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
Fairplay Station / Train Information / Bus Information

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.

Delaware Park Racing


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Racing Announcements

Live Racing – 78th Season

May 16th – October 17th
Post Time: 1:15pm

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Family Fun Days (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.    Family Fun Days are May 30th, July 25th and August 22nd in The Grove between the hours of 12:30pm and 3:30pm.  Post Time is 1:15pm.  The kids will receive an official membership card.  Returning members don’t forget to bring your membership card and check-in.  Bouncy house and bouncy slide (free), Pony rides (1 ticket), Popcorn, cotton candy, sno kones (1 ticket each), Face Painters (3 tickets), balloon twisters (3 tickets) and lot more.

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Handicap Tournaments

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2015 Handicap Tournament Dates are  June 13, August 8, September 12, November 21.      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.  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%.

 Tracks for the contest are – Delaware, Belmont, Parx, Monmouth, Gulfstream, Woodbine.

 

Final Standings for April 4th

FINAL PRIZE
FINISH TOTAL WINNINGS
1 R Weir $800.50 $3,200.00
2 S Richards $489.00 $1,600.00
3 R Cook $418.25 $   960.00
4 J Fay $124.80 $   640.00

 

Create, Design, Decorate Your Own Hat!

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Saturday, July 11th after The Oaks in The Terrace Dining Room.  Please contact Karilyn McClelland with any questions at (302)994-2521 ext 7409.

Delaware Park News & Notes

Robertson returns with barn full of promise

Wilmington, Del., May 4, 2015 — Trainer McLean Robertson is expecting great success at Delaware Park during the upcoming 78th season of live racing at the Stanton-oval, beginning on May 16.

Robertson, who has had a division of his stable located in Delaware since 2010, finished fifth on the Delaware Park trainer standing last year after finishing third the previous three seasons.

“That is a good reason to return,” said trainer McLean Robertson, who will have approximately 60 horses stabled at Delaware Park. “Over the past few years, our horses have had success at Delaware Park, so it only makes sense to keep coming back. Our horses fit the Delaware Park program very well. We are also going to have our divisions in Canterbury and Arlington as well, but we are going to have a really good mix of older horses and 2-year-olds in Delaware.”

Last year, the 41-year-old native of Schuyler, Nebraska, had a record of 23 winners from 103 starters. He enjoyed success at all levels.

“We are going to have a nice mix at Delaware with some 2-year-olds, some older horses, and obviously are Delaware Certified horses as well,” he said. “Horses really do prosper at Delaware Park. They eat well and the track has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The dirt track was in great shape last year, which included a turf gallop and grass to graze on. It is a pretty horse friendly track – probably one of the most horse friendly tracks in the country. If you do have to ship, horses seem to run well after being in Delaware.”

Robertson is hoping for a few more winners this year.

“I’ll be honest, I was a little disappointed with our meet last season especially with my 2-year-olds,” he said. “A couple of the good ones got hurt, but that is racing and there is no mercy in this sport. This year, is a new group with a little different mix. I think I got a pretty good bunch coming to Delaware. None of them are five stars, but I think I quite a few four star horses. Hopefully, they will stay sound so they can run well and I hope we do a little better than last year. But you just got to see how it goes.”

Others making preparations for the 2015 season at Delaware Park include Jamie Ness, J. Larry Jones, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Nunley, Mark Reid, Michael Matz, Michael Pino, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Thomas Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Joe Arboritanza, Thomas Proctor, William Morey, Wayne Potts, Tim Ice, Carla Morgan, Arnaud Delacour, and Alex Rendon.

Watch and wager on the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 16. Advance wagering on the Preakness Stakes card from Pimlico will be available on Friday, May 15 at Delaware Park.

In May, live racing will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Live racing will be added on Tuesday from June 1 through September 1. Beginning on September 8, Tuesday will be dropped from the schedule, and live racing will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through closing day on October 17. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

Delaware Park’s premier races, the Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 11 and July 18, respectively.

Delaware Park News & Notes

Mark Reid returns to training; will be stabled at Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del. April 28, 2015 — A slogan coined years ago states, “Delaware Park is a beautiful place where the big names race.”

There is no bigger name in the mid-Atlantic than Mark Reid. The 63-year-old, who has accomplished nearly everything in the racing industry, will have a stable at the historic Stanton-oval for the upcoming 78th season of live racing.

“I got the itch again,” said trainer Mark Reid, from his Walnut Green Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania.  “I got a little tired of ‘watching the grass grow,’ and I realized that I am more of an ‘action guy’ than I thought.  While I enjoy raising horses here, I had a little hankering to get back and to see if I could ’cause some trouble again.’  I had a couple of home-breds here that did not find their way to trainers, and a couple of the guys asked me to take a few horses, so it looks like we will have about a dozen to  15 horses for the Delaware Park meet this season.”

In a career spanning five decades, Reid has become the all-time leading trainer at both Philadelphia Park and Garden State; a blood stock agent for Edmund Gann who raced Grade I winners You and Medaglia d’Oro; a racing manager for William Warren, who campaigned the 2005 Horse of the Year St. Liam; and he bred and raised the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty at his Walnut Green Farm.

“I retired from training in the mid-1990s, so I could watch my children grow,” said Mark Reid.  “When I decided to get back in the business I went to work buying and selling horses.   I had the great fortune of meeting up with Bobby Frankel, and I bought some horses that he turned into monsters including Medaglia d’Oro, Peace Rules and You.  I also had the great fortune of managing the career of the 2005 Horse the Year St. Liam.”

In 2005, he bought Walnut Green Farm from Russell and Richard Jones.

“Then I bought a bloodstock business here in Unionville named Walnut Green from the Jones brothers,” he said.  “Since that time, I have been breeding and selling horses.  I also had the great fortune of breeding and raising Plum Pretty, who was the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner.  Everything could not have gone better, and I am perfectly happy with everything.”

Obviously, Reid still has the competitive fire, but his main objective is to have fun with his horses at the track.

“The days of winning trainer titles are long passed for me,” he said.   “I just want to have a good decent string of horses with a couple of nice young horses sprinkled in here and there because I still have that dream that all good horsemen have.  I am going to buy a few young horses at the sales and I am also hoping that one of my girls here will produce another Plum Pretty.”

“I am just the kind of guy who really appreciates that old saying ‘that a bad day at the track is better than a good day any other place else.’  I am at a point in my life and career where I really want to have fun and enjoy the sport.  I still go to Saratoga every year. I go for a couple of weeks for no other reason than because I love the sport. This is a really fun sport, and I am as big a fan as anybody else,” said Reid..

He picked Delaware Park because it is a track where he can have fun.

“Right now my primary goal is to have fun, and I think there is no better place to have fun than Delaware Park,” he said. “Delaware Park has always been one of my favorite tracks because of the country setting.  I am just looking to enjoy the latter part of my career doing something that I love.  I own pieces of all my horses, so I do not have to worry about things that a young person just coming up has to worry about.”

Delaware Park also offered several other advantages.

“It is also great place to race because it is centrally located,” he said.  “With the exception of a brief period during the winter (January and February), it is open for a long period of time.  The pots are acceptable, and  it is so close to home.  Delaware Park is only about 20 minutes from my home in Pennsylvania.”

The Reid contingent is going to offer a little of something from each phase of his career. He will likely dabble in the claiming game while also trying to develop the next young star of the sport.

“My group is just going to be your average run of the mill type horses,” he said. “I have high hopes for a couple of young horses who just turned three.  I have one filly that has been working really well, but with the rest, it is just a little bit too early to tell.  They are young, so you never know.  I will probably claim about a half dozen or so through the summer just for the action.”

Others making preparations for the 2015 season at Delaware Park include Jamie Ness, J. Larry Jones, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Nunley, McLean Robertson, Michael Matz, Michael Pino, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Thomas Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Joe Arboritanza, Thomas Proctor, William Morey, Wayne Potts, Tim Ice, Carla Morgan, Arnaud Delacour, and Alex Rendon.

Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 2. Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park will be available on Friday, May 1.

In May, live racing will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Live racing will be added on Tuesday from June 1 through September 1. Beginning on September 8, Tuesday will be dropped from the schedule, and live racing will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through closing day on October 17. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

Delaware Park’s premier races, the Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 11 and July 18, respectively.

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Trainer J. Larry Jones looking forward Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., April 27, 2015 — With the 78th season of live racing beginning on May 16, J. Larry Jones is looking forward to another successful season at Delaware Park.

In 2005, the 58-year-old native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, won the Delaware Handicap with Island Sand. The following year, he moved his entire operation to Delaware Park and for nearly every year since, the Jones operation has targeted Stanton, Delaware for the spring and summer months.

Before heading east, the Jones team has an engagement at Churchill Downs on May 1. Jones has both I’m a Chatterbox, the winner of the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, and Lovely Maria, the winner of the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, targeted for the Grade I Kentucky Oaks.

“After the Kentucky Oaks, we will be heading to Delaware,” said trainer J. Larry Jones, who has won the Kentucky Oaks twice with Proud Spell in 2008 and Believe You Can in 2011. “The Delaware Oaks is definitely one of our targets and I am sure we will have something in that race. We have won the race before with Proud Spell and it is a race we sure would not mind winning again. But, we are going to try and bring stock that will fit for all the occasions and hopefully we will have something to compete in all of the big races as well.”

Like Proud Spell and Believe You Can, Lovely Maria broke her maiden at Delaware Park as a 2-year-old and went on to win a Graded race. Since 2002, there have been 32 2-year-olds who have broken their maiden at Delaware Park which have 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.

“We love Delaware Park and look forward to coming every year,” Jones said, who will have approximately 50 horses in his barn. “Delaware Park has always been real horse friendly in regards to how the track was designed. It has nice wide horse paths, it has a lot of space, and there is not much hustle and bustle. It is tranquil. My horses have done very well there through the years and I do not see any reason to make a change.”

Jones has been happy with his results so far this year.

“We had a great winter down in New Orleans,” he said. “We did well at the Fair Grounds and when we shipped out of town a few times, we did well. We had the best Keeneland fall meet, after we left Delaware, that we have had in several years and we have had the best Keeneland spring meet that we have had in several years. Right now, the stable is rolling at a very good level.”

Others making preparations for the 2015 season at Delaware Park include Jamie Ness, McLean Robertson, H. Graham Motion; Tim Ritchey, Randy Nunley, Mark Reid, Michael Matz, Michael Pino, Sam Cronk, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Thomas Albertrani, John Rigaterri, Jonathan Sheppard, Bill Sienkewicz, Joe Arboritanza, Thomas Proctor, William Morey, Wayne Potts, Tim Ice, Carla Morgan, Arnaud Delacour, and Alex Rendon.

Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park on Saturday, May 2. Advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs at Delaware Park will be available on Friday, May 1.

In May, live racing will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Live racing will be added on Tuesday from June 1 through September 1. Beginning on September 8, Tuesday will be dropped from the schedule, and live racing will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through closing day on October 17. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

Delaware Park’s premier races, the Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 11 and July 18, respectively.

 

 

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Grade I Delaware Handicap highlights

2015 Stakes Schedule at Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., February 9, 2015— The $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap highlights the 2015 stakes schedule at Delaware Park this season.

The mile-and-a-quarter filly and mare summer classic will be run for the seventy-eighth time on July 18th.

Last year, the Del ‘Cap was run as a Grade I race for the second time since 1989. Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith’s Belle Galantey upset the heavy favorite, Princess of Sylmar, with a 2 ¾-length victory.

“The Delaware Handicap has always been an important date on the national filly and mare stake schedule and last year was no exception,” said Executive Director of Racing John Mooney. “With her impressive win over Princess of Sylmar, Belle Gallantey established herself as a major contender in the division last year and I congratulate her connections on their successful 2014 campaign.   We look forward to another exciting Delaware Handicap in 2015.”

The supporting feature on the Del ‘Cap card is the $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile-and-an-eighth on the grass. The local Delaware Handicap prep race, the mile-and-an-eighth $100,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes, will run on June 20th.

The mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks is scheduled for July 11th. Since its inaugural race in 1938, five Hall of Fame fillies, including Gallant Bloom and Gallorette, and nearly 20 divisional champions, including recent winners Blind Luck and Proud Spell, have won the Oaks. The supporting feature on the Oaks card will be the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial. The mile-and-three-eighths turf race for fillies and mares has a guaranteed purse of $200,000.

The $2 million stakes schedule will culminate with Owners’ Day on September 12th. The 23rd annual Owners’ Day card will feature six restricted stake races worth $75,000 each.

The 78th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on May 16th and concluding on October 17th. In May, live racing will be held three days per week on a Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday schedule. Live racing will be added on Tuesdays from June 1st through September 1st. Beginning on September 8th, Tuesdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing day October 17th. First post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.

 

2015 DELAWARE PARK STAKES SCHEDULE

RUNS RACE S/A DIST PURSE
June 20 Obeah Stakes (Gr. III) FM3+ 1M 1/8 $100,000
July 11 Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) F3 1M 1/16 $300,000
July 11 Robert G. Dick Memorial (Gr. III) FM3+ 1M 3/8T $200,000
July 18 Delaware Handicap (Gr. I) FM3+ 1M 1/4 $750,000
July 18 Kent Stakes (Gr. III) 3 1M 1/8T $200,000
Sept. 12 Tax Free Distaff (Del Bred/Cert)® F&M3+ 6F $75,000
Sept. 12 New Castle (Del Bred/Cert)® 3+ 6F $75,000
Sept. 12 Small Wonder (Del Bred/Cert)® F2 5F $75,000
Sept. 12 First State Dash (Del Bred/Cert)® 2 5F $75,000
Sept. 12 DTHA Governors Cup ®® 3+ 1M 70yds $75,000
Sept. 12 George Rosenberger Mem.®® FM3+ 1M 1/16T $75,000

® – Restricted to Delaware-bred and/or Certified horses.

®® – Restricted to horses who made a start at Delaware Park in 2014 (stake races excluded).

 

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81 days beginning  Saturday, May 16 and concluding on Saturday, October 17.

In May racing Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  Add Live Racing Tuesdays from June 1 -September 1. On  September 8, Tuesdays will be dropped  and live racing will be  Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.    Post time is 1:15 pm.