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.
The presentation of the declaration will take place in paddock at Delaware Park after the fourth race. The Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Delaware will make the presentation. Rick Porter will be available for an autograph session after the presentation at the White Tent in the Grove.
The event will add to a full card of live racing featuring four Delaware Certified Stake races. The festivities are sponsored by Delaware Park and the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program.