Delaware Park cancels Thursday card due to lack of entries

by | 09.24.2012 | 3:45pm

Delaware Park's live racing card for Thursday, September 27, has been cancelled due to insufficient entries.

Live racing will be conducted this Wednesday, September 26, and will resume on Saturday, September 29.  First race post time is 1:15 p.m.

The races that filled for the Thursday card will be brought back as extra races for Saturday and Monday.

  • Dingus

    Further example of why tracks in the mid-Atlantic should coordinate schedules into a circuit.  Ideally, MTH-DEL-PRX would run as a circuit similar to NYRA (SAR-BEL-AQU).  Highly doubt Parx would agree to that, though.

  • Jayne

    exactly what the casino operators wanted, racing’s demise

  • citation

    This has been a problem for Delaware Park for several years.  Sad, as I think it is one of the most beautiful tracks in America.  However we dont go there as often due to the small fields.  To drive 200 miles for short fields is not worth it.

  • Harry

    What a sad state of affairs. Delaware has slots and cannot once again fill a racing card. Maryland purses much lower than Delaware and Maryland has NO problem filling races especially turf races. Maybe John Mooney needs some new persons in racing office. Sad so sad!!!!!! This is not the first time Delaware has had this problem again so sad for such a beautiful race track.

  • Add a full month at Atlantic City for some quality turf racing with MTH-DEL-PRX.  Same with Laurel-Pimico-Charles Town-Colonial Downs….another group that should be a circuit. Tracks could offer incentive plans for keeping stables essentially exclusive to that ‘circuit’ except for graded stakes races. The deluted product just weakens all the tracks in the area.

  • Recoop55

    there are people there in the wrong jobs,they chase trainers and owners away….things change when mr rickman sr passed, he loved horse racing…

  • Big Red

    You are right on. The Rickman family that inherited the track has no intention of making / allowing racing to survive. The track has bled more money in the past month than at any other time in it’s history. The casino numbers are way off also but making enough to keep the family happy (sort of).

    Most don’t know it but DP barely got this meet off the ground over a 1 year contract dispute with the horsemen and it doesn’t look good for 2013. The barn area which was overhauled in 2011 is already a disaster.

    Unless they sell it, which is VERY unlikely, racing as we know it is probably finished at DP !   Too bad, it could be a top notch place.

  • Ernie

     Feel like the quality has gone down like Woodbine has.

  • steve_in_pa

    Laurel-Pimlico-Colonial is already a circuit, with Timonium thrown in there for a week.  Delaware usually fills fields better when Colonial is running because it seems there is no dirt racing at Colonial.  CharlesTown has no problem filling fields, but theirs is a niche, not sure many of the bigger stables would like CT’s bullring 6f circuit.  If I’m not mistaken, Delaware also used to have a shorter meet, starting around Memorial Day, and ending Labor Day weekend.  Only so much stock out there to run when the weather gets cooler.  Trainers aren’t running their horses every other week either, like they used to. I remember when Garden State, Meadowlands, Bowie, and Atlantic City all thrived, Suffolk and Rockingham co-existed, and Pocono and Commodore Downs ran five nights a week.  Parx, Penn National,  and CharlesTown all ran five days a week, ten races per card, and all without slots.  Not sure the product is diluted, but the horses definitely aren’t there, especially when they get retired before turning 4 or 5.

  • Dingus

    Turf racing at AC would be nice.  In a perfect world, there would only be a little overlap.  It might look like:
    Parx: mid October- early April
    Atlantic City Turf: late April-mid May
    Delaware Spring: early April- Memorial Day
    Monmouth: Memorial Day- Labor Day
    Delaware Fall: Labor Day- mid October
    Meadowlands Turf: late October-mid November

    Using the AC and Meadowlands all-turf meets would be a way to ensure that there is turf racing on the circuit for more of the year.

  • stevie k

    great track soo sad,I love parx,I moved up there and Im happy

  • Sdh

    Should read “lack of interest”.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    Racing secretary writes a terrible book.

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