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.
Delaware Park News & Notes
Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred
Horsemen’s Association sign agreement
Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2014 — Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) have signed a one-year extension to their current agreement, which ran through 2015, ensuring 81 days of exciting live racing at Delaware Park annually through 2016.
“I am pleased and excited to announce this agreement, which will take us through our 79th year of racing,” said John Mooney, Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park. “The stability and certainty this extension provides will help us attract additional horsemen to Delaware and will make a racing circuit in the mid-Atlantic more viable.”
“It is important for our horsemen to know we have a contract in place, the stable area will be open and we will race 81 days,” said Michael Gorham, President of the DTHA. “Thoroughbred horse racing makes a significant contribution to the local economy and we are working hard to ensure that it continues.”
The agreement was reached just a few days before Delaware Park’s premier racing event, the 77th renewal of the Grade I Delaware Handicap, which will be held this Saturday, July 12. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 filly and mare summer classic has attracted a strong field of six. For more information, visit www.delawarepark.com
For information about the Delaware Bred or Certified Program, contact (302) 994-2398; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dtha.com to download an application and find a list of participating Delaware farms.
Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc.
777 Delaware Park Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19804
(302) 994-2521 Ext. 7284
(302) 994-3392 Fax
To Contact The Delaware Racing Commission:
John F. Wayne
Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission
Delaware Park (302) 994-2521 ext 8970 (voice mail)
(302) 994-3567 (fax) at Delaware Park (Use Cover Sheet)