Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots
777 Delaware Park Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19804

 

Phone: 800-41-SLOTS

Email: programs@delawarepark.com

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DETAILED DIRECTIONS PER LOCATION

MARYLAND & DC
Baltimore, MD / Bay Bridge, MD / Washington DC

From The Chesapeake Bay Bridge(North):

  • Take Route 301 North to Middletown (Approximately 40 minutes or 45 miles).
  • In Middletown take 299 East for approximately 1 1/2 miles to Route 1/Route 13.
  • Take Routes 1/13 North over the new Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal at St. Georges (Approximately 10 Minutes or 10 Miles).
  • Follow Route 1 to the Christiana Mall area.
  • You are now on Delaware Route 1/Route 7 headed North. Continue directly ahead for approximately 1 1/2 miles or 5 traffic lights. (After approximately 3/4 of a mile the designation as Route 1 ends and the road becomes Route4/Route 7. It is the same road just different numbers.)
  • Turn left at the fifth traffic light. This is Delaware Park Boulevard. This road will bring you first to the Casino Entrance to Delaware Park.

NEW JERSEY
Camden, Trenton / South Jersey

From New Jersey/New York City (Southwest):

  • Take the New Jersey Turnpike or Route 295 Southwest. (From New York City to Exit 1 at the South end of the Jersey Turnpike is approximately 120 miles. To Delaware Park it is 130 miles or 2 1/2 hours.)
    Cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge (Twin Bridges).
  • Continue on 295 until it joins 495 and 95 Southwest of Wilmington. The combined roads then become 95 approximately 4 miles South of the Memorial Bridge.
  • Leave Interstate 95 at exit 4B Stanton.
  • You are now on Delaware Route 58 (Churchman's Road) headed West.
  • To get to Delaware Park you can turn right after the first light. (This is just beyond the DelTech campus.
  • You are now on Delaware Route 1/Route 7 headed North. Continue directly ahead for approximately 1 mile or 5 traffic lights. (After approximately 1/4 of a mile the designation as Route 1 ends and the road becomes Route4/Route 7.)
  • Turn left at the fifth traffic light. This is Delaware Park Boulevard.
  • This road will bring you first to the Casino Entrance to Delaware Park.

PENNSYLVANIA
Lancaster, PA / Philadelphia, PA / Reading, PA
West Chester, PA

From The Philadelphia Airport

  • Interstate 95 South to Interstate 495 South
  • Interstate 495 will connect again with Interstate 95 South of Wilmington
  • Continue South on Interstate 95 to Churchmans Road Exit 4B
  • Once off exit keep straight on Route 58 (through five lights).
  • At the 6th light (junction of Route 58 and Route 4) continue
    straight into Delaware Park entrance. This road will first bring you to the clubhouse entrance to Delaware Park.

From Philadelphia Southwest

  • Take Interstate 95 Southwest for approximately 45 to 50 minutes. (It is about 45 miles from Philadelphia to the highway exit for Delaware Park.)
  • Leave Interstate 95 at exit 4B (Stanton, Churchman's Road).
  • You are now on Delaware Route 58 (Churchman's Road) headed West.
  • To get to Delaware Park you may turn right after the first light.
  • You are now on Delaware Route 1/Route 7 headed North. Continue directly ahead for approximately 1 mile or 5 traffic lights. (After approximately 1/4 of a mile the designation as Route 1 ends and the road becomes Route4/Route 7.)
  • Turn left at the fifth traffic light. This is Delaware Park Boulevard.
  • This road will bring you first to the Casino Entrance to Delaware Park.

LOCAL INFO
Delaware, Local / Del Park Blvd. / Del Park Entrances
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Entrances to Delaware Park:

There are three entrances to Delaware Park:

  1. The Kirkwood Entrance is accessible from Kirkwood Highway (Route 2). There is no shuttle bus to the parking area and there is no valet parking. There is handicapped parking area but to reach the Casino or Racetrack you must walk through a tunnel under the railroad.
  2. There is an entrance at the junction of Routes 58 and 4 (Churchman's Road and Ogletown Road). This is the Southwest corner of Park grounds. It is across the street from Christiana Hospital. This entrance provides access to both the Clubhouse and the Casino but is closer to the Clubhouse. (Valet Parking is available $4.00). Shuttle buses run from the Parking Area to the Clubhouse.
  3. There is an entrance near the Junction of Route 4 and 7. This is the Northeast corner of Park grounds. This entrance provides access to both the Casino and the Clubhouse but is closest to the Casino. (Valet Parking is available $4.00). Shuttle buses run from the parking area to the Casino.
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Delaware Park Racing

May 21st-October 15th
Daily Post Time: 1:15pm Eastern

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Delaware Park News & Notes

MISTER NOFTY NOTCHES UPSET IN GROVER “BUDDY’ DELP MEMORIAL

Wilmington, Del., August 24, 2016 — HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing’s Mister Nofty notched his first career stake victory in upset fashion in the $50,000 Grover “Buddy” Delp Memorial at Delaware Park today.

With Brian Pedroza aboard, the 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy won by a neck and returned $34.40.  The even-money favorite in the field of nine, Doctor Mounty with Edgar Prado, finished second.  It was another 1 1/2-lengths further back to Pizmo Time, with Trevor McCaarthy, in third.

Mister Nofty cut early fractions of :47.34 for the mile and 1:10.93 for the three-quarters mile before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.02 over a fast main track.

The Pennsylvania-bred trained by Keith Nations raised his career record to four wins from eight starts with earnings of $119,870.  In his previous outing, he won a mile and seventy yard Pennsylvania-bred restricted allowance on the grass at Parx on August 9th.

“I am a little overwhelmed,” said winning trainer Keith Nations.  “I thought he would run a good race.  He really has gotten better.  But it is a great honor to win a race like this named after a Delaware Park legend.  This race came up pretty tough for a $50,000 stake. When we entered, I thought we would be one of the favorites and we ended up around 16-to-1.  We are not sure where we will go next with him.  We just want to enjoy this one for a few days and see how he comes out of the race.”

Family Fun Day – September 24thFamily Fun Day Flyer

Family Fun Day has been rescheduled and will now take place on September 24th.  Bring the kids and come join us for an action packed afternoon filled with exciting races and family fun on September 24th.  12:30pm – 3:30pm in the Grove.  The kids will receive an official membership card.  RETURNING MEMBERS don’t forget to bring your membership card and check in.  Features bouncy house and bouncy slide, pony rides, popcorn, cotton candy, sno kones, face painters, balloon twisters and lot more to entertain all family members.  No drop-offs child must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Post Time is 1:15pm.

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Handicapping Contests

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2016 Handicap Tournaments –  September 10th, 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.     Tracks for the contest will be Delaware Park, Belmont, Monmouth, Laurel, Parx and Gulfstream Park.

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Final Standings for Handicap Tournament August 6th

Finish First Initial Last Name Final Total Prize Winnings
1 T. Cook $2,173.00 $3,515.00
2 M. Wall $1,190.80 $1,757.00
3 M. Johnson $398.50 $1,055.00
4 D. Detweiler $390.10 $703.00

2016 Stakes Schedule

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2016 Starter Allowance Series

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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.”

Delaware Park News & Notes

American Patriot takes Kent Stakes in record setting fashion 

Wilmington, Del., July 16, 2016 — WinStar Farm’s American Patriot won the $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes in record setting fashion at Delaware Park today.  With Jose Ortiz aboard, the 3-year-old son of War Front established a new track record for a mile and an eighth on the turf by running the distance in 1:47.19.  The previous record was held by Optimizer who ran the distance in 1:47.27 in 2012.

He’ll Pay, with Florent Geroux, cut early fractions of :48.20 for a half mile and 1:12.00 for the three-quarters before finishing second a neck in front of Inspector Lynley, with Joel Rosario, in third.

American Patriot raised his career record to three wins from six starts with earnings of $212,012.  He returned $5.40 as the favorite in the field of seven.  The Kent Stakes was the first career stake victory for the Kentucky-bred trained by Todd Pletcher.

“I asked him to go at quarter pole, he gave me a great run for the quarter pole to the wire,” said winning rider Jose Ortiz.  “I think he is a really nice and he will improve.  You are going to hear more about this horse.”

Delaware Handicap News & Notes

Wilmington, Del., July 12, 2016 — Today, Richard E. Handlen, who trained for William DuPont Jr.’s Foxcatcher Farm for three decades, was inducted into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame, joining six other legendary conditioners.

“He was one of the greatest,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President at Delaware Park. “He won the first Delaware Handicap with Rosenna in 1937 and he is the only trainer to win the Santa Anita Handicap and Derby in the same year.  In his career, he won nearly 40 stakes over three decades and conditioned three champions all for the same owner – Foxcatcher Farm.”

In total, Handlen won four stakes at Delaware Park. After his Del’Cap win in 1937, he won the 1953 Kent Stakes with Chevation andcampaigned the older filly and mare champion Parlo, who won the Delaware Oaks in 1954 and the Delaware Handicap in 1955.Other champion horses conditioned by Handlen include Rosemont, who upset Seabiscuit in the 1937 Santa Anita Handicap, Fairy Hill, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby in 1937, Dauber, who won the Preakness Stakes in 1938, Fairy Chant, the 3-year-old filly champion in 1940 and the older filly and mare champion in 1941, and Berlo, the 3-year-old filly champion in 1960.

Handlen joins Henry Clark, Virgil “Buddy” Raines, Carl Hanford, Frank Whitely, Jr., Oscar White and Grover “Buddy” Delp into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame.

Live Racing – 79th Season

May 21st through October 15th
81 days of live and premier races return to Stanton

The 79th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on Saturday, May 21st and concluding on Saturday, October 15th.

Live racing updates are as follows:

  • During the first week, live racing will be held three days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Live racing will be added on Thursdays from June 2nd through September 22nd.
  • Beginning on September 29th, Thursdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing day, October 15th.
  • During the season, the first post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.

Delaware Park’s premier races including the Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 9th and July 16th, respectively.

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