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Delaware Park News & Notes

Tom Creel named Racing Secretary

Wilmington, Del., January 17, 2019 — Tom Creel has been named Racing Secretary at Delaware Park.

Creel, 61, was the Assistant Racing Secretary at Parx for the last three years.  He succeeds Jerome Doro, who was named the Director of Racing at Oaklawn Park in late September.

“I am very pleased to announce on behalf of Delaware Park that Tom Creel has been offered and has accepted the position of Racing Secretary,” said John Mooney the Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park.  “He has a thorough knowledge of Mid-Atlantic racing and he will attract new horsemen to Delaware Park because of his many years of experience in the industry.  The entire staff is excited and looking forward to supporting him in his new role.”

Creel is also the Racing Secretary at Suffolk Downs where he has been serving in that capacity since 2008.  Previously, he was a Racing Official at various eastern racetracks including Finger Lakes, Suffolk Downs, Rockingham Park, Penn National and Tampa Bay Downs.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be the Racing Secretary at Delaware Park,” said Creel.  “I enjoyed my time at Parx, but this was a really good opportunity with new career challenges.  I am looking forward to working with the Delaware Park staff and horsemen to provide exciting and attractive racing for the fans at a racetrack with so much history and tradition.”

The 2019 live racing season will open on Saturday, May 4th and close on Saturday, October 5th.  For the first three weeks of the meet, racing will be conducted on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.  Thursdays will be added beginning on May 30th and continue through September 26th.  The Grade III Delaware Oaks is scheduled for Saturday, July 6th and the Grade II Delaware Handicap will be run on July 13th.

Delaware Park News & Notes

Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association sign three-year agreement and 2019 dates approved

Wilmington, Del., January 16, 2019 – Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) announced today the signing of a multi-year agreement and the live racing dates for the 2019 meet.

The agreement provides for 85 days of live racing for the next three years.

The 2019 live racing season will open on Saturday, May 4th and close on Saturday, October 5th.  For the first three weeks of the meet, racing will be conducted on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.  Thursdays will be added beginning on May 30th and continue through September 26th.  The Grade III Delaware Oaks is scheduled for Saturday, July 6th and the Grade II Delaware Handicap will be run on July 13th.

“I am pleased and excited to announce the signing of this multi-year agreement,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice-President of Racing/Finance at Delaware Park.  “We have worked hard to provide exciting racing in the highly competitive Mid-Atlantic region by attracting quality horsemen to Delaware. Having stability and certainty for the next three seasons will help us to continue to build an attractive product.”

  1. Scott Peck, President of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, reinforced the sentiment of consistency and continuity.

“We are very pleased, as we will have live racing on the first Saturday of May to coincide with Kentucky Derby, four additional days of racing and the stability of a three-year contract.” said DTHA President Scott Peck.

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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!”

Handicapping Contests

 Final 2018 Handicapping Tournament

2019 Dates will be announced when they are official.

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 November 24

FinishFirst InitialLast NameFinal TotalPrize Winnings
1J.Michael$1224.50
$3,277.50
2G.Knepper$535.85
$1,638.75
3J.Russo
$402.50
$983.25
4C.Billoti$260.00
$655.50

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RACING CALENDAR

The 2019 live racing season will open on Saturday, May 4th and close on Saturday, October 5th. For the first three weeks of the meet, racing will be conducted on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Thursdays will be added beginning on May 30th and continue through September 26th.

2019 Live Racing Calendar

STAKES

2019 Stakes Information will be published when official.

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