Three weeks after cancer claimed his father, Cleve Delp saddled his first winner as trainer of record when Glenwood Ace ($5.80) won Laurel Park’s second race. The 3-year-old gelding wired the field to win an $18,000 claimer by 9 ¾ lengths.
“Pretty impressive effort,” said Delp, 21, son of Bud Delp and a fulltime student at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. “My dad always wanted me to step up to the plate. The horse ran a big race, he is a nice horse. When he broke his maiden (June 18 at Colonial Downs) it was Ryan Fogelsonger’s 1,000th win.”
The elder Delp, who was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2002, saddled 3,674 winners (ninth on the all-time list) for nearly $41 million and won a stakes race with 70 different horses. Delp is best known for conditioning Spectacular Bid, a three-time champion, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1979. A year later, Delp guided him through an undefeated campaign, winning all nine races en route to Horse of the Year honors, while Delp earned an Eclipse Award as top trainer.
Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, who owned Spectacular Bid, also own Glenwood Ace.