Delaware Park Racing
2014 Live Racing Dates
May 17th-October 22nd
Post Time is 1:15
Divine Oath tops Grade III Kent Stakes
Wilmington, Del., September 17, 2014 — Let’s Go Stable’s Divine Oath tops the $150,000 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile and an eighth turf event for 3-year-olds has attracted a field of seven.
In his most recent outing on August 16, Divine Oath finished sixth in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. Previously, the son of Broken Vow won the Grade III American Derby at Arlington Park. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Todd Pletcher has a career record of three wins and a second from six starts with earnings of $245,850.
Cudney Stables’ Lafontaine will be making his first start away from his home track. The son of Artie Schiller has made all six of his career starts at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Elizabeth Charalambous has had to earn the respect of the betting public with sharp recent efforts. On June 28, he broke his maiden at odds of 38-to-1 going a mile and a sixteenth on the grass. He followed with a half length triumph on the turf in the mile and an eighth $125,000 Toronto Cup at odds of 18-to-1 on July 20. In his most recent outing, he finished fourth, at odds of 4-to-1, against older horses in a mile and a sixteenth turf allowance on September 1. He has a career record of two wins from six starts with earnings of $105,891.
Charalambous does not expect Lafontaine to have any problems shipping or getting assimilated to a new location. He is shipping tomorrow and he is expected to arrive at Delaware Park in the evening.
“I think he should be a great shipper,” said trainer Elizabeth Charalambous. “He will make a fine shipper because he is the kind of horse that is happy wherever he is. It does not matter where he is – whether at the racetrack or on the farm – he is just very laid back. He is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy and it is hard not to really like him.”
Charalambous credits maturity for the rapid and sudden improvement of Lafontaine.
“As a 2-year-old and for part of his 3-year-old season, he has kind of been a green horse,” Charalambous said. “Compared to some of the other horses I train, it has taken him a little bit longer to come around. But with every race, he has really been improving. His last race was against older horses, so that was not an easy race and he only got beat a length and a half. Truthfully, after he broke his maiden, the light bulb turned on and he figured it out. He has really come a long way in a short period and I could not be more proud of him.
$150,000 Grade III Kent Stakes
at a mile and an eighth (turf)
|1||Divine Oath||Let’s Go Stable||Todd Pletcher||Jose Caraballo||120||2-1|
|2||Other Creek||Lael Stables||Arnaud Delacour||Forest Boyce||116||8-1|
|3||Cabo Cat||Lee Lewis||Mark Hennig||Alex Cintron||120||3-1|
|4||Lafontaine||Cudney Stables||Elizabeth Charalambous||Steve Bahen||120||8-1|
|5||Craftsman||Eclipse Thoroughbred P||H. Graham Motion||TBA||116||4-1|
|6||Bashart||Rosedown Racing||Michael Matz||Joshua Navarro||116||6-1|
|7||Gadget Man||Anthony Bardaro||Joseph Pierce Jr||Julian Pimentel||116||10-1|
Last Handicap Tournament is Saturday, November 22. The Tournament structure has changed from previous years. Entry fee is $100 and the bankroll will remain $100. The betting fomat 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. As in previous tournaments 100% of the entry fees will be returned as prize money. Distribution will be as follows:1st Place 50% – 2nd Place 25% – 3rd Place 15% – 4th Place 10%.
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Tracks for November tournament are Aqueduct, Churchill, Fair Grounds, Laurel, Parx, Woodbine.
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Belle Gallantey posts upset in Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 12, 2014 — Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, Gary Aisquith Belle Gallantey posted an upset victory in the 77th renewal of the $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap today.
With Jose Ortiz aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of After Market notched a 2 ¾ length score over the 1-to-5 favorite, Princess Sylmar with Javier Castellano. It was another half length further back to Flashy American with Alex Cintron in third.
Belle Gallantey returned $15.60 as the second choice in the field of six. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Rudy Rodriguez set fractions of :49.51 for the half mile and 1:13.63 for the three-quarters mile before completing the mile and a quarter in 2:01.15 over a fast main track. Belle Gallantey improved her career record to eight wins from 40 starts with earnings of $866,270.
Having her run in longer races and getting her to relax has been the key to her recent success.
“She was very nervous and she still is a little nervous, but we have tried to make she relaxes and gets comfortable,” said winning trainer Rudy Rodriguez. “I have been galloping and she is doing much better. She had been running short and she got a very good number. We started her going long and she just kept getting better and better. Last time, in the Ogden Phipps, she showed she belonged with this kind and that made it easy for us run in the Delaware Handicap.”’
“The pace set up very well for us today,” said winning rider Jose Ortiz. “We just kind of went slow and easy.”
Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Princess Sylmar did not have an excuse of his filly.
“One of my concerns was not having a true pace scenario developing, which is legitimate, but we have no excuses,” Todd Pletcher the trainer of Princess Sylmar who finished second.
“I don’t think the track bothered her and there was no humidity so it was a great day,” said Ed Stanco primary owner of Princess Sylmar. “My own view – and I haven’t talked to Todd [Pletcher] about it – I thought that over on that far turn she had the opportunity to go through and just didn’t, and that happens. That’s the part I was surprised about but what can you do? That’s racing. And then she started to come on again but the race was over at that time.”
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54-year-old track record falls at Delaware Park today
Wilmington, Del., May 24, 2014 — The track record for one mile on the main track, a record which stood for 54 years, fell at Delaware Park today.
Lawrence Roman’s Stormin Monarcho covered the distance in 1:34.85 in the seventh race with Alex Cintron aboard.
The previous record was 1:35.20 set by Ashlar in 1960.
Stormin Monarcho is a 4-year-old gelded son of Monarchos trained by David Jacobson. He defeated eight rivals in the $40,000 allowance and returned $15.00 as fourth choice. It was the first career outing at DelawarePark for the Kentucky-bred with a lifetime record of five wins from 20 starts with earnings of $192,568.
Live racing returns on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th, Wednesday, May 28th, and Saturday, May 31st. From June 2nd through September 6th, live racing will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beginning on September 8th, Monday will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will be conducted on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through closing day October 22nd. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.
Delaware Park’s premier races, the Delaware Oaks (Gr. II) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 5th and July 12th respectively.
Saturday, July 5th
Delaware Oaks Grade II
Saturday, July 12th
Delaware Handicap Grade I
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