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Thursday, May 14 2009


Nicanor scores first career victory


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, May 13, 2009 – Nicanor, the brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, notched his first career victory at Delaware Park today. With Anna (Rosie) Napravnik astride, the Kentucky-bred trained by Michael Matz notched a 15 1/4-length score and completed the mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:46.31 in his first career race on the grass.





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Sunday, April 26 2009


Acting Zippy springs upset in Vincent A. Moscarelli MemorialW


Wilmington, Del., April 25, 2009 - William Don Bennett and Carl Bowling's Acting Zippy posted an upset victory in the opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, at Delaware Park today.

With David Cohen astride, the 4-year-old gelded son of City Zip who has a weakness for tacos and donuts, returned $50.40 as the longest shot in the field of nine. The Florida-bred trained by William Don Bennett, who is in his first full year stabled at Delaware Park, notched a 4-length score and covered the six furlongs in 1:08.37.





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Wednesday, April 22 2009


Rollers tops Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes


April 22, 2009, Wilmington, DE—Lael Stables Rollers tops the Delaware Park opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, this Saturday. A field of ten has been entered in the six furlong affair for 3-year-olds and upward.

Most recently, the 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic ran third in a six furlong $62,000 allowance at Keeneland on April 4. The New York-bred trained by Barclay Tagg ran second in the six furlong $100,000 Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 17. Last year, he notched three wins, including a victory $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Philadelphia Park, and two seconds from six starts. His career record is four wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts with earnings of $342,214. Anna Napravnik will ride.





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Tuesday, April 21 2009


Live racing opens for the 72nd season at Delaware Park this Saturday


Wilmington, Del., April 21, 2009 — The 72nd season of live thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park is set to open this Saturday, April 25. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans entering the park after 11 a.m. will receive a Delaware Park cap.

Opening Day activities officially begin at 9 a.m. with Breakfast in the Park, which features a sumptuous breakfast buffet for $7.95 and an informative handicapping seminar conducted by Joe DeVivo of the Daily Racing Form. Guests attending Breakfast in the Park, which will be held in the New Castle Room on the third floor of Delaware Park’s clubhouse, will also receive a free racing program and special gift.





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Friday, April 17 2009


Stidham and Moquett among new trainers sending horses to DelPark in ’09


Wilmington, Del., April 16, 2009 — Michael Stidham and Ron Moquett. a pair of top trainers from the Midwest, are moving east to Delaware Park for the spring and summer. Opening Day for the 116-day meet is Saturday, April 25. The 72nd live racing season will have a daily first race post time of 1:15 p.m.

In prior years, Michael Stidham, who finished sixth in the trainer standings at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet, would send a division to Arlington Park and to Lone Star Park. This year, the 51-year-old native of Neptune, New Jersey, will be sending a division of about 40 horses to Arlington Park and a string of about 20 horses to Delaware Park.





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Thursday, April 09 2009


Autrey targets DelPark


Wilmington, Del., April 9, 2009 — Cody Autrey, a perennial top trainer in the Midwest, is among some of the new trainers targeting Delaware Park for the upcoming 72nd live race meeting. The 116-day live race season opens on Saturday, April 25 and ends on Saturday, November 7. Post time for the first race has been set at 1:15 p.m.

Since finishing third in the trainer standings at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet, Autrey started sending horses to Delaware Park. By the beginning of the season at the Stanton-oval, Autrey should have approximately 35 horses on the grounds. In past years, the native of Waxahachie, Texas, has split his operation between Churchill Downs and Lone Star Park after the Fair Grounds. But, this year, the 29-year-old who won his first career race at Retama Park on September 14, 2000, will split his stable sending a division to Churchill Downs and for the first time in his career sending a division to the east coast.





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Thursday, January 29 2009


$1 Million Delaware Handicap Highlights Delaware Park’s 2009 $3.175 Million Stakes Schedule


Wilmington, Del., January 29, 2009 - The $1,000,000-guaranteed Grade II Delaware Handicap is the highlight of the $3.175 million 2009 stakes program at Delaware Park (http://www.delawarepark.com). The program includes $150,000 from the Breeder's Cup Fund.

The Delaware Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile classic for fillies and mares, will be the feature presentation of the $1.775 million Delaware Handicap Festival of Racing slated for July 18-19. The 72nd renewal of the Delaware Handicap will be run on Sunday, July 19. The supporting races on the Delaware Handicap Day card are the Grade III Barbaro Stakes and the Light Hearted Stakes.





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Wednesday, January 07 2009


Delaware Park Announces 2009 Live Racing Dates


Wilmington, Del., January 6, 2009 — Delaware Park announced today it will offer 116 days of live thoroughbred racing at the Stanton oval in 2009 with the meet starting on April 25 and concluding November 7. The schedule for Delaware Park’s 72nd season of exciting live racing was recently approved by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.





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Thursday, October 30 2008


Get an earlier start on racing with Delaware Park’s new first post time


Don't miss the thrill and excitement of thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park as first post time "falls back" to 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, to account for the end of daylight savings time.

The new first race post time, which is 25 minutes earlier, will continue for all race days through the last day of live racing at Delaware Park, which will be held on Tuesday, November 11. Live racing is held Saturday through Tuesday. The previous first post time was 12:45 p.m.





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