Delaware Park Racing
2014 Live Racing Dates
May 17th-October 22nd
Post Time is 1:15
2014 Handicap Tournaments
Handicap Tournament dates for the remainder of the year are Saturday, September 6 and 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%.
Top Four Winners – July 5th Handicap Tournament
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Next Tournament is September 6th and the tracks are Delaware, Belmont, Churchill, Monmouth, Parx and Laurel.
Delaware Park News & Notes
Delaware Park reduces purses for high-level overnight races
Wilmington, Del., July 26, 2014 —Delaware Park is reducing purses for higher-level overnight races to enable completion of the scheduled 81-day meet for 2014.
The majority of races at DelawarePark will not be affected by the change.
Delaware Park Management and the condition book committee of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have agreed to a reduction in purses for the higher-level overnight races which will take effect on August 2 and will offset a drop in available purse money from Delaware Park’s casino revenues, which are under pressure from increased casino competition in the Mid-Atlantic region and the effect of the temporary closing of Interstate 495. DelawarePark contributes a state-mandated percentage of its casino revenues toward the racetrack purses.
All overnight stakes have been eliminated from the schedule. A maiden special weight has been reduced to $30,000 from $35,000, a non-winner of one-other-than-allowance has been reduced to $31,000 from $37,000, a non-winner of two has been reduced to $33,000 from $38,000 and the bottom-level claiming race will have a minimum purse of $10,000.
August 2 is the first day of the racing schedule in the third condition book.
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Delaware Park News & Notes
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.”
Delaware Park News & Notes
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.
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Saturday, July 5th
Delaware Oaks Grade II
Saturday, July 12th
Delaware Handicap Grade I
Horsemen (Overnight & Extras)