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Delaware Park Rejoins NTRA

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Delaware has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, after a one-year membership hiatus. The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which has been an NTRA member since 1998, also renewed its membership in the NTRA.

Juvenile Consignors To Sponsor Futurity Races

In an attempt to attract more buyers to juvenile auctions, the National Association of 2-Year-Old Consignors will sponsor a pair of restricted stakes at Delaware Park this year. The NATC Futurity will have two divisions, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies. Both will be run at six furlongs on Labor Day weekend, and both will have a purse of $100,000 guaranteed. The value of each race is expected to exceed $200,000.The divisions will be open to any 2-year-old consigned by an NATC member who also is a contributor to the organization's advertising fund.

Personnel Changes at Call Now and Delaware Park

Call Now, the parent company of Retama Park, announced today the retirement of chairman and chief executive officer William Allen and president Robert Buffkin. The new president and CEO is Thomas Johnson and Christopher Hall will replace Buffkin on the board. At Delaware Park, Sam Abbey has been appointed racing secretary and vice president of finance John Rooney announced he will retire.

Mountain Track Gets OK From Maryland Panel

The Maryland Racing Commission on Nov. 27 granted the first new license to operate a racetrack in the state in more than 50 years. The commission gave the go-ahead to William Rickman Jr. and his father, William Rickman Sr., to build a small track in mountainous western Maryland. The last new licenses issued were in 1949 for the Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs harness tracks.

VLTs Produce $244M for Delaware Tracks

Video lottery terminals at the three racetracks in Delaware produced about $501 million -- almost half of which went to the tracks -- for fiscal year 2001, according to information provided by the Delaware State Lottery.

VLTs Produce $244M for Delaware Tracks

Video lottery terminals at the three racetracks in Delaware produced about $501 million -- almost half of which went to the tracks -- for fiscal year 2001, according to information provided by the Delaware State Lottery.

VLTs Produce $244M for Delaware Tracks

Video lottery terminals at the three racetracks in Delaware produced about $501 million -- almost half of which went to the tracks -- for fiscal year 2001, according to information provided by the Delaware State Lottery.

Other Mid-Atlantic Tracks Remain on Fence

In the wake of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's announcement that it will rejoin the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jan. 1, 2002, other Mid-Atlantic associations indicated they're not quite ready to follow suit.

Delaware Park Ties Bonuses to Field Size

Even with daily average purses of $260,000, Delaware Park has often found it difficult this year to fill races, or often had races that filled but were decimated by scratches. So the track devised a bonus scheme based on the size of race fields.

Zonk Upsets Delaware Oaks; Broken Vow Wins

Longshot Zonk rallied from just off the pace to upset Saturday's $261,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at odds of nearly 30-1 in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park. Earlier on the card, Broken Vow earned a one-length win in the $97,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes and Amourette upset 21-10 favorite Aiglonne in the $154,500 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes.

John's Call a Perfect '10'

On Thursday, adorned with "sunglasses" protecting his sensitive eyes, the 10-year-old gelding John's Call jogged and galloped at Atlanta Hall Farm in Maryland in preparation for his seasonal debut Sunday at Delaware Park.

Caressing and Flute Meet in Delaware Oaks

Carl Pollard's Caressing, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last year, and Juddmonte Farm's Flute, winner of the Kentucky Oaks this year, have been entered in Saturday's $250,000 Delaware Oaks along with 12 other 3-year-old fillies. The grade III race will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Bill Would Expand Gaming Venues in Delaware

Legislation introduced in the Delaware House of Representatives this month would allow "qualified entertainment venues" to have video lottery terminals, revenue from which would be used for community redevelopment. Currently, only the state's three racetracks are permitted to have VLTs and slot machines.

Virginia Dates OK'd; Three-State Circuit Proposed

The Virginia Racing Commission on Monday approved a revised live racing schedule for Colonial Downs that dovetails with dates in neighboring Maryland. For next year, one racing official has floated a plan to create a three-state circuit -- Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware -- designed to capitalize on each state's assets.

Proposed Maryland Track Hits Another Snag

The Maryland Racing Commission on Thursday abruptly cut off testimony concerning construction of a racetrack in the western part of the state so opposing sides could work on an agreement to expedite the tedious process. William Rickman Jr., who wants to build the track in remote Allegany County, offered to write a letter of credit to guarantee its financial viability and stability. Rickman, who owns and Delaware Park and Ocean Downs, a Maryland harness track, is the only applicant for the license to construct the track.

Delaware Park: Improvements, Newcomers, and ... Money

New faces and capital improvements will be evident at Delaware Park when the Stanton racetrack kicks off its 140-day meet April 7. Lured by $38.5 million in stakes and overnight purses for a daily average of $260,000, trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send 40 horses to Delaware Park for the first time, while Northern California trainers Lonnie Arteburn and Brent Sumja will also make their first trip. Each trainer will be represented by 30 horses.

Three Wonders Best in Kent BC Stakes

Three Wonders stalked unchallenged early leader Field Cat from second position before sweeping by that rival in the final furlong to win the $250,900 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Delaware Park. Over firm turf, Three Wonders completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.95 with Pat Day in the irons.

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