Delaware Park has retained horseracing veteran John Mooney to consult on racing-specific matters, track officials announced May 12.
Mooney has previously served as general manager of Delaware Park, chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, and as president of the Virginia/Maryland racing circuit. Mooney will assist the Delaware Park management team with the day-to-day horseracing operations, officials said.
“In coordination with the (state) Secretary of Agriculture, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, we are proactively moving forward to clarify any misperceptions in an effort to enhance our racing product,” Bill Fasy, chief operating officer of Delaware Park, said in a statement. “Mr. Mooney is an experienced racing executive, and I am confident that John’s counsel will assist us in achieving our goal of continuing Delaware Park’s tradition of racing.”
Delaware Park has been plagued by short fields since it opened April 19, though a recent influx of horses and the start of the turf-racing season have helped the situation. A recent story in the Wilmington, Del., News Journal outlined the problems faced by the track and its horsemen.
“The Rickman family, the management team, state regulators, the Delaware THA, and our customers want the very best for racing and all are actively involved,” Fasy said. “Unfortunately, the horse racing industry is impacted by a number of factors many of which are beyond the control of the state, the regulators, the horsemen, and the Delaware Park team.”
Delaware Park ownership and management has been accused of only caring bout gaming, but Fasy said the “goal remains to offer the very best in racing and preserve the rich tradition of such recent greats as Afleet Alex, Barbaro, Fleet Indian, and Hard Spun.”
Delaware Park has more than 3,000 video lottery terminals and offers year-round full-card simulcasts.