Delaware Park Racing
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Breeders Cup – Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th
Make your Breeders Cup Dining Reservations! On November 4th The New Castle Room will be open from 1:00pm – 8:00pm. On November 5th, both the New Castle Room and The Terrace will be open for service 1:00pm until the last race (approx 8:30pm). To Make your reservations call 302-994-2521 ext 7306.
Delaware Park News & Notes
Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred
Horsemen’s Association sign agreement
Wilmington, Del., October 19, 2016 — Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) have signed a one-year extension to their current agreement ensuring 81 days of exciting live racing at Delaware Park through 2017.
“With the agreement in place, we can focus all of our energy on the historical 80th season in 2017,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice-President of Racing/Finance at Delaware Park. “The stability and certainty of our next season will help us continue the positive momentum established last season of attracting additional horsemen to Delaware so we can continue to offer quality and exciting racing in the highly competitive Mid-Atlantic region.”
Race dates and the stakes schedule will be released in January upon approval from the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
Delaware Park News & Notes
Exciting 79th season of live racing at Delaware Park concludes
with drop in handle
Wilmington, Del., October 19, 2016 — The 79th live racing season at Delaware Park concluded with a drop in total handle (on-track live and simulcast-out) on Saturday, October 15th.
Total handle for the 81-day meet was $93,952,394 as compared to $104,789,404 from the 81-day meet last year, a decrease of 10.3%. The average per race day handle of $1,159,906 was also down 10.3% from the 2015 average of $1,293,696. While handle numbers were down, average starters per race rose slightly. Average starters per race was 7.23 in 2016 as compared to 7.08 in 2015, reflecting an increase of 2.0%
“The drop in handle was disappointing, but it is a direct indication of the competitive racing environment in the Mid-Atlantic and the ever-increasing conflicting dates from other racetracks in the region,” said Senior Vice President of Racing/Finance Kevin DeLucia. “Starters per race increased slightly despite no longer having horses stabled on the grounds from five-time leading owner Midwest Thoroughbreds for the first time since 2009. We also have an agreement in place with horsemen for next year which will help us continue the positive momentum of attracting additional quality horsemen to the Delaware Valley. We are looking forward to our historical 80th season of live racing and overcoming the challenges before us.”
The Delaware Handicap was run as a Grade I race for the fourth time since 1989. On July 16th, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s locally-based I’m a Chatterbox posted a thrilling 2 1/2-length victory in the filly and mare summer classic. The 4-year-old daughter of Munnings is conditioned by long-time Delaware Park-based trainer J. Larry Jones.
“Traditionally, the Delaware Handicap has always been a stepping stone on the path to the filly and mare divisional championship,” said John Mooney, the Executive Director of Racing. “The recent renewals have solidified its position on the national calendar and fulfilled the vision of the track founders in making Delaware Park a filly and mare showcase track. I congratulate the connections of I’m a Chatterbox on her Delaware Handicap and Juddmonte Spinster victories this year. We are looking forward to her having a strong performance in the in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 4th.”
Jockey Carol Cedeno notched her third straight riding title by recording 79 winners. Jamie Ness won leading trainer honors by notching 38 winners. This is the fourth leading trainer championship for Ness, who also won the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Jagger Inc. won the leading owner title by notching 14 wins.
Final Handicap Tournament of the year is on November 19th. Entry fee is $100 and the bankroll will remain $100. The betting format is $10 minimum per race (no maximum) restricted to Win, Place and Show on the contest tracks. Participants must wager on a minimum of 10 races (no maximum). Participant with the highest total after last race is the winner. Prize Structure based upon 80 entries will be 1st Place $3,800 – 2nd $1,900 – 3rd is $1,140 – 4th is $760.
Final Standings for Handicap Tournament September 10th
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2016 Stakes Schedule
2016 Starter Allowance Series
Saturday, July 16th – The Delaware Handicap Grade I
Delaware Park News & Notes
I’m a Chatterbox survives foul claim and wins Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 16, 2016 — After posting an impressive victory in the 79th renewal of the $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap, Carolyn and Fletcher Gray’s I’m a Chatterbox survived a claim of foul before being declared the official winner
With Florent Geroux aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Munnings notched a 2 ¼-length triumph and returned $3.20 as the favorite in the field of six. Paid Up Subscriber, with Ricardo Santana Jr., finished second. It was another 4 ¼-lengths further back to Penwith, with Joel Rosario, in third. Mei Ling, with Jose Ortiz, cut early fractions of :47.72 for the half mile, 1:12.82 for the three-quarters mile and 1:37.47 for the mile before fading to fourth
I’m a Chatterbox covered the mile and a quarter over a fast main track in 2:02.64. Previously, the Kentucky-bred won the $100,000 Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 11. She has a career record of seven wins from 14 starts with earnings of $1,834,614. This was the second Delaware Handicap victory for her trainer J. Larry Jones, who won his first Delaware Handicap in 2005 with Island Sand.
At the start of the race, I’m a Chatterbox bobbled and then ducked in crowding rivals. The chain reaction caused Paid Up Subscriber to be bumped and temporarily knocked off stride. After the race, a claim foul was lodged by Ricardo Santana Jr, against the winner for interference. But the claim was not allowed by the stewards.
“Absolutely, you always worry when it comes down to a decision somebody has to make,” said winning trainer J. Larry Jones. “It did look like the one horse (Paid Up Subscriber) was trying to come out a little as well. It was not pretty a start. It reminded me of the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Bayern. But you had time to overcome it and we were down in and behind horses too. With as much as she won by, I think it was pretty decisive victory and she was much the best.”
Jones was pleased by her effort.
“That was really good and Florent (Geroux) put her right in the spot where she likes to be,” he said. “It was just like he had ridden her before (tongue in cheek). He got her out there and did good job.”
Jones is leaning toward sending I’m a Chatterbox to Saratoga for her next start.
“That is probably the game plan,” he said. “But this was our key race. Even before Keeneland, this was the one. This was the key race, so we are going to just enjoy this one for a little awhile and then we will worry about what is next.”
The trainer of Paid Up Subscriber, Albert Stall Jr., thought his filly should have been declared the winner.
“You know you just would like a clean shot all the way around there,” said trainer Albert Stall Jr. “Her rear end got knocked out from underneath her and it was clearly started by the number 4 horse (I’m a Chatterbox), but she did run a great race and Larry (Jones) had her ready to go.”
The executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, John Wayne released a statement on behalf of the stewards explaining the decision to not allow the claim of foul.
“They said the 4 horse came in, had bumps with the 3 and the 2, which in turn bumped the No. 1. After the bump, the No. 4 lost ground as much as anyone else and was 4 lengths behind the 1 after the bump. They thought that the bump and the fact that the 4 horse was 4 lengths behind the 1, it didn’t cost the 1 horse a placing. And the 1 horse never lost stride for the rest of the race.”
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