Delaware Park, with a meet beginning June 3, today revealed its 2017 stakes schedule, which is topped by the 80th running of the G1 Delaware Handicap.
Delaware Park will shift the start of its 2017 season to June 3, about two weeks later than has been typical in recent years.
Delaware Park and the state’s horsemen agreed to 81 days of live racing in 2017 despite a 2016 season that saw handle drop by ten percent.
Delaware Park concluded its 2016 meet Saturday, and there were plenty of good performances — and other surprises — during the stand.
Delaware Park racing director John Mooney spent much of last winter scouring tracks for horsemen to come to Delaware. Those efforts seem to be bearing fruit.
Jockey Erick Rodriguez shifted his tack to Delaware Park this year — not to find more wins but to be closer to his children. Being tied for fifth among riders doesn’t hurt, either.
Recent college grad Andre Stock is pursuing what he calls his PhD in horsemanship with one of the best profs in the game: trainer Larry Jones.
Trainer Harry Wyner — like a lot of trainers — makes his living in the claiming game. It’s not an easy place to thrive, but he and his stable are on the march.
The annual Family Fun Day hosted by Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Delaware Park will add an additional day of live racing October 13 to make up for a day lost to heat in August and reach 81 days of live racing for the year.
With a half-dozen stakes at Laurel and Delaware, to say nothing of stakes held at Monmouth and Parx, here are five things we learned over the weekend.
Old Harbor blazed to a Delaware Park track record in winning the Rosenberger today, while Ain’t Got Time defended his title in the Governors Day.
Trainer Gina Rosenthal took two Delaware-certified stakes today at Delaware Park; Del Park lover Galiana had to be vanned off.
A pair of juveniles – Sunshine Included and Our Rombauer – made their first wins count in stakes company today at Delaware Park.
Post positions, odds, and analysis for the stakes on Delaware Park’s Owners Day.
Janine Melnitz — named for the secretary in Ghostbusters — makes her first foray into stakes company in Saturday’s Rosenberger. Plus odds and analysis.
Saturday’s Tax Free Shopping Distaff at Delaware Park may run through 3-time champ Galiana. If not there’s an opening for Papa’s Forest, trained by Joe Sharp.
Trainer Larry Jones brings a live pair to Saturday’s DTHA Governors Day Stakes, though Tim Ritchey’s Ain’t Got Time is favored.
Though trainer Jamie Ness split with his main owner 18 months ago, he’s back in familiar territory now: atop the Delaware Park trainer standings.
Talented You Know Too was beaten by a lung infection last out. Saturday she’ll try to make amends in the G1 Spinaway for trainer Michael Gorham.