Delaware Park opened its 75th season of Thoroughbred racing on a picture-perfect afternoon May 12 with a large, yet it was also set to face some challenges for the 100-day meet.
The live racing schedule for the 75th anniversary season at Delaware Park is set to begin Saturday, May 12.
- By Tom LaMarra
Cooperation and concessions could do wonders in the Mid-Atlantic region, which badly needs a circuit strategy. read blog
Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association signed a one-year contract May 2 after months of contentious negotiations.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve discusses the Delaware Park ties of Union Rags and Mark Valeski. read blog
Delaware Park was awarded 100 days of live Thoroughbred racing for 2012, but the track has no contract with the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association for the meet.
Anna "Rosie" Napravnik is slated to return to the saddle Oct. 15 after going through multiple surgeries to repair a broken arm she incurred during a spill at Delaware Park July 7.
Delaware Park canceled live racing for Sept. 28 after it was unable to attract enough horses to fill the card.
Fox Hill Farms' Havre de Grace and Palides Investments' Royal Delta worked the morning of Sept. 26 in preparation for their next starts.
Trainer Tony Pecoraro earned his 1,000th career victory in style Sept. 24 when I'm Steppin' It Up held off odds-on favorite King Congie to win the $265,300 Kent Stakes by two lengths at Delaware Park.
All In Stable's Willcox Inn is the 3-1 favorite for the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 24 at Delaware Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf event has attracted a field of 13 sophomores.
In her first workout since defeating males in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), Havre de Grace breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Delaware Park Sept. 19.
Larry Jones, who usually remains at Delaware Park through the end of its live racing meet, is moving his stable to Keeneland in preparation for the Lexington, Ky., racetrack's fall meet.
Although Tropical Storm Irene has left the area, several East Coast tracks are still impacted by the storm that began as a hurricane and was later downgraded before rolling through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
The live racing card for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Delaware Park has been cancelled due to the lack of entries as a result of Hurricane Irene, the track reported.
Heavily-favored Eve Giselle staved off a bid from longshot Sassy City in the early part of the stretch and went on to record her first graded stakes victory in the $151,050 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 20 at Delaware Park.
Graded stakes placed in a pair of starts this year, Ms Vanenzza looks to break through against nine fillies and mares in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 20 at Delaware Park.
Joseph Rocco Jr., the current leading jockey at Delaware Park, won six races July 27 to equal the track's record for most victories in a single day.
Monmouth Park was among several northeastern tracks to cancel live race cards for Saturday, July 23 due to the extreme heat that continues to plague the region.
Delaware Park will host what could be the matchup of the year so far when Blind Luck and Havre de Grace square off in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/4 miles July 16.
Robert Scarborough's Cheetah came from the back of the pack and used an inside stretch move to score the $202,450 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Delaware Park.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik had a second operation on her broken arm July 8. Her recovery time has been estimated at two to three months
Rosie Napravnik will have surgery July 7 on a broken left arm she got after her mount Naseeb broke down during the eighth race at Delaware Park July 6. The filly had to be euthanized.
The Obeah Stakes (gr. III) and Delaware Handicap (gr. II) are her immediate goals, but trainer Larry Jones said Havre de Grace could face males this summer and shoot for a Horse of the Year type of campaign.
Cancellation of one program because of a lack of horses did little to dent the Delaware Park meet, which opened with enthusiasm and features a new program designed to increase attendance.
With a big Memorial Day weekend of racing on tap, I am reminded of a bygone era when both media and horses were treated differently. Read Blog
After making a run at racing history in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Delaware Park's 2010 leading jockey, Rosie Napravnik, is scheduled to make her return to the track May 16.
Jockey Gabriel Saez was arrested May 10 in New Castle, Del., on a domestic incident charge. The 23-year-old rider was released later that day on $100 unsecured bond.
Top horses are entered in two races May 11, with several in a $60,000 sprint stakes at Belmont Park and another in a $41,000 allowance race at Delaware Park.
Delaware Park, which just began its 2011 meet April 30, has canceled live racing for May 10 because of a lack of entries.
Larry Jones will be back as the trainer of record this year at Delaware Park, which will opens its meet April 30 with a strong group of trainers on the grounds.
In the absence of an agreement between horsemen and Delaware Park on racing dates, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Feb. 9 awarded the track 106 racing days for 2011.
In the absence of an agreement between horsemen and Delaware Park on racing dates, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission is prepared to set its own schedule for 2011 during its next meeting Feb. 9.
The 113-day live racing season at Delaware Park concluded Nov. 6 with the total and average daily all sources handle increasing over the figures for 109 day meet in 2009.
Delaware Park has received mostly favorable feedback on its ontrack exacta bonus experiment, but its potential may be hard to gauge until it has a chance to grow.
Separated by just a nose in the recent Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT), Interactif and Grand Rapport will meet again in the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park Sept. 25.
Richland Hills and John Kuehl's Secret Gypsy overcame a traffic-filled trip to win the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 11 at Delaware Park.
After the first three days of its "exacta bonus" experiment, Delaware Park returned more than $8,000 to players on track, according to figures released by the track the week of Sept. 6.
Richland Hills Stable and John Kuehl's Secret Gypsy will be looking to continue her comeback success story when she meets seven rivals in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 11 at Delaware Park for fillies and mares.
Delaware Park will experiment with an ontrack-only pari-mutuel takeout reduction from Sept. 4 through Nov. 6, closing day of the meet.
Lael Stable's Ready Set scored an upset victory against Nicanor in the $50,700 Eight Thirty Stakes at Delaware Park Aug. 25.
Lael Stable's Lentenor, a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, returned to racing with third-place finish in a $36,000 allowance at Delaware Park Aug. 24.
Acting upon the advice of the Delaware Racing Commission veterinarians, Delaware Park cancelled its live racing card July 24 due to the excessive heat in the area.
Life At Ten earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) with her victory July 17 in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at Delaware Park.
Phillip Maas' homebred A She's Adorable will be seeking her second straight victory against stakes company when she meets nine rivals in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park July 17.
Candy DeBartolo's Life At Ten, the late-blooming filly who has just begun to hit her best stride, will seek her sixth consecutive victory when she meets five rivals in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 17.
For the third time this season Blind Luck ran down a rival in the final jump to win by the narrowest of margins, this time nosing out Havre de Grace in the $263,200 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) July 10 on the slop.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Blind Luck looks to stay unbeaten on dirt and score her fourth graded stakes victory of the season when she ships in for the $250,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) on July 10.
With a predicted temperature of 100 degrees and a slightly higher heat index, racetracks in the Northeast canceled or curtailed live racing programs.
After being away from the races for nearly three months, Edward P. Evans' A Little Warm made his return in winning fashion in an overnight allowance at Delaware Park June 29.
Most Popular Stories
- Carpe Diem Back at Keeneland for Blue Grass
- Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen for March 31, 2015
- Fracture Knocks Far From Over Off Derby Trail
- Stallion Sharp Humor Dies in South Korea
- Suffolk Expected to Apply for 2015 Live Dates
- Undrafted Opens Season in Shakertown
- Kobe's Back Returns East for Commonwealth
- Terranovas Seek Derby Success With El Kabeir
- Judy the Beauty Heads Busy Work Tab for Ward
- Peace and War Returns for Ashland