Sunday, May 13 2012


North Freeway takes Winter Melody Overnight Stakes


Wilmington, Del., May 12, 2012 — Michael Dubb’s North Freeway, who was claimed for $35,000 in December of 2011, notched her first career stake victory in the Opening Day feature at Delaware Park the $56,000 Winter Melody Overnight Stakes.

With Jose Caraballo aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Jump Start notched a 4 ¼-length front running victory. She returned $4.80 as the favorite in the field of five. The Virginia-bred conditioned by Anthony Dutrow cut early fractions :48.81 for the half mile and 1:12.25 for the three-quarter miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.86 over a fast main track.





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Friday, May 11 2012


75th Anniversary of the Filly & Mare Summer Classic The Delaware Handicap - July 21, 2012


Wilmington, Del., May 9 2012 — When Ramon Dominguez started winning riding titles with regular ease on the New York circuit, nobody in Delaware was surprised.

When the 36-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, accepted his second consecutive Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey earlier this year, the fans who saw him ride at Delaware Park collectively said, ”It is about time.”





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Wednesday, May 09 2012


Robertson Stable gearing up for Delaware Park


Stanton, Del., May 9, 2012 — The stable of Mclean Robertson is expecting another a solid season at Delaware Park. The 75th anniversary season, which will feature 100-days of live racing, is set to open this Saturday.

Last year, the 38-year-old native of Schuyler, Nebraska, posted his best Delaware Park season by finishing third in the standings with a record of 31 winners from 142 starters with earnings of $885,962. In 2010, he posted a record of 12 wins from 88 starters.





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Live Racing Schedule tweaked; Father’s Day and late summer Twilight Thursday cards added


Stanton, Del., May 9, 2012 — The live racing schedule for the 75th anniversary season at Delaware Park has been tweaked to include special Father’s Day and late summer twilight Thursday live racing cards. The 100-day live racing meet is set to open this Saturday and conclude on November 3.

The special Father’s Day live racing card will be held on Sunday, June 17. There will not be live racing the following Monday, June 18.





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Live racing opens for the 75th season at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 12


Stanton, Del., May 9, 2012 — The 75th season of live thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park is set to open Saturday, May 12. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m., and the first 5,000 fans entering the park through the grove and race track valet after 11 a.m. will receive a Delaware Park 75th anniversary commemorative poster.

Opening Day activities officially begin at 9 a.m. with Breakfast in the Park, which features a sumptuous breakfast buffet for $8.95 and an informative handicapping seminar conducted by Delaware Park Handicapper Chris Sobocinski with guest handicapper Rick Smyth, the public handicapper for the Wilmington News Journal. 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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Tuesday, May 08 2012


DELPARK AND HORSEMEN REACH 1-YEAR AGREEMENT


Wilmington, Del., May 7, 2012 — Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) signed a one-year-agreement on Wednesday, May 2. The live racing season is set to open this Saturday. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.

“With the agreement in place, we can now focus all of our energy on the upcoming historical 75th season,” said Michael Vild, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Delaware Park. “We look forward to working with the DTHA so this meet will be exciting and memorable for everybody involved in Delaware racing.”





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DELPARK NEWS&NOTES - NESS FAVORITE TO WIN TRAINER TITLE


Stanton, Del., May 7, 2012 — It is the kind of question that nobody bothers to ask because everybody knows the answer. Who will be the 2012 leading trainer at Delaware Park? There I asked it! If a name other than Jamie Ness is given, well – then people, people around Delaware at least, will wonder about you. The 75th season of live racing at Delaware Park is set to start this Saturday.

Powered by Midwest Thoroughbreds, the leading owner in North America in both starts and wins, Ness is the prohibitive favorite to take the trainer title, even though he has never been the leading trainer at Delaware Park before. Midwest Thoroughbreds has been the leading owner by wins at Delaware Park for the past two years.





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Thursday, February 09 2012


After history-making season, Delaware Park announces dates for upcoming 75th season


Stanton, Del., February 8, 2012 — Horse of the Year, Race of the Year and emerging Triple Crown contenders in the 2-year-old ranks are all tough acts to follow, but just as anything is possible when a fresh field goes postward, so too is a racetrack getting ready to start a new season.

The 75th season of live racing at Delaware Park will feature 100 days, with the meet starting on May 12 and concluding on November 3. Live racing will be held on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.





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Tuesday, January 17 2012


Hometown filly, Havre de Grace, named Horse of the Ye


Stanton, Del., January 17 2012 — A filly from the Mid-Atlantic region, who was stabled in barn 22 at Delaware Park much of this past year, achieved something that Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Barbaro, Hard Spun and Animal Kingdom could not. Havre de Grace, locally-owned by Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, won 2011 Horse of the Year honors and became the first locally connected horse to win the award since the legendary Spectacular Bid won the honor in 1980. The announcement was made late last night at the 41st annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

Havre de Grace was stabled at Delaware Park from April through late September. The Kentucky-bred trained by J. Larry Jones won the Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park before suffering her first lost of the year when she ran second, beaten by a nostril, against her arch-rival Blind Luck in what many have dubbed “The Race of the Year” in the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap. Undeterred, the daughter of Saint Liam followed with a victory in the Woodward, against the boys at Saratoga, a win in the Beldame at Belmont and a fourth-place outing, versus males, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.





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Wednesday, November 09 2011


Delaware Park News & Notes Meet concludes after historic moments


Wilmington, Del., November 5, 2011 — The 74th live racing season at Delaware Park concluded with mixed results on Saturday. The racing season was highlighted by one of the most memorable races in the history of the track, while the all sources handle (live on-track and live simulcasting-out) decreased.

In the 74th renewal of the Grade II Delaware Handicap, California invader Blind Luck defeated her arch-rival and locally-based Havre de Grace by a nostril in what many have dubbed the “The Race of the Year.” Undeterred, Havre de Grace, who was stabled at Delaware Park, followed with a victory in the Woodward, against the boys at Saratoga, a win in the Beldame at Belmont and a fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. If the 4-year-old daughter of Saint Liam owned by Wilmington, Delaware native Rick Porter and conditioned by Delaware Park regular J. Larry Jones is voted the Horse of the Year, she would become the first locally-based horse to achieve the honor since Spectacular Bid won the award in 1980.





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Tuesday, November 01 2011


CLOSING DAY SATURDAY/DELPARK BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES


Stanton, Del., November 1, 2011 — A strong contingent of local horses seeking national glory in the Breeders’ Cup Championships highlights Closing Day for the 74th season of live racing at Delaware Park this Saturday.

The 11-race live racing program is set to get underway with a special 11:45 a.m. post time for the first race. The 12-race Breeders’ Cup program, simulcast from Churchill Downs, will begin with a first race post time of 12:05 p.m. On Friday, the Breeders’ Cup Ladies card will have a first race post time of 2:00 p.m.





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Thursday, October 13 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - 10-12-11 - HAVRE DE GRACE DAY


Stanton, Del., October 12, 2011 — The Honorable Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell, has declared this Saturday, October 15, as Havre de Grace Day in honor of the locally-owned Delaware Certified filly. The 4-year-old owned by Wilmington, Delaware native Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, will make her next start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Chruchill Downs on November 5. A victory in the Classic would all but assure her Horse of the Year title and make her the first locally-based horse to win the award since Spectacular Bid won the award in 1980.

In celebration of the day, the first 1,000 fans that come out to Delaware Park will receive an 8x10 commemorative photo of Havre de Grace.





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