocco with David Cohen, finished fourth 7 1/2-lengths behind the winner.
Wednesday, October 07 2009
My Charming Clyde tops Dover Stakes
October 6, 2009, Wilmington, DE- Roman Hill Farm's My Charming Clyde tops the $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile and a sixteenth affair for 2-year-olds has attracted a field of eight.
After a strong second place effort in his career debut on June 22, My Charming Clyde has reeled off three consecutive victories all of which came over the Delaware Park main track. In his most recent, the son of Proud Accolade posted a 3-length score against allowance company going six furlongs on September 10. Previously, the Florida-bred trained by Anthony Pecoraro notched a 2-length triumph versus starter allowance competition going six furlongs on August 29. On July 19, he broke his maiden with a 10 ½-length victory going five furlongs in a $25,000 maiden claiming event. He has lifetime earnings of $57,000.
Saturday, October 03 2009
Maiden Ms Vanenzza takes Blue Hen Stakes
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, October 3 - The only maiden in the field of nine, Florence Patitucci's Ms Vanenezza won the Blue Hen Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Joe Rocco Jr. aboard, the 2-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal notched a 1 ½ length score and returned $17.60 as the second longest shot in the race. The Kentucky-bred trained by Juan Vasquez covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.74 over a fast main track.
Tuesday, September 29 2009
Rules R Rules Seeks Third Straight Victory in Blue Hen Stakes
September 29, 2009, Wilmington, DE - The pressure is on this weekend when Fieldstone Stable's Rules R Rules seeks her third straight victory while running in the $75,000 Blue Hen Stakes this Saturday at Delaware Park. The mile and a sixteenth test for 2-year-old fillies has attracted a field of nine.
In her most recent outing, the Florida-bred, conditioned by Delaware Park-based trainer Michael Gorham, won a $36,000 six furlong allowance by 7 ¼-lengths at Penn National on September 4. Previously, Rules R Rules made her career debut with a second place finish going five furlongs against $25,000 maiden claimers at Delaware Park on August 12, followed by breaking her maiden by 6 ¾-lengths in a five furlong $25,000 maiden claiming at Delaware Park on August 26.
Saturday, September 12 2009
DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - OWNERS DAY RECAP
Bold Union takes Endine Stakes
Wilmington, Del., September 12, 2009 - George and Lori Hall's Bold Union notched a front running victory in the $150,000 Grade III Endine Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Jose Velez Jr. aboard, the 3-year-old daughter of Dixie Union won by a length and returned $4.40 as the favorite in the field of six. The Kentucky-bred trained by Kelly John Breen cut early fractions of :21.96 for the quarter mile and :45.63 for the half mile before completing the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:10.41.
DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - MEET TO END OCT. 26
Wilmington, Del., September 11, 2009 — A downturn in purse subsidies from video lottery (slots) revenue is forcing Delaware Park to reduce its 2009 live racing schedule by 7 days. Delaware Park’s live racing meet will now end on Monday, October 26.
“We have had a very successful live racing meet to date,” said Mike Vild, Senior Vice President of Delaware Park. “We have better quality horses and larger fields than in previous years and our customers are wagering more, even though nationally, handle results are down at most other racetracks.”
Tuesday, September 08 2009
DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - OWNERS DAY STAKES ADVANCE - ENDINE, DTHA, ROSENBERGER
Endine Stakes highlights 17th annual Owners Day Card
September 7, 2009, Wilmington, DE - The $150,000 Grade III Endine Stakes highlights the 17th annual Owners Day card to be run at Delaware Park on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Top performers in the six furlong race for fillies and mares include Keep the Peace, Lady Chace, and Iron Butterfly.
Gary and Mary West's Keep the Peace, who tops the field of eight entered. In her most recent outing, the 4-year-old daughter of Touch Gold finished second in the six furlong Grade II Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga on August 9. Previously, the New York-bred trained by Eddie Kenneally ran second in the six furlong Grade I Princess Rooney Stakes at Calder Racecourse on July 11. Her last victory was on February 12 when she notched a 2 ½-length triumph in a six furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park, adding to her career record of three wins, seven seconds and a third from 12 starts with earnings of $313,014.