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.
Live racing will be held on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Live racing will not be conducted on the first Thursday of the meet on May 17. Admission and general parking are free. Delaware Park’s premier races, the Delaware Oaks (Gr. II) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. II), will be held on July 14 and July 21, respectively.
Opening Day activities officially begin at 9 a.m. with Breakfast in the Park, which will feature 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.
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. The first in the Family Fun Day series, featuring activities for the kids and a country style barbecue, will a get underway at noon in the famous Delaware Park picnic grove. The Family Fun Day activities include a moon bounce, a super slide and pony rides.
Registration for the May monthly Handicapping Contest will start at 10 a.m. The monthly Handicap Contests consist of six tracks with a maximum of two entries per person. The purse distribution, based upon 150 entries, is as follows: $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second, $900 for third and $600 for fourth. The winner of each monthly contest wins entry, airfare and accommodations for the 2013 Coast Casino Horse Players World Series in Las Vegas. The remaining seven monthly handicapping tournaments are scheduled for June 23, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 24 and December 8.