The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission announced the appointment of a new state steward and a new safety steward for the 2019 season.
Delaware Park will have a slightly longer meet in 2019 than it has in recent years.
Legalized in mid-year, sports betting was by the end of 2018 having significant impacts on the gambling landscape throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
While early returns on from horsemen and racetrack execs at Delaware Park are positive, sports wagering’s long-term impacts on racing itself are unclear and some horseplayers are fretful.
Despite despite declines in turf racing and field size – both due in large part to a rainy season – Delaware Park saw wagering handle increase 17 percent in the just-completed 2018 season.
Delaware Park’s annual End of Meet Showcase is designed to find new homes and careers for retiring Thoroughbreds, Arabians, and ponies and will take place October 21.
Trainer Kathleen O’Connell earned her 2,000th career win one day after Delaware jocks visited a nearby children’s hospital.
With racing secretary Jed Doro leaving his position, Delaware Park expects to make do through the end of this season October 20 before hiring a new racing secretary for 2019.
Delaware Park racing secretary Jed Doro will fill that same role at Oaklawn Park effective September 24.
The addition of an athletic trainer at Delaware Park will enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys during the meet.
One of the new faces around Delaware Park this year is that of Cynthia Smith, the state’s second-ever female steward.
The Delaware Racing Commission decision not to impose further penalties on an assistant starter has angered some, including PETA — but cheered others, including some riders.
An assistant starter who video showed striking a fractious horse several times will receive no further discipline, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards have ruled.
The 2018 live racing meet at Delaware Park will be the first conducted with full sports betting legalized, the track expecting to start taking bets in June.
Live racing returns to Delaware Park May 30, with Family Fun Day slated for June 2, the opening Saturday at the track.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has named a new associate steward and a new safety steward for 2018.
James A. Lages, a steward for the last two years in Delaware, has been named chief state steward by the state’s Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Delaware Park will race 81 days in 2018, with the meet opening May 30 and extending to October 20.
Even though live racing is still almost five months away, folks at Delaware Park are already hard at work in preparation for the 2018 meet.