Wednesday, July 15 2009


Unbridled Belle tops Delaware Handicap


July 15, 2009, Wilmington, DE- July 15, 2009, Wilmington, DE- Team Valor Stable's Unbridled Belle tops a field of seven in the 72nd renewal of the $1 million Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Sunday, July 19. The Del 'Cap will have an approximate post time of 5:35 p .m. The race is the highlight of the Delaware Park Festival of Racing at the Wilmington oval.

For the second straight year , the mile and a quarter classic for fillies and mares has been designated as a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge race with the winner automatically qualifying for the Ladies' Classic on November 6.





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Malibu Prayer looks for first career stakes victory in the $250,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, July 14 - Malibu Prayer, who ran second to Rachel Alexandra in her last outing in the Grade I Mother Goose Stakes, will seek her first career stakes victory in the $250,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 18. The Virginia-bred, owned by James M. Dina, BDL Stables and Phantom House, previously won a mile and a sixth allowance at Philadelphia Park by 7 1/4 lengths before falling to this year's Preakness winner in the mile and a sixteenth stakes race at Belmont Park on June 27.

The mile and a sixteenth Delaware Oaks has been carded as the seventh race with an approximate post time of 3:57 pm. The race is part of the Delaware Park Festival Weekend of Racing, which also includes the $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 19. This weekend, the Delaware Park races, will have a total purse of more than $1.675 million.





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Monday, July 13 2009


DELCAP NEWS & NOTES - July 13, 2009


Wilmington, Del., July 13, 2009 — Some horses are born to run fast on dirt. Star Crown Stable's Icon Project showed her pedigree by racing to her first stakes win in her first race on the dirt at the Grade III New York at Belmont on June 20. On Sunday, she will take to the dirt again in the mile and a quarter $1 million Delaware Handicap.

In her previous eight outings, three in North America and five in England, the 4-year-old daughter Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker had a record of two wins, a second, and two thirds with earnings. Her lifetime record is three wins, a second and two thirds from nine starts with earnings of $220,995.





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Rachel Alexandra assigned top weight for Delaware Handicap


Wilmington, Del., July 12 — Rachel Alexandra has been assigned top weight of 123 pounds for the 72nd running of the mile and a quarter $1 million Grade II Delaware Handicap to be run Sunday, July 19. The spectacular 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro is six-for-six this year including victories in the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Oaks and most recently the Mother Goose Stakes. The Kentucky-bred trained is trained by Steven Asmussen.

Acoma, the recent winner of the Grade III Mint Julep Stakes, and Unbridled Belle, the winner of the Grade II Delaware Handicap in 2007 and most recently the Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park, have both been assigned 119 pounds.





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Tuesday, July 07 2009


DEL CAP FESTIVAL RACING NEWS & NOTES


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, July 7 – Trainer Brad Cox has made the move from Kentucky to Delaware with thirteen horses including a potential Delaware Handicap contender in K.C. Garrett Farm’s Temple Street.

“The summer time racing at home in Kentucky really falls off once the meet Churchill is over,” said trainer Brad Cox. “I have a couple of fillies I feel are stakes caliber and this time of year, there is really nothing at all for them. Delaware’s racing secretary Pat Pope was another reason for the move. He was very good to me this winter in Arkansas (Oaklawn). He was very gracious in giving me stalls in the middle of the Delaware meet which is huge. That is big for that to happen and I am very grateful for that.”





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Monday, July 06 2009


NEW OUTFITS TARGET DELPARK


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, July 5 – Over the coming days look for an influx of more horses from about a half dozen or so new trainers to the Stanton-oval.

Steve Margolis, Neil Howard, Brad Cox, Robert O’Connor, Wallace Dollase and Helen Pitts-Blasi are among the new outfits shifting their operations east to Delaware Park this summer.





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Monday, June 22 2009


Unbridled Belle romps in Obeah Stakes


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, June 20 - Team Valor International's Unbridled Belle clearly stamped herself as one of the favorites for the Delaware Handicap with an easy victory in the $125,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park today. The Obeah Stakes is the local prep for the $1 million Grade II Delaware Handicap to be run on July 19.

With Richard Migliore aboard, the 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow won by 11-lengths and covered the mile and an eighth in 1:50.79 over a sloppy sealed track. The Kentucky-bred trained by Todd Pletcher returned $6.20 as the favorite in the field of seven. In 2007, she won the Delaware Handicap by 7 ¾-lengths. The following year, she won the Obeah Stakes before finishing third in the Delaware Handicap. Her Delaware Park record is five wins, a second, and a third from seven outings.





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Thursday, June 18 2009


Barbaro’s full brother, Nicanor scores second career victory


Wilmington, Del., June 17, 2009 - Barbaro's full brother, Nicanor notched his second career victory at Delaware Park today. With Anna "Rosie" Napravnik astride, the 3-year-old son of Dynaformer prevailed by 1 ¾-lengths and covered the mile and an eighth turf allowance in 1:52.95 over a firm turf course. The Kentucky-bred trained by Michael Matz returned $2.80 as the favorite in the field of eight.

In his first start on the grass, Nicanor scored a 15 ¼-length in a mile and a sixteenth Delaware Park maiden event on May 13. Previously, in his three dirt outings at Gulfstream Park, he ran second in a one mile maiden on March 28, second in a seven furlong maiden on March 7, and unplaced after a troubled trip in a one mile maiden on January 31.





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Delaware Park to Honor Retiring Trainer J. Larry Jones on June 20


Wilmington, Del., June 17, 2009 — Delaware Park will honor trainer J. Larry Jones for his accomplishments and dedication to racing with a special tribute at the Wilmington racetrack on Saturday, June 20.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet the nationally renowned trainer of Hard Spun and Eight Belles at 11 a.m. in the track’s family-friendly paddock and grove area. Later in the day, the fourth race (with an approximate post time of 2:36 p.m.) has been named in his honor as the J. Larry Jones Tribute. A presentation of a trophy will occur immediately after the race in the winner's circle.





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Wednesday, June 17 2009


Unbridled Belle starts path to DelCap in Obeah Stakes


June 16, 2009, Wilmington, DE- Team Valor Stable's Unbridled Belle, the winner of the 2007 Delaware Handicap, will start her path toward the Delaware Handicap this year in the mile and one eighth $125,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The Obeah Stakes, the local prep for the mile and a quarter $1 million Grade II Delaware Handicap to be run on July 19, has attracted a field of eight fillies and mares. The top four finishers in the Obeah will automatically earn a free nomination to the Delaware Handicap.

In her only start this year, Unbridled Belle ran fifth after bobbling at the start in the mile and a sixteenth $350,000 Grade II Louisville Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 1. Last year, the 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow posted a record of a win and two thirds from four starts. Her lone victory in 2008 was in the Obeah Stakes. She followed with a third place finish in the Delaware Handicap. In 2007, the Kentucky-bred trained by Todd Pletcher ran second in the Obeah before winning the Delaware Handicap. She has a career record of six wins, three seconds and three thirds from 19 starts with earnings of $1,520,662.





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Tuesday, June 16 2009


Barbaro’s brother, Nicanor , scheduled to run Wednesday at Delaware Park


Wilmington, Del., June 16 - Lael Stables' Nicanor, a full brother to Barbaro, has been entered to run at Delaware Park this Wednesday. The one mile and an eighth turf allowance is carded as the eighth race with an approximate post time of 4:24pm.





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DELAWARE PARK, NTRA SAFETY AND INTEGRITY ALLIANCE LEADERS TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE


Wilmington, Del., June 15—The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware, and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will join officials of Delaware Park and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for a press conference related to the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Accreditation Review of the racetrack on Wednesday, June 17, at 10 a.m.

The press conference will be held in Delaware Park’s paddock area (weather permitting, otherwise in the New Castle Room).





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