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

Racing Announcements

Come Watch The 142nd Running of The Kentucky Derby

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Come watch exciting Horse Racing!  The Kentucky Oaks will be Simulcast from Churchill Downs on Friday, May 6th and The Kentucky Derby will be Simulcast on Saturday, May 7th.  Be sure to beat the lines and make your wagers early for The Kentucky Derby.  Windows will be open at noon on Friday, May 6th for advance wagering.

Terrace Dining Room will be open at Noon on Saturday, May 7th.    Reservations are recommended.  To make a reservation please call The Terrace  Dining Room at 302-994-2521 ext 7306.

Click here to view the 2016 Terrace Dining Room Menu.

We are the best place to be for a weekend of Horse Racing!

Opening Day – Saturday, May 21st

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Racing hats to be given out beginning at 11:00am (while supplies last).   Post Time is 1:15pm.  Admission and Parking are Free.

Several new trainers target Delaware Park for 79th season of live racing

Wilmington, Del., May 5, 2016 — As the 79th season of live racing quickly approaches, several new trainers from across the country have been arriving at Delaware Park in preparation for Saturday, May 21. Trainers include Gerald Bennett, George Leonard III, Keith Nations, Kelly Rubley, Bobby Raymond, Harold Wyner and John Servis.

Several of those outfits will either be stabling at the Stanton-oval for the first-time or will be moving back after a long time away.

Gerald Bennett, the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, will have approximately 60 stalls.  The 72-year-old native of Springhill, Nova Scotia, will be bringing a wide variety of runners to Delaware Park.

“We have a pretty good mix of older horses, 2-year-olds and some 3-year-olds fillies,” said trainer Gerald Bennett.  “I looked at the book and I think our operation fits well with the Delaware Park program.”

Bennett, who ranks 19th all-time and 11th among active trainers by wins, did briefly stable at Delaware once before.

“We did go to Delaware once before in 1998,” Bennett said.  “Although several years ago and things have changed with our stable and with Delaware Park, we are looking forward to going back.”

George Leonard III, who comes from a racing family, will have approximately 20 stalls.  The 61-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois, who has been all over North America some time during his career, is looking forward to racing and stabling at Delaware Park.

“I have just been about everywhere in my career – Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida, but I have never really been stabled in the mid-Atlantic, so I am looking forward to spending the summer here,” trainer George Leonard III said.  “I have heard a lot of great things about racing in this area and I also heard a lot of great things about Delaware Park, so I decided to come see for myself and try something new.”

Leonard has enjoyed his first month stabled at Delaware Park.

“I like it here so far,” said Leonard, who won his first race as a trainer at Jefferson Downs in Louisiana in 1991.  “It is everything I heard it would be and more.  The people are extremely nice and it is a great place for horses.”

Leonard will have a wide variety of horses stabled at Delaware Park including Serdynski.  In his most recent, the 6-year-old son of Best of the Bests ran second beaten a length in a mile and 40 yard $16,000 claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs on March 20.  The Ontario-bred owned by Dave Hearn has a career record of 8 wins, 7 seconds and three thirds from 45 starts with earnings of $109,930.

“I have pretty well balanced stable right now,” said Leonard.  “I have cheap, middle class and a couple that should do well in the allowance conditions. I am looking forward to running Serdynski.  He always gives a solid effort and is a special horse.”

Keith Nations, who saddled his first winner at Emerald Downs in Washington in 1991, will have approximately 40 stalls.  The 55-year-old native of Sylva, North Carolina relocated his operation to the mid-Atlantic from northern California in 2013.  He was primarily stabled at Parx, but this year he is planning on having 30 to 40 horses at Delaware and 10 to 15 at Parx.

“I could not be happier about making the move to the mid-Atlantic.  It was the best thing I could have done,” said trainer Keith Nations. “We shipped-in and ran a race at Delaware Park last year and my wife (Cheryl) and I really liked the facility.  We loved it.  Besides the incredible paddock and horse-friendly stable area, Delaware Park has a really good to feel.  That is something that is becoming very important to us. We decided it was time for a change during the spring and summer and Delaware was very attractive to us.”

Nations will have a nice mix in his barn, including some Delaware Certified horses and young horses.

“We have a pretty solid stable and I think we will be very competitive,” Nations said.  “I have been encouraging all of my owners to get their horses Delaware Certified because it is an outstanding program so we got a pretty good group of Delaware Certified horses.  We have a nice bunch of 2-year-olds we are pretty excited about.  Mercedes Stable bought some really nice young horses and I am expecting to get some of those.  I have some other clients that have bought some nice young horses, so we are pretty excited about that.”

Others making preparations for the 2016 season at Delaware Park include Jamie Ness, J. Larry Jones, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Allen, Randy Nunley, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Tim Ice, Baltazar Galvan, Ron Potts, Arnaud Delacour, Ronald Alfano, and Scott Lake.

Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 7.  Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park will be available on Friday, May 6.

 

Delaware Park News & Notes

Delaware Park Racing Welcomes Ken Wilson as Track Superintendent

Wilmington, Del., April 28, 2016 — Ken Wilson has been named Track Superintendent at Delaware Park and will officially assume his position and responsibilities on Monday, May 9th.

“I am very pleased to announce on behalf of Delaware Park that Ken Wilson has been offered and has accepted the position as Track Superintendent,” said John Mooney, Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park.  “Kenny is well thought of in the industry.  He has been around the sport all of his life and he has a solid reputation.  The entire staff is excited and looks forward to supporting him in his new role at Delaware Park.”

Wilson started with the Maryland Jockey Club in 2007 where he performed various track maintenance duties before being promoted to the Track Superintendent at Pimlico Racecourse in 2013.  The 28-year-old native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the son of the former long-time Mid-Atlantic jockey Rick Wilson.

He will succeed Ken Brown, who is retiring after serving 11 years in the position.

“The Delaware Park family will miss Ken Brown,” said John Mooney.  “He was dedicated and professional in every aspect of his job.  Under his watch, the track was always consistent, fair and safe.  For a little more than a decade, he did an outstanding job and he did it quietly and humbly.”

2016 Live Racing Dates

The 79th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on May 21 and concluding on October 15.  The first week of the meet, live racing will be held three days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday schedule.  Live racing will be added on Thursdays from June 2 through September 22.  Beginning on September 29, Thursdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing day.  First post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.

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

Delaware Park News & Notes

Trainer J. Larry Jones Returns to Delaware Park for 79th Season of Live Racing

Wilmington, Del., April 27, 2016 — Legendary and Kentucky-native trainer J. Larry Jones will return to Delaware Park during the 79th season of live racing, beginning on Saturday, May 21.

Trainer J. Larry Jones Historical Achievements:

  • 2005: Won the Delaware Handicap with Island Sand.
  • 2006: Moved his entire operation to Delaware Park and since then has developed filly and mare superstars like Believe You Can, Eight Belles, Lovely Maria, Proud Spell and Havre de Grace at the historic Stanton-oval.
  • Since 2002: Among the 32 2-year-olds who have broken their maiden at Delaware Park and gone on to win Graded races, Jones has trained 11 of those including; Eight Belles, Friesian Fire, Hard Spun, Havre de Grace, Joyful Victory, Mark Valeski, Mr. Bowling and Old Fashioned. (Some others Jones has not conditioned include: Afleet Alex, Barbaro, Bellamy Road, Forever Together, Pants on Fire, Ruler on Ice, Tapit and Union Rags).

Among his notable accomplishments, Jones has been preparing full-force for the upcoming live racing season.

“We had a good winter,” said trainer J. Larry Jones. “We did not come out of the Fair Grounds with a Derby or Oaks horse, but we came out with some pretty nice horses. We ran a couple of seconds in stake races with Midnight On Oconee, so we will be focusing her on the Delaware Oaks. We also got I’m a Chatterbox coming back and one of her major objectives this season is the Delaware Handicap.”

Jones also commented on the range of horses he will be debuting and returning.

“We are coming in with a barn full of horses. I have 60 stalls and we are going to have a nice mix,” he said. “We are going to be bringing in a nice bunch of 2-year-olds, so hopefully they can make splashes like we have had in the past. The 2-year-olds make it exciting because you never know what you have until they start running. We are hoping we get another Hard Spun or Proud Spell.”

In 1953, the Delaware Handicap became the first race worth $100,000 or more exclusively for fillies and mares. Ever since, people have said, “with a filly or mare go to Delaware.” Living out that adage, Jones believes Delaware Park is a makes a tremendous impact in the careers of promising young horses.

“I love the facility, especially for young horses,” he said. “Delaware has the old fashioned horse paths and the barn area is set up to be horse friendly. It means a lot to some of these young horses and in a lot of cases it can make a difference in development. We have been very blessed. We have had Lovely Maria, Believe You Can, Eight Belles and so many more start brilliant careers at Delaware Park. We have had a lot of success bringing young horses to Delaware. It has been working for us, so we are going to stay at it.”

Others making preparations for the 2016 season at Delaware Park include Jamie Ness, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Allen, Randy Nunley, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Tim Ice, Bobby Raymond, Harold Wyner, Baltazar Galvan, Ron Potts, Arnaud Delacour, Scott Lake, Ronald Alfano, Keith Nations, Kelly Rubley, George Leonard III, Gerald Bennett and Scott Lake.

Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 7. Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park will be available on Friday, May 6.

 

Delaware Park News & Notes

Defending and three-time leading trainer

Jamie Ness returning to Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del. April 21, 2016 — In anticipation for the opening of live racing at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 21, horses from top racing outfits throughout North America have started arriving, among which is defending and three-time leading trainer, Jamie Ness.

Jamie Ness, a perennial top national trainer, will return to the Stanton-oval this year, but with a significantly different look. The 39-year-old native of Heron, South Dakota, finished third in the trainer standings in 2014 after being the leading trainer in 2013 and 2012. Jamie Ness and Midwest Thoroughbreds, a five-time leading owner (2010 through 2013 and 2015), parted ways in January of this year.

“In terms of expectations, everything is pretty much the same,” said trainer Jamie Ness.  “We always look forward to Delaware because of the success we have enjoyed there and the atmosphere.  It is a fun place to race and a great place to have horses. Delaware is a great place to spend the summer.  We are also going to have horses in Maryland, Monmouth and Presque Isle, but I will be in Delaware and I look forward to having a successful meet.”

Among Ness’ many accomplishments in the racing world, his goal continues to be centered on quality and value.

“I never go into a meet with the goal of becoming leading trainer,” Ness said, who through April 18, ranked eighth nationally by wins with 50.  “It never has been and it never will be.  We will continue to enter our horses and see how things play out.  If at the end of the year, we are leading trainer that is an accomplishment.  As long as we run at a percentage we need to run at and we have a good meet, that is all the really matters.”

In addition, Ness looks forward to participating in the Delaware Certified program this year.

“We have some nice young 2-year-olds that have been Delaware Certified and I am looking forward to running them,” he said.  “We took a little different approach this year in that we bought yearlings and got them Delaware Certified.  It is a great program and hopefully we will do well so we can buy more and keep running in the program year-after-year.

Others making preparations for the 2016 season at Delaware Park include J. Larry Jones, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Allen, Randy Nunley, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Thomas Proctor, Mark Reid, Tim Ice, Bobby Raymond, Harold Wyner, Baltazar Galvan, Ron Potts, Arnaud Delacour, Scott Lake, Ronald Alfano, Keith Nations, Kelly Rubley, George Leonard III, Gerald Bennett and Scott Lake.

Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 7.  Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park will be available on Friday, May 6.

2016 Live Racing Dates

The 79th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on May 21 and concluding on October 15.  The first week of the meet, live racing will be held three days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday schedule.  Live racing will be added on Thursdays from June 2 through September 22.  Beginning on September 29, Thursdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing day.  First post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.

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

2016 Handicap Tournaments

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2016 Handicap Tournament Dates are  June 18th, August 13th, 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.  

 

Final Tournament Standings for February 13th, 2016

FINAL PRIZE
FINISH TOTAL WINNINGS
1 G. McClewin $2,055.60 $3,400.00
2 M. Beachy $532.40 $1,700.00
3 H. Andrews $511.50 $ 1,020.00
4 G. Long $270.80 $   680.00

2016 Stakes Schedule

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2016 Starter Allowance Series

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Family Fun Day – In The Grove

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Bring the kids and come join us for an action packed afternoon filled with exciting races and family fun on June 4th and August 13th.  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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Live Racing – 79th Season

May 21st through October 15th

Delaware Park Gears Up for 2016 Live Racing Season
81 days of live and premier races return to Stanton

Wilmington, Del., January 13, 2016 — Delaware Park received approval from the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission today on dates for the 2016 live racing season.  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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RACING CALENDAR

81 days beginning  Saturday, May 21st  concluding on Saturday, October 15th

In May racing Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  Add Live Racing Thursdays from June 2-September 22nd.  On  September 29th Thursdays will be dropped racing Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through October 15th.    Post time is 1:15 pm.