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.
Jones first raced at Delaware Park in 2005 and won the Grade II Delaware Handicap with Island Sand. The following year, he relocated his entire operation to Delaware Park and finished sixth in the trainer standings for the 2006 meet. In 2007, he finished sixth in the Delaware Park trainer standings and last year, he finished second.
"It is a privilege for any racetrack to have a trainer of the stature of Mr. Larry Jones with his base of operation at their facility," said Executive Director of Racing John Mooney. "Mr. Jones brings high caliber and quality horses to Delaware for several prominent owners and breeders such as Mr. Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, Vinery Stable, Brereton C. Jones and many others including his wife Cindy. He has been very supportive of Delaware Park racing providing not only stakes caliber horses, but also competitive horses in all levels of our program. We wish him the very best and truly hope he will continue to race and train his horses even beyond this year especially at Delaware Park."
DELAWARE PARK RACING NOTES: In addition to the J. Larry Jones tribute, June 20 will be a great day of racing at Delaware Park, featuring the $125,000 Susan’s Girl Stakes (including $50,000 Breeders’ Cup Fund), the local prep for the Grade II Delaware Oaks, and the $125,000 Grade III Obeah, the local prep for the Grade II Delaware Handicap. The Delaware Oaks and the Delaware Handicap will be held on July 18 and July 19, respectively, and are the premier race events of the Delaware Handicap Race Weekend, one of the most exciting weekends of thoroughbred racing on the East Coast.