Delaware Park will have many new faces on the backstretch when it opens for its 65th season April 27. Trainers new to the Stanton, Del., racetrack include Leo Azpura, David Donk, Scott Lake, Barclay Tagg, and Jeff Trosclair.
The 139-day meet will conclude Nov. 17. Racing will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. Wednesdays will be added May 22 through Oct. 9. Daily post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Donk, who trained Awad to win the Arlington Million, Early Times Manhattan, and Pan American Handicap in 1995, will split his stable between New York and Delaware. His Delaware division will have approximately 15 horses.
"I have got an overload horses and I needed to have a second division somewhere, and Delaware was the obvious choice with the opportunities and purse structure," Donk said. "Having a second division at Delaware is going to open some doors and give me a lot of options on where I can run my horses. The first division will stay in New York."
Trosclair, who wintered at the Fair Grounds and would normally go to Lone Star Park, will instead send his stable to Delaware.
"I am making the move just for a change from the circuit I had gone to the last couple of summers," Trosclair said. "My stable will have between 15 and 20 horses. The Delaware meet fits well for us because of scheduling and the purses are attractive."
Lake, a Mid-Atlantic kingpin, will have 37 horses at Delaware Park; Azpura will have 28 horses; and Tagg will have 25 horses. Other new trainers are Colleen Bubolz, Tony Cataldi, Jane Cibelli, Paul Cimini, Ken Cox, Manny Criollo, Joe Delecce, William Downing, Walter Durrett, Heather Giglio, James Harries, Doug Hawkins, Robert Helmetag, Tim Hills, Lynda Knee, James Marble, James McMullen, Herbert Miller, Marcial Navarro, Jerry Thurston, Mitchell Preger, Hamilton Smith, and Peter Wasiluck.