Delaware Park Racing 2018-07-26T13:48:17+00:00


News & Notes

Delaware Park News & Notes

After long layoff, Elate scores in Delaware Handicap victory

Wilmington, Del., July 14, 2018 — An eight month layoff and the mile and a quarter did not slow Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Elate down in the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap.  With Jose Ortiz aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro notched a 3 ¼-length victory and returned $3.20 as the favorite in the field of eight.

“It was either this race or the Shuvee at Saratoga and that is at the end of the month,” said winning trainer Bill Mott.  “We felt like she was doing well, so we just decided to go ahead and get her started.  We knew we had a quality filly and we knew she was capable of winning a race like this if we had her right.”

Sneaky Betty, with Jomar Torres, finished second at odds of 85-to-1 a neck in front of Teresa Z, with Daniel Centeno, in third.

Proper Discretion, with Agustin Bracho, cut early fractions of :49.38 for the half-mile and 1:14.00 for the three-quarters mile before fading to eighth.  The final time for the mile and a quarter over a fast main track was 2:04.83

Last year, Elate posted a record of three wins, three seconds and a third from nine starts.  The Kentucky-bred won the $50,000 Light Hearted Stakes at Delaware Park, ran second in the Grade I CCA Oaks at Saratoga, won the Grade I Alabama at Saratoga, won the Grade I Beldame at Belmont Park and she finished her 3-year-old campaign by running fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar.

Mott was pleased with race especially considering this was her first start since the Breeders’ Cup.

“I thought it was a good performance,” said Mott.  “She went early, she held on well and she did what she had to do.  It looked like when she took over, she did it with authority and she finished up.  Was she getting a little tired at the end? Well she could have been, but she had a right too.”

Mott has noticed Elate has gotten a little bigger since her 3-year-old season.

“She has always been a big strong filly, but she has filled out and broadened out just a bit. She weighs about 1,240 pounds, so she is a lot filly,” he said.

With the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as her year-end goal, her next start will be at Saratoga.

“Right now, if all goes well the Personal Ensign at Saratoga would be the target.”

Elate has a career record of five wins from 11 starts with earnings of $1,270,325.


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Golden Brown notches upset victory in Kent Stakes

Wilmington, Del., July 14, 2018 — ABL Stable, Domenic Bossone, Peter Donnelly and Jacob Schnoor Jr.’s Golden Brown posted an upset victory in the $200,375 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Jairo Rendon aboard, the 3-year-old son of Offlee Wild won by 1 ¾-lengths and returned $33.20 as the second longest shot in the field of eight.

Hot Springs, with Feargal Lynch, finished second and it was a length farther back to Carrick, with John Velazquez, in third.  The 6-to-5 favorite, Untamed Domain, with Jose Ortiz finished sixth after being checked on the far turn and then again along the inside rail in upper stretch.  The pace setter, Archaggelos, with Mario Pino cut early fractions of 24.60 for the quarter-mile, 48.55 for the half-mile and 1:11.68 for the three-quarters mile before finishing fourth, but was disqualified and placed sixth by the stewards. The final time for the mile and an eighth over a firm turf course was 1:48.06.

Golden Brown raised his career record to three wins from seven starts with earnings of $209,500.  The Kent was the first career stake victory for the New Jersey-bred trained by Patrick McBurney.

McBurney decided on the Kent Stakes after Golden Brown ran a strong second in his career turf debut in the mile and a sixteenth $63,000 Dan Horn Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 17 in his last race.

“After his first time on turf, where he ran a fantastic race against tough older horse, we were looking for a straight 3-year-old race,” said winning trainer Patrick McBurney.  “This was a Grade III, but we thought we would take a shot.  We looked at the numbers and his stacked up within a couple points of the highest number.  We thought he would improve and he could only help himself by running 1-2-3 a race like this.”

Now that Golden Brown has had two strong efforts on the turf, McBurney is looking to keep Golden Brown on the grass.

“We hope to find something at Saratoga if he comes out of this good,” McBurney said.  “We would like to find another 3-year-old race long on the grass because that is his game.”


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Cedeno sets record for most wins on single Delaware Park card by notching seven victories

Wilmington, Del., July 11, 2018 —Former three-time leading rider, Carol Cedeno set the record for most wins by a jockey on a single Delaware Park card by notching seven victories today.

Cedeno started her record setting day by winning the first four races on the ten race card.  In the first race, she scored aboard Warrior Lake for trainer Scott Lake, in the second race she booted home Golden Ray for trainer Jorge Navarro, in the third race she won with Posterity for trainer Wayne Potts and in the fourth race she won with Make My Saturday.  The 27-year-old native of Puetro Rico continued her winning ways in the sixth race by scoring aboard Here’s to Mike for trainer Jorge Navarro.  She followed with a victory in the seventh race aboard Southern Christmas for trainer Scott Lake.  Her record setting seventh victory came in the tenth race, the Arabian race, aboard Tiffanys Dream for trainer Jerenesto Torrez.  Her only losses were in the fifth and eighth races. She did not have a mount in the ninth race.

Cedeno is the current leading jockey at Delaware Park twenty-five days into the meet with a record of 32 wins from 135 mounts.  She was the leading rider at Delaware Park from 2014 through 2016.  Last year, she finished second in the standing three wins behind Scott Spieth.

Six riders have won six races on a single Delaware Park card.  They are: Joseph Rocco, Jr., in 2011; Michael McCarthy, who accomplished the feat twice – once in 1997 and again in 1998; Jimmy Edwards, in 1984; Greg McCarron, in 1974; George Cusimano, in 1968; and Eldon Nelson in 1958.

Greentree Stable, winner of  1978 Del Cap with Late Bloomer, inducted into Delaware Park Wall of Fame

Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2018—Greentree Stable, a dominant force on the American racing landscape for nearly eight decades, has joined six other legendary owners and was inducted into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame today. The others are Christiana Stable, Foxcatcher Farms, Brandywine Stable, Bohemia Stable, Windfields Farm and Walter Jeffords.

“Greentree Stable was a powerhouse stable during the golden era of American racing,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President at Delaware Park. “Their success over multiple decades is a tribute to the Whitney family’s dedication to the sport, which started with Payne Whitney in 1914. We are honored to induct them into our Wall of Fame.”

At Delaware Park, Greentree Stable won more than a dozen major stakes over a four-decade span. In 1978, it won the Delaware Handicap with Late Bloomer. It also won back-to-back Delaware Oaks with Piquet in 1940 and Tangled in 1941, as well as three Leonard Richards Stakes with Swing and Sway in 1941, Dockstrader in 1945 and Hall of Fame in 1951.

Other champions campaigned by Greentree Stable include: Twenty Grand, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1931; Shut Out, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1942; Capot, winner of the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1949; Tom Fool, Horse of the Year in 1953; and Stage Door Johnny, winner of the Belmont Stakes in 1968.

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2018 Handicapping Tournament Dates are  September 1, 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

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