Delaware Park will honor the rich history of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by naming an overnight race in the Museum's honor as part of its live racing card on Wednesday, July 18. Along with the race, Delaware Park will be promoting the Museum throughout the day with videos as part of its on-track and simulcast programs, as well as featuring the Museum in its print program.
“Delaware Park has such a great history in the sport and we're thrilled they are helping bring awareness to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame through their audience,” said Cathy Marino, the Museum director. “We are making it a priority to work with all the tracks throughout the country to promote our shared histories. We're excited to work with Delaware Park and help promote their great track here at the Museum through our social media channels.”
Founded in 1937, Delaware Park is home to such prestigious races as the Delaware Handicap and Delaware Oaks, among others. Numerous standouts have won at the Wilmington-based track in recent years, including champions Songbird, Royal Delta, Blind Luck, Havre de Grace, Barbaro and Afleet Alex. Several Hall of Fame horses won during their careers at Delaware Park, including Spectacular Bid, Kelso, Xtra Heat, Susan's Girl, Desert Vixen, Dark Mirage, Gallant Bloom, Gallorette and Tuscalee. Hall of Fame jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Ron Turcotte, Chris McCarron, Jacinto Vasquez, Steve Brooks and Jack Westrope won riding titles at Delaware Park, while King Leatherbury and Bud Delp topped the track's trainer standings during their respective Hall of Fame careers.
“We are pleased to host an overnight race in honor of the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame,” said John Mooney, Delaware Park's executive director of racing. “The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame represents the excellence of thoroughbred racehorses, trainers, jockeys and breeders in North America. It is not only a spectacular experience for people involved in the sport, but it also a wonderful educational opportunity for the newcomer to racing. We hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of the Museum and Hall of Fame. Through the decades, numerous Hall of Fame careers have been associated with Delaware racing, including Kelso, Spectacular Bid, Susan's Girl, Carl Hanford, Grover “Buddy” Delp, Jonathan Sheppard, Ramon Dominguez, Ron Turcotte and Chris McCarron, just to name a few. It is only appropriate we take this time to say thank you for recognizing the distinguished careers of the horses and people that are such a big part of Delaware Park.”
Delaware Park has 81 racing dates this year, concluding its season on Oct. 20. The Grade 2 Delaware Handicap is scheduled for this Saturday, July 14. To learn more about Delaware Park, please visit www.delawarepark.com.
Other tracks that will be honoring the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame with a named race and special promotion include Saratoga Race Course (the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes on Aug. 3), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (Aug. 4), Kentucky Downs (Sept. 9) and Laurel Park (tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15). Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Parx Racing have also committed with dates to be determined.
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