Delaware Park Opens for the 81st Time

| May 31, 2018

Delaware Park has a unique and genuine atmosphere for horseracing and gaming

Circuits that host races all year-long are a positive thing for the entire horseracing industry and tradition and for all the ones making a living out of this occupation. It’s great for the families involved since they can actually develop a sense of community, their children are able to go to the same schools and don’t be forced to live nomad lives having to get used to new schools as the season progressed through the country.

However, the downside of an all-year-long track is that you don’t have to enjoy the phenomenal opening day feeling. Everyone getting ready for the occasion, the tension that you can simply feel in the air, all the families coming for a great time, that’s what makes Delaware Park unique compared with other neighboring racing tracks such as Pennsylvania or Maryland where racing never ends.

The Awesome Track in Stanton, Del

Saying that Delaware Park has a unique and genuine feeling when compared to other racing tracks is not at all an exaggeration. It has this authentic vibe with the wide-opening track, picnic grove, a grandstand from what is now a bygone era and, of course, the old-school paddock that seems to be taking you back in time to the first opening of this amazing race track. Now, in its 81st season that starts on Wednesday, the Delaware Park will offer races every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday up until the 20th of October. All horseracing fans and punters should start making the last preparations for this season filled with races and betting possibilities. If you prefer a pokies online casino, that’s not problem, horseracing is an exciting sport to watch as well. The last week of the season will only have races taking place on Wednesday and Saturday, though.

Delaware Park History and Stats

Scott Lake and Jamie Ness trained around 9000 winners in the long history here in Delaware. Ness managed to win five of the last six races while Lake managed to win every training title between 2002 and 2008. In 2017, they were actually tied for the title and everyone is extremely excited to see the two again in Delaware. One thing is certain, both will have barns filled with winners that you will be able to admire early and often.
Jeremy Rose, a jockey that managed to get national prominence at Delaware Park will start his first race since 2013 and as if that wasn’t huge news already, he will also be reunited with ‘Kidd; Breeden, the agent that helped him reach national fame back in the years, starting with 2005. Rose, that is now 39, won over 2600 races and his best record for a full season is 312 back in 2001. That was his first full season as a rider and you can only imagine how big that was for him and the horseracing fans.

Another huge figure in horseracing, Mario Pino, is also coming back to the track that helped him establish his dominance back in the 1979 and 1980. Mario is a veteran with over 6800 races won during his entire career and what a career it was. Now at 56 years of age, Mario Pino’s last notable performance is nearly winning the Kentucky Derby back in 2007 with a horse that is a local celebrity at DelPark, Hard Spun. Mario is the 10th most successful riders of all time and is among the only three riders that are still active and managed to break the 6000 wins mark in his career.

Main Events

The signature events for the DelPark will take part one week in between in July. First of all, the Delaware Oaks destined for 3-year-old fillies will take place on the 7th of July with a huge $300 000 prize. Then, the diamond of the DelPark season will take place on the 14th of July. Called the Delaware Handicap, this race is destined for mares and older fillies and every fan or watcher will have the chance to see some excellent horses on display. It’s a pity that Songbird retired, however, horseracing fans know that another star is there waiting to take its place.


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