Fact Finding wins DTHA Governors Day Handicap

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 —Robert M Evans and Bart B. Evans Fact Finding posted an easy score the $75,000 DTHA Governors Day Handicap at Delaware Park today. With Carol Cedeno aboard, the 6-year-old son of The Factor posted an 11 ¾-length victory and returned $4.20 in the field of four. Tudox Expectations, with Jaime Rodriguez finished second. It was another 2 1/2-lengths farther back to the 4-to-5 favorite Wait for It, with Abner Adorno, in third. Fact Finding cut early fractions of: 46.56 for a half-mile and 1:11.35 for the three quarters-mile before completing the mile and seventy yards in 1:41.27 over a sloppy main track. The Kentucky-bred trained by J. Reeve McGaughey raised his career record to eight wins from 19 starts with earnings of $387,196.

“I had a perfect trip,” said winning rider Carol Cedeno. “I just wanted to get the lead because he likes to be in front. I got him there and he did the rest. I had so much horse, he made the trip real easy for me. The only thing I was worried about was the break and getting the lead. He does not break great, but when we get out of the gate good, he makes the rest of the trip real easy.”

Street Lute scores in Small Wonder

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 —Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute notched her second career victory in as many starts in $100,625 Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Brian Pedroza aboard, the 2-year-old daughter of Street Magician posted a 5-length win and returned $6.40 as the favorite in the field of eleven. Plane Drunk, with Abner Adorno, finished second a head in front of Hickory Dickorydoc, with Roberto Alvarado Jr. in third.

Street Lute covered the five and a half furlongs over sloppy main track in 1:05.36. The Maryland-bred trained by John Robb raised her career record to two wins from two starts with earnings of $90,000.

“We had a great trip,” said winning rider Brian Pedroza. “I loved having the outside post, we broke well and I kept her in the clear. After that, I just let her do her thing. I really did not expect anything less of her today. I thought she was the best horse going in, she is the best 2-year-old I have sat on all meet, and she performed like it.”

Madam Neena notches victory Tax Free Shopping Distaff

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 — Michael R. Cox’s Madam Meena notched her first career stakes victory in easy fashion in the $100,375 Tax Free Shopping Distaff at Delaware Park today. With Jaime Rodriguez aboard, the 3-year-old daughter of Include posted an 8 3/4-length win and returned $8.00 as the second choice in the field of eight. Dancer’s Melody, with Carol Cedeno, finished second a head in front of Quiet Imagination, with Alex Cintron, in third. The 4-to-5 favorite, Pink Caddy with Abner Adorno, finished fourth.

Madam Meena cut early fractions of 22.52 for the quarter-mile and :45.84 for the half-mile before completing the six furlongs over a sloppy main track in 1:10.20. The Pennsylvania-bred trained by Jamie Ness raised her career record to six wins from ten starts with earnings of $191,450.

“I was a little bit worried having the one hole with the track being sloppy,” said winning rider Jaime Rodriguez. “When she broke good and when I saw nobody really wanted to take the lead, I saw an advantage and took it. When she got the lead, she just kept going. Once we hit the top of the lane, she got big and she kept running. I was a little worried with the sloppy track because she had a start in the slop and she did not hit the board. It was the only time in her career she did not hit the board. Today, we just found a part of the track where she was really comfortable and being on the lead helped, but she really handled the sloppy track today.”

Threes Over Deuces wins New Castle Stakes via DQ

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 —Pocket 3’s Racing’s Threes Over Deuces won the $100,375 New Castle Stakes via disqualification at Delaware Park today. Whereshetoldmetogo, the 9-to-5 favorite with Alex Cintron, crossed the finish line first 1 1/2-lengths in front, but was disqualified and placed second by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for interfering with Threes Over Deuces, with Victor Rosales, in deep stretch. It was another 2 1/4-lengths farther back to Golden Candy, with Carol Cedeno, in third.

The winning time for six furlongs over a sloppy main track was 1:10.42. Threes Over Deuces returned $9.80 as the third-choice in the field of eight. The Kentucky-bred son of Flat Out trained by Gary Capuano raised his career record to six wins from 31 starts with earnings of $430,032.

Artful Splatter notches victory in off the turf Rosenberger Memorial

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 —James C. Wolf’s Artful Splatter posted an easy front running victory in the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware today. The race was originally scheduled for the turf, but was transferred to the main track due heavy showers last night. With Alex Cintron aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Bandbox won by a 10 1/4-lengths and returned $5.20 as the second-choice in the field of five. Tudox Expectations, with Jaime Rodriguez, finished second. It was 1 1/2-lengths farther back to the 6-to-5 favorite, Wait for It with Abner Adorno, in third.

Artful Splatter set early fractions of 49.19 for the half-mile and 1:13.15 for the three quarter-miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.89 over a sloppy main track. The Maryland-bred trained by Kieron Magee raised her career mark to eight wins from 23 starts with earnings of $295,428.

Singlino wins First State Dash

Wilmington, Del., September 26, 2020 —John E. Worsely’s Singlino posted an upset victory in the $100,625 First State Dash Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Alexander Crispin aboard, the 2-year-old son of Uncle Lino returned $19.40. The Maryland-bred trained by John Worsley won by 2-lengths. Maythehorsebewithu, with Alex Cintron, finished second. It was another 3 1/4-lengths farther back to Latin Spice, with Raul Mena, in third. The even-money favorite in the field of ten, Newyearsblockparty with Brian Pedroza, finished eighth.

Singlino covered the five and a half furlongs in 1:05.11 over a sloppy track. He raised his career record to two wins from three starts with earnings of $80,625.

“I have always been really excited about this horse,” said winning rider Alexander Crispin. “The first time I rode him, we won. He got a little break, but when he first came back to the track, he worked really good and he progressed with each day. In the mornings, every time I would get him on, he felt better. I had faith and hope when he did race next, he would do well and today he did. Everything came together today and it went as planned”

Delaware Park News & Notes

Long-time Delaware Park steward Fritz Burkhardt passes away at age 85

Wilmington, Del., September 25, 2020— Long-time Delaware Park steward Fritz Burkhardt passed away in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, September 22. He was 85.

With exception of a brief stint serving as a racing official for the Emirates Racing Authority in Abu Dhabi in the mid-1990s, the native of Baltimore, Maryland had served has a steward at Delaware Park for the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission from 1987 until 2019.

Burkhardt also worked in varied and numerous positions within in the industry including managing Abacus Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado for Broadway producer Mary K. Frank, he was an assistant to trainer Roger Cornell, steward at Rillito Downs, a trainer, an agent and as a young man worked as a houndsman at the Howard County Hunt Club.

“He really was an amazing man and he lived a fascinating life,” said John Mooney, the Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park. “He was very devoted to animals, particularly horses. He had a very thorough understanding of the race horse and appreciated all the individuals who worked with race horses. He was a great friend, companion and mentor to so many people in the sport. The Delaware Park family and the racing industry has lost one of our champions. He will be missed.”

Delaware Park News & Notes

Canceled dates rescheduled for October 8th & 15th

Wilmington, Del., August 31, 2020 — The live racing dates previously canceled due to extreme weather conditions on Monday, July 20th and Wednesday, August 5th, have been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8th and Thursday, October 15th.

Live racing will continue through closing day on October 17th. Racing will be conducted on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. First race post time is 1:15p.

Dunbar Road cruises to Delaware Handicap victory

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Wilmington, Del., July 11, 2020 — Peter Brant’s Dunbar Road cruised to an easy victory in the $400,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park today.

With Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road posted a 3-length triumph and returned $2.40 as the favorite in the field of six. Sacarosa, with Carol Cedeno, finished second a length in front of Bellera, with Trevor McCarthy in third. Dunbar Road covered the mile and an eighth in 1:49.02 over a fast main track.

In her only other outing this year, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Chad Brown won the mile and a sixteenth $100,000 Shawnee Stakes by 1 ¾-lengths at Churchill Downs on May 23. Last year, she won the Grade II Mother Goose at Belmont Park and the Grade I Alabama at Saratoga before finishing third in the Grade I Spinster at Keeneland and fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park. She has a career record of six wins from nine starts with earnings of $998,040.

Winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. was impressed with this race.

“I got a perfect trip,” said winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. “She broke really good, I was right behind the early speed right where I wanted to be. I wanted to save some ground and then I got her out. By the 3/8ths pole, I started working my way out and I had no trouble, so I just got her clear and she responded. She responded very well. This is a really nice filly. You are going to hear a lot from her – trust me.”

Project Whiskey lights up tote board with Delaware Oaks score

Wilmington, Del., July 4, 2020 — In her first attempt versus Graded competition and going two-turns Cash is King and LC Racing’s Project Whiskey posted an upset victory in the $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park today.

With Frankie Pennington aboard, the daughter of Tapizar returned $79.80 as the longest shot in the field of eight. The Maryland-bred trained by Robert “Butch” Reid won by a half-length and covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.04 over a fast main track. Dream Marie, with Joe Bravo, finished second 1 ¼-lengths in front of Princess Cadey, with Angel Cruz, in third. The 9-to-5 favorite, Piece of My Heart with Joe Talamo, cut early fractions of :47.28 for the half-mile and 1:11.99 for the three-quarter miles before finishing fourth.

In her only other outing this year, Project Whiskey finished unplaced in a six furlong Churchill Downs allowance on May 25. Last year, she posted two victories out of five starts, including the seven furlong Parx Juvenile Filly Stakes

“I am glad we went down to Churchill to get that race in her which set her up perfectly for this,” said winning trainer Robert “Butch Reid. “I think this is what she has been waiting to do – to go a route ground. We are not sure where we are going to go next with her, but I am sure it will probably have the word “Oaks” behind it. What exactly that race is, we are going to have to sit down with the owners to figure out. I am just happy to have this ownership group. They put up with a lot of my shenanigans and they went ahead and took the opportunity to run in this race with this nice filly, so I got to give them a lot of the credit.

Winning jockey Frankie Pennington was impressed with her tenacity.

“Going into the race Butch (Robert Reid) had her unbelievable,” said winning jockey Frankie Pennington. “It was a real gutsy effort for my filly especially because it was her first time going two turns. She broke sharp and put us in a good position. When the seven (Dream Marie) came towards us just before the quarter pole, I asked her and she fought back on. The more we were staying together with seven, the more she just kept fighting and she gutted it out.”

Capacity reduced to 1,000 patrons

Wilmington, Del., June 23, 2020 — Effective immediately, Delaware Park will reduce the attendance capacity to 1,000 total patrons, inside and outside. Only 500 patrons will be allowed access to the clubhouse and grandstand area and wristbands for admittance will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. The capacity will be reduced as a measure to better monitor the compliance of the required COVID-19 patron safety protocols.

As compliance improves, the capacity limits may be increased in the clubhouse and grandstand. There are no changes to the Grove and Picnic area.

The patron safety protocols for racing are as follows:

· Initial access to the Clubhouse/Grandstand will be limited to the Paddock entrance;

All patrons will have their temperature taken prior to being granted access to the Clubhouse:

· Temperature will be taken by thermal imaging camera or touchless, handheld thermometer;

· All patrons will be asked two health screening questions if they have any symptoms related to COVID – 19 or if there has been any close contact with a person testing positive for COVID – 19 during the previous 14 day period:

· Guests flagged by temperature reading of 99.5° or higher (as established by Delaware Health & Social Services), or flagged by the health screening questionnaire will be prohibited from entering;

· Guests demonstrating symptoms will be asked to immediately vacate the property;

· Patrons entering the Clubhouse will be given a wristband that will need to be worn at all times;

· All patrons must possess a face mask when entering the property, bandanas will not be acceptable;

· FACE MASKS COVERING THE NOSE AND MOUTH MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE, EXCEPT WHEN EATING. NON-COMPLIANCE WILL RESULT IN A WARNING TO THE PATRON AND COULD RESULT IN THE PATRON BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE PROPERTY;

· Face masks are strongly encouraged outside while properly social distancing and required when in areas that social distancing is not possible and while making wagers or ordering food and/or drinks;

· Proper social distancing will be enforced inside the Clubhouse and in the outside seating areas. Patrons will not be allowed to congregate in any areas, except those patrons from the same household;

· Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Clubhouse and outdoor seating areas;

Live racing will continue through closing day on October 17th. Racing will be conducted on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 16th through October 15th. First race post time is 1:15p.

The highlight of the season is the filly and mare summer classic, the mile and a quarter Grade II Delaware Handicap on July 11th. The Grade III Delaware Oaks will be contested on July 4th.

2020 Handicapping Contests

Final Standings for February, 22 2020

FinishFirst NameLast NameFinal TotalPrize Winnings
1RonaldBrody$620.50
$2,636.00
2NickFazzorali$609.00
$1,318.00
3RichardKuczak
$334.50
$790.00
4Dennis O'Connell$134.00
$527.00

2020 Handicap Tournament Dates

Next tournament will be announced when official.

1st Place $4,275 | 2nd Place $2,140 | 3rd Place: $1,280 | 4th Place: $855

Based on 60 entries.

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 and $100 bankroll. 95% of the entry fee 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%.

For more information contact Chris Sobocinski at 302-994-2521 ext 7383.

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