Thursday, May 12 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - MAY 11 2011


Wilmington, Del., May 11, 2011 —After making a run at racing history in the Kentucky Derby, the leading jockey from last year, Rosie Napravnik is scheduled to make her return to Delaware Park this Monday. The 23-year-old native of Morristown, New Jersey, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby aboard Pants on Fire, has six scheduled mounts on the Monday card.

Last year, Napravnik became the first female rider in the history of Delaware Park to capture the leading jockey title by posting a record of 126 winners from 529 mounts. She followed up her Delaware Park success by winning the Louisiana Derby and capturing the leading jockey title at the Fair Grounds, and in so doing she became the first female to win the Louisiana Derby and the first female to win the Fair Grounds jockey title.





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Wednesday, May 11 2011


Sarah’s Song tries Stakes Company in the Winter Melody overnight stakes


Newark, Del., May 10, 2011 — The local road to the July 16 Delaware Handicap will begin this Saturday when 10 fillies and mares go post ward in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware Park. The next local prep for the $750,000 Grade II mile-and-a-quarter classic is the mile-and-an-eighth $150,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes on June 11.

After a sensational winter campaign at Oaklawn Park, Sarah’s Song will be stepping in against stakes company for the first time in her career.





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Monday, May 09 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - MAY 9 2011


Wilmington, Del., May 9, 2010 — Ben Mondello’s Kiernan’s Legacy made every step a winning one in the featured $41,000 allowance race at Delaware Park today.

With Julian Pimentel aboard, the 6-year-old son Perigee Moon cut early fractions of 22.71 for the quarter and :45.76 for the half before completing the six furlongs in 1:09.04 over a fast main track. The Ontario-bred conditioned by Scott Lake won by 5 1/4-lengths and returned $5.80 as the second choice in the field of six.





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Wednesday, May 04 2011


Comedero fresh, fit and ready for Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial


Stanton, Del., May 3, 2011 — Peter Redekop’s Comedero should be a fresh, fit and ready for his engagement in the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The six furlong event for 3-year-olds and upward has attracted a field of eleven.

In his only outing this year, the 4-year-old gelded son of Posse posted a 10 ¾-length victory a $50,000 state-bred stake at Oaklawn Park on April 2. Last year, the Arkansas-bred conditioned by Michael Stidham won his first five races of the season by a combined margin of 29 ½-lengths before finishing second and unplaced in his last three. His final victory in 2010, the seven furlong $400,000 Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town on June 19, may have taken just a little bit to much out of him.





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Tuesday, May 03 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - MAY 3 2011


Wilmington, Del., May 3, 2011 — When the field goes postward for the Kentucky Derby at 6:24 p.m. this Saturday, the Delaware Park connections will be plentiful.

The top local contender in the 137th “Run for the Roses,” is Pants on Fire, who will be ridden by the 2010 Delaware Park leading jockey Rosie Napravnik. Last year, Napravnik became the first female in Delaware Park history to win the leading jockey title by posting a record of 126 winners from 529 mounts with earnings of $3,058,683. After her mount in the Kentucky Derby, she will return to Delaware Park to defend her title. The 23-year-old native of Norristown, New Jersey, who has been riding nearly full-time at Delaware Park since 2006, notched her 1,000th career victory at Delaware Park when she guided Laughing Charlie to a win on October 27, 2010. Napravnik, who won her first career race aboard Ringofdiamonds at Pimlico on June 9, 2005, followed her historical Delaware Park season by becoming the first female to capture the leading rider title at The Fair Grounds and the first female rider to win the Grade II Louisiana Derby when she won aboard Pants on Fire.





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Monday, May 02 2011


Delaware Park News & Notes Marvel Wood the Money Maker


Wilmington, Del., May 2, 2011 — Let's make a deal! $5,000 upfront with a 10-month return on investment of $100,000, minus maintenance expenses, with excellent potential for future growth. Sounds too good to be true, eh! In a game with far more losing propositions than winning, that is the exact deal trainer Juan Vazquez struck when he claimed King Star Farm’s Marvel Wood.

“He is my money maker,” said Vazquez, who was the leading trainer at Delaware Park in 2010. “He is my champion at Delaware Park. For some reason, he really likes this track. He is very happy here, and he seems to be very comfortable with surroundings at Delaware Park. He definitely likes the track here. But he has a ton of class, and he can run at any distance on the dirt or turf. He came out of the race in very good shape. We are not sure when he will run next, but you can bet it will most likely be at Delaware Park.”





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Sunday, May 01 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - OPENING DAY APRIL 30


Wilmington, Del., April 30, 2011 — King Star Farm’s Marvel Wood continued his winning ways on opening day at Delaware Park today.

The 7-year-old son of Ormsby notched a 2 ¾-length victory in a $19,500 starter allowance to run his Delaware Park record to nine wins from sixteen starts. With Jeremy Rose, aboard the Florida-bred covered the six furlongs in 1:08.80 and returned $4.40 as the favorite in the field of eight.





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Wednesday, April 27 2011


Live racing opens for the 74th season at Delaware Park on Saturday, April 30


Wilmington, Del., April 27, 2011 — The 74th season of live thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park is set to open this Saturday, April 30. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans entering the park through the grove, race track valet and the Park Pizza area 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 Daily Racing Form handicappers Dan Illman and Mike Beer. 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, April 26 2011


Pick-5 Introduced to Delaware Park’s 2011 Wagering Format Trifecta & Pick-3 reduced to 50¢ minim


Wilmington, Del., April 26, 2011 — A couple new wrinkles will be introduced to the wagering format when the Delaware Park live race season begins on April 30.

New to the wagering format will be a 50¢ minimum wager Pick-5, which will begin with the third race, and the minimum wager for Trifectas and Pick-3s will be reduced to 50¢. Trifecta wagering is available in all races and the Pick-3s will roll throughout the card.





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Wednesday, April 20 2011


Ward shifting some horses to Delaware Park


Wilmington, Del., April 20, 2011 — A new face to Delaware Park this year will be trainer Dennis Ward, the father of trainer Wesley Ward, who will be relocating his operation from the Southwest to the East Coast. The 74th season of live racing will open on Saturday, April 30. Daily post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.

“I have been allotted 28 stalls, and I am going to fill them all,” said trainer Dennis Ward. “I hope I am going to have more once we get up and going. As soon as Gulfstream and Keeneland end, between myself and Wesley we are going to have over 100 horses to figure out where they should go. We are going to see which ones fit and what kind of races we are going to be having at Delaware. After that we will be shipping them and filling up the stalls. We are going to have 40 at Aqueduct and some at Monmouth. We are going to have plenty of horses.”





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J. Larry Jones back in the saddle at Delaware Park


Wilmington, Del., April 20, 2011 — The name J. Larry Jones will be back in the official track program at Delaware Park when the Stanton oval opens for the 74th season of live racing on Saturday, April 30. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.

At the conclusion of the 2009 Delaware Park meet, Jones announced his retirement from training, and his wife, Cindy, took over as the trainer. Jones assumed the role of her assistant. At the end of the 2010 Delaware Park meeting, Jones announced he would be coming out of retirement for the 2011 Oaklawn Park season, and his wife would once again assume the role as his assistant. At Oaklawn Park, Jones posted a record of 18 wins, 14 seconds and 11 thirds from 80 starters with earnings of $1,172,253, including victories in the Grade II Fantasy Stakes with Joyful Victory and the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap with Havre de Grace, who are locally owned by Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farm.





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Tuesday, April 19 2011


Delaware Park News & Notes Stidham bringing more horse power to Delaware Park in 2011


Wilmington, Del., April 19, 2011 — Trainer Michael Stidham will be bringing more horse power for his third season at Delaware Park this year. Opening Day for the 74th season of live racing at Delaware Park is set for Saturday, April 30. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.

“We are probably going to have about 40 horses,” said Stidham. “We will also have between 30 and 40 horses at Arlington Park. In previous years, we have had a smaller string at Delaware, and we have had the majority of our horses at Arlington. We kept only about 20 horses at Delaware the first two summers, but this year we are going to have a bigger influence at Delaware.”





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