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.
Autrey will have a nice mix of horses at Delaware. Look for his horses early in the meet.
“We brought a little of everything and we will be active right from the beginning,” he said. “I think the first few days into the meet, we are going to have seven to ten horses entered. Our horses should fit the condition book real well. I do not like bringing horses if there is not a race in the book. If there is not a race in the first book, there is usually not going to be a race in the next book. We are going go be rotating between Churchill and Delaware depending upon the condition books. I already shipped some of my Churchill horses to Delaware and if there is not a spot for them, we are just going to shuffle them back and forth. I am going to try to keep as many as I can at Delaware.”
Other new trainers that have targeted Delaware Park this year include: Michael Stidham and Ron Moquett.
Returning top trainers include: Scott Lake, Peter Walder, J. Larry Jones, Tim Ritchey, Steve Klesaris, Michael Gorham, Jonathan Sheppard, Anthony Dutrow, Michael Matz and H. Graham Motion.