Delaware Park released its 2010 schedule on Jan. 28, and the 22-race stakes season is highlighted by the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) and the $250,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II).
The 73rd renewal of the Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares will be run on July 17, highlighting the Delaware Handicap Day card, which will also include the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. III) and the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes.
The $250,000 Delaware Handicap purse reduction allows for the addition of a pair of $125,000 stake races to be run later in the season—the Sweet & Sassy Stakes on Oct. 23 and the Brandywine Stakes on Oct. 30.
Additionally this season, the fillies will take center stage in the 59th renewal of the 1 1/16-mile Delaware Oaks (gr. II) on July 10. The supporting features on the Delaware Oaks Day card are the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes and the $100,000 Sussex Stakes.
The 1 1/16-mile Barbaro Stakes honors the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who notched his maiden victory at Delaware Park in his October 2005 career debut. The 1 1/16-mile Sussex Stakes, on the turf, is one of four stakes being brought back to the stakes schedule, which was last run in 2007.
The other three stakes brought back to the stakes schedule, which were all last run in 2008, are the Go For Wand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies to be run on June 5, the Sweet and Sassy Stakes for fillies and mares, and the Brandywine Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
Although both the Susan's Girl Stakes and the Light Hearted Stakes have been dropped from the stakes program, two more stakes are scheduled to be run this year, resulting in a total of 22 stakes, compared to 20 last year.
The projected average daily overnight purse distribution is $200,000 for the 116-day season which opens on May 1 and is slated to close Nov. 6.
Live racing will be held on Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Thursday live racing will be added from July 15 through August 26.