The 27th Owners' Day at Delaware Park will showcase the best in Delaware racing this Saturday. The eleven race card will offer total purses of $740,500. The card has six stakes, four for Delaware-bred or certified Thoroughbreds and two restricted to horses that have started at Delaware Park this year.
Trainer Anthony Pecoraro, who is currently second in the Delaware Park standings with a record of 23 winners from 57 starters (through Monday, September 24), has entered a total of six on the card. The 57-year-old native of New York, New York, has entered four 2-year-olds in the Delaware Certified stakes. He has A. Delaperriere Stables' Golden Candy & Black Cloud Stable's Sight of Heaven in the five and a half furlong $100,000 First State Dash for the boys and Dave Neilson's Hufflepuff & Dawn Neilson's Shatter Me in the five and a half furlong $100,000 Small Wonder Stakes for the girls. Pecoraro has also cross-entered Pecoraro Stable's Queen Nekia in the six furlong $100,000 Tax Free Shopping Distaff and the mile and a sixteenth $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial, a turf event for fillies and mares.
“We have had the Delaware Certified 2-year-old stake races on our radar for quite a while,” said trainer Anthony Pecoraro. “We have some pretty solid starters and I think we have good shots in both. All of them have been training really well and I am looking forward to running them.”
Pecoraro has always been successful in the 2-year-old division at Delaware Park. In 2019, he has posted nine wins from 24 starters with 2-year-olds (through Monday, September 24).
“I have a program and they seem to adapt to it well,” Pecoraro said. “We buy the horses as yearlings, we put them through the Delaware Certified program and then we send them to Florida where they are prepared to be race horses. When they are ready, they are sent back to Delaware. But we send them to Florida for the winter and when they come back to Delaware, I just have to put them through the final steps before they are ready to run.”
Weather will be the primary factor in where Pecoraro decides to run Queen Nekia.
“We entered Queen Nekia in both the Rosenberger Memorial and the Tax Free Shopping,” he said. “If the Rosenberger comes off the turf, we will likely run her there. If the race stays on the turf, we will go short on dirt with her in the Tax Free Shopping Distaff. She is definitely at her best going long on the dirt but she can go short as well. Last year, she broke her maiden sprinting at Delaware Park and this past winter, she ran a real good second against some pretty tough Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park going short. She does not prefer to go short, but she does like Delaware Park and she is doing really well right now.”
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