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Delaware Park assistant trainer and groom Lisa See wins Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award for Dedication to Racing 

Wilmington, Del., November 2, 2018 — Lisa See, a groom and assistant to Delaware Park-based trainer Anthony Pecoraro, won the prestigious Dedication to Racing Award for an outstanding racing stable employee who has shown reliability in a racing role.

The announcement was made at the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards sponsored by Godolphin at Churchill Downs on October 31st as part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships week.  The individual must have at least 10 years of service in the racing industry and must have been pivotal in the success of the stable.

“I was humbled and lost for words,” Lisa See said.  “None of this would have been possible without my support team.  This recognition is a reflection of all of them.  The racing industry has given me so much and I am not sure where I would be without this wonderful sport.  I just hope and I will try to make sure others get as much from this sport as I have enjoyed.”

“I was happy to nominate Lisa for this award and I am very proud of her,” said Executive Director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen Association (DTHA) Bessie Gruwell.  “She has grown into a well-respected horseman and along the way she has also overcome many challenges in life as a mother, daughter and friend.  She is very deserving of this recognition and we cannot wait to see her grow further in her career in our industry.”

See started working at Delaware Park as a hot walker for trainer Henry Worcester in 1994.  In her more than twenty years at Delaware Park, she has also worked as a groom, stable foreman and she recently passed her trainer certification test.

“She is very deserving of this recognition,” said Executive Director of Racing of Delaware Park John Mooney.  “She has built an exceptional reputation as a horseman through hard work and dedication and along the way she has always been an extraordinary and caring human being.  No better person could have received this recognition.  I congratulate her and she is a true reflection of all the good people who helped her in this journey.”

In the recently concluded Delaware Park live racing season, the barn of Anthony Pecoraro finished second in the trainer standings with a record of 26 winners from 80 starters.  In 2017, the barn finished third in the standings with a record of 21 winners from 68 starters.

“She is on top of everything, the horses, the people and the paperwork, 24/7,” said trainer Anthony Pecoraro.  “She is a big reason we have been as successful as we have been through the years.  She is the ultimate team player and we work well together.  I am not sure what we would do without her.”

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, with a total prize money of $128,000, was managed and administered by The Jockey Club, the Horsemen’s Protective and Benevolent Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

“I can’t say enough great things about the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards presented by Godolphin,” Bessie Gruwell said. “For them to recognize and reward our unsung heroes in the industry means the world to these very hard working and deserving individuals. Every detail that I witnessed, from start to finish has been superb!”

Delaware Park News & Notes

81st season of live racing at Delaware Park concludes on positive note

Wilmington, Del., October 23, 2018 — Despite declines in average starters per race and 28 fewer turf races because of the above-average rainfall in the region, the 81st live racing season concluded with an increase in total handle on Saturday, October 20th.

Total handle for the 81-day meet was $112,041,057, an increase of 17% over the $95,768,895 from last year’s 81-day meet. Average starters per race decreased from 7.14 last year to 6.65, a decline of 6.8%, and total turf races fell from 150 to 122, a decline of 18.7%.

“We are certainly encouraged by the final handle figure despite the challenges we faced this year,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President of Racing/Finance. “The historic rainfall that resulted in the significant decrease of turf racing also contributed to the drop in average starters per race.

“I think we did a better job of placing some of our cards and even individual races in spots attractive to horse players on the national stage,” said DeLucia. “Having opening day on the Wednesday after Memorial Day instead of our traditional opening on Saturday, is one example. Consequently, we had some very good days and individual races towards the beginning of the meet and that momentum helped carry us through all of those days in August, September and October when we had to transfer so many turf races to the main track. I think we also benefited from industry wide handle figures being up despite slightly smaller field size.”

The brilliant filly Elate won the Grade I Delaware Handicap with Jose Ortiz aboard on July 14th. Owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro posted a 3¼-length victory in the filly and mare summer classic. The Kentucky-bred was conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

“Elate is a sensational filly and she ranks right up there with some of the greatest fillies to win the Delaware Handicap,” said John Mooney, Executive Director of Racing. “She followed with a courageous effort by running second in her next start the Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. We very were very much looking forward to seeing her complete her season, and we were very disappointed to hear she had a setback in her training that will keep her from running in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Carol Cedeno returned to the top of the jockey standings by notching 100 victories, 28 more than Angel Suarez in second. On July 11th, Cedeno made history by becoming the only rider to record seven wins on a single Delaware Park card. The 27-year-old native of Puerto Rico was the leading rider at Delaware Park from 2014 through 2016 before finishing second in 2017. Jamie Ness recorded his sixth leading trainer championship by saddling 41 winners. Last year, the 41-year-old native of Heron, South Dakota, finished tied for the top spot, after being the leading trainer in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012. Jagger Inc. won the leading owner title for the third consecutive season by recording 23 wins.


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Delaware Park, Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) and Canter, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue

host the ‘End of Meet Showcase’

Wilmington, Del., October 13, 2018 — Delaware Park, the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA), CANTER USA Delaware and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue are teaming up to host the ‘ End of Meet Showcase.’

Delaware Park horses retiring from racing will be presented and offered for sale to the public, with all sales negotiated directly between buyer and seller.  More than 25 Thoroughbreds, Arabians, and lead ponies will be showcased.

When: Sunday, October 21st, from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Where: 777 Delaware Park Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19804.  Receiving barns in stable area at Delaware Park.  Access will be through Stable Gate (Gate 4) adjacent to the owner/trainer parking lot.

Contact Information: Bev Strauss, Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue, (610) 405-0607,; Lauren Gassaway, CANTER Delaware, (410) 404-3666,

Unbridled Juan defeats Dr. Blarney in Grover “Buddy” Delp Memorial Stakes

Wilmington, Del., October 17, 2018 —Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan ended the six race win streak of Dr. Blarney in the $50,125 Grover “Buddy” Delp Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Alex Cintron aboard, Unbridled Juan won by 1 ¼-lengths and returned $12.00 as third choice in the field of six. Dr. Blarney, the even-money favorite with Tammi Piermarini, finished second for the first time this year after winning his previous six starts including a victory over Unbridled Juan in his last start the $75,000 DTHA Governor’s Day Handicap at Delaware Park.  It was another 2 ½-lengths farther back to Monongahela, with Jevian Toledo, in third.

Unbridled Juan covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.65 over a fast main track.  The 6-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song raised his career record to six wins from 25 starts with earnings of $445,323.  In his last outing, the Ontario-bred trained by Jose Corrales closed ground and finished strong to finish ¾-lengths behind Dr. Blarney after hopping at the start.

“We had a perfect trip today,” said winning rider Alex Cintron.  “In his last race, the (DTHA) Governor’s Day it really cost him the race when he hopped coming out of the gate.  Also that day, the track was fast and speed favoring and he was one of the few horses that made up a lot of ground.  I knew today he would be tough if we could get a good break.  We had a good break and we sat right behind the pacesetters.  I knew we were in good shape on the final turn.  At the top of the lane, I moved him out and he did the rest.”

Bishop’s Pond romps to Winter Melody Stakes victory

Wilmington, Del., October 10, 2018 —Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and The Elkstone Group’s Bishop’s Pond romped in the $50,125 Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Trevor McCarthy aboard, the 6-year-old daughter of Curlin won by 4 ½-lengths and returned $4.60 as the second choice in the field of six.  Hey Niki, with Jorge Vargas Jr. finished second a head in front of Enthrall, with Edgar Prado, in third.  The 6-to-5 favorite, Tequilita, with Victor Carrasco, finished fourth.

Bishop’s Pond cut early fractions of 48.41 for the half mile and 1:12.05 for the three-quarter miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.20 over a fast main track.   The Kentucky-bred trained by Jason Servis raised her career record to six wins from 28 starts with earnings of $384,372

“The game plan was to go to the lead because she seems like she runs her best when she is out there on her own,” said winning rider Trevor McCarthy.  “Going into the first turn, I knew if she did not win from here that something was up.  She was relaxed and she made a nice move on her own on the final turn.  When I laid her down, she was running.  She did not swap leads, but she kept running, so I did not mess with her.  Since she was running for me, I figured I should leave her be.  She did the all of the hard work.”

Come Sundown wins First State Dash

Wilmington, Del., September 29, 2018 —Steven Newby’s Come Sundown notched an upset victory in the $100,750 First State Dash Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Weston Hamiltion aboard, the 2-year-old son of Great Notion returned $22.20 as the fourth choice in the field of eleven.  The Maryland-bred trained by Dale Capuano won by a neck.  Smithwick’s Spice, Jorge Gonzalez finished second.  It was 4-lengths farther back to the 3-to-5 favorite Tybalt, with Kevin Gomez, in third.

Come Sundown covered the five and a half furlongs in 1:04.17 over a fast main track.   He raised his career record to two wins from two starts with earnings of $84,453.  The victory was the first career stake win for jockey Weston Hamilton.

Arraign takes George Rosenberger Memorial  wins First State Dash

Wilmington, Del., September 29, 2018 —Adele Dilschneider and Dell Hancock’s Arraign won the $75,375 George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware today.  With Edwin Gonzalez aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Blame won by a half-length and returned $17.60 as the fourth choice in the field of eight.  I’m Pretty Strong, with Alex Cintron, finished second.  It was 8-lengths farther back to Broken Bridle, with Angel Suarez, in third.

Arraign covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:43.34. The race was originally scheduled to be run on the grass, but was transferred to the main track due to the heavy rain in the area last week.

The Kentucky-bred trained by Michael Matz raised her career mark to three wins from 21 starts with earnings of $203,362.

Start the Show scores in Small Wonder

Wilmington, Del., September 29, 2018 —Blackstone Street Racing’s Start the Show cruised to victory in the $100,750 Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park today.  With leading Delaware Park jockey Carol Cedeno aboard, the 2-year-old son of Oxbow posted a 4 ¼-length win and returned $3.80 as the favorite in the field of twelve.  Rolling Baby, with Jose Garcia, finished second.  It was another 4-lengths farther back to Blameitonthekiss, with Angel Serpa, in third.

Start the Show covered the five and a half furlongs over a fast main track in 1:04.14.

The California-bred trained by Michael Catalano raised his career record to two wins from three starts with earnings of $89,250.

Shimmering Aspen notches Tax Free Shopping Distaff score

Wilmington, Del., September 29, 2018 —Hillwood Stable’s Shimmering Aspen posted and easy score in the $100,000 Tax Free Shopping  Distaff at Delaware Park today.  With Victor Carrasco  aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon posted a 3 1/2-length win and returned $3.00 as the favorite in the field of nine.  Fillupcohensapiker, with Angel Suarez, finished second.  It was another 1 1/4-lengths farther back to Hailey’s Flip, with Weston Hamilton, in third.

Shimmering Aspen covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:09.86.  The Kentucky-bred trained by Rodney Jenkins raised her career record to seven wins from 12 starts with earnings of $293,110.

Winplaceorshowono wins New Castle Stakes

Wilmington, Del., September 29, 2018 —Rickman Racing’s Winplaceorshowono won the $100,000 New Castle Stakes at Delaware Park today.  With Alex Cintron  aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Dance With Ravens posted a half-length victory and returned $5.80 as the favorite in the field of eight.  Bubba’s Will, with Angel Suarez, finished second.  It was another 1 3/4-lengths farther back to Guinness Spice, with Jorge Gonzalez, in third.

Winplaceorshowono covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10.76.  The Maryland-bred trained by Dale Capuano raised her career record to four wins from nine starts with earnings of $204,560.

Delaware Park News & Notes

Delaware Park Jockeys Share their Racing Adventures with Patients

at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, Del., September 12, 2018 — Donning colorful jerseys and racing caps, Delaware Park jockeys brought the racing world alive for patients at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children yesterday. During the visit, each child received a collectible doll of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who won his first race in his career debut at Delaware Park and “A Day in the Life of a Horse of a Different Color” coloring book by Pierre Bellocq.  The children also received a pair of racing goggles and other gifts from Delaware Park.

The jockeys’ visit was part of the national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month initiative organized by the Jockeys’ Guild.  The visit to Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was organized by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, Delaware Park, and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Handicapping Contests


Final 2018 Handicapping Tournament is November 24.

Contest Format:

  • Win, Place & Show
  • Participants must wager on minimum of 10 races
  • $10 minimum
  • Participant with highest total after last race will be the winner
  • $150 entry fee and $100 bankroll
  • 95% of the entry fees will be awarded as prizes for each contest
  • Distribution will be as follows  – 1st prize – 50%, 2nd – prize – 25%  3rd – prize 15% and 4th  – prize – 10%
  • Based upon 60 entries – 1st prize  $4,275 – 2nd prize $2,140 – 3rd prize $1,280 – 4th prize $855

Final Standings for September 1

FinishFirst InitialLast NameFinal TotalPrize Winnings
3M. Fisher
4G. Long$345.00

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