delaware thoroughbred racing commission

Veteran Investigator, Delaware Commission Executive John Wayne Passes Suddenly

John Wayne was considered by many of his peers to be the “dean” of racing regulators in North America. He worked at 28 different racetracks over 15 years as an investigator with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), spent nearly a decade in management at Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey and the last […]

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Marcus Vitali Hopeful Retirement Gig Will Include Growing Pot

Embattled Thoroughbred trainer Marcus Vitali, who was suspended 365 days by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission in summer 2019, has applied for a special permit to open a marijuana growing business in Attleboro, Mass., according to a report this week by The Sun Chronicle. Vitali told the newspaper that he plans on retiring soon and […]

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Delaware Park Receives Approval For 85-Day Race Meet

Delaware Park has announced an 85-day meet for the upcoming 83rd season of live racing after receiving approval from the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission today. The live racing season will open on Wednesday, May 27 and conclude on Saturday, Oct. 31.  Live racing will be conducted Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.  Thursdays will be added June 18 […]

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Report: Delaware Commission Moves Up Trainer Percaro’s Appeal Over Shockwave Use

The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission is accelerating its appeals timeframe for two men handed fines and suspensions related to the use of shockwave therapy. The Racing Biz reported this week that the appeal, which had not been scheduled until April 2020, will now take place in January. Trainer Anthony Percaro and assistant David Neilson were […]

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Delaware Commission Upholds Stewards’ Suspension Of Vitali

According to The Racing Biz, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has voted to uphold a year-long suspension and $2,500 fine handed to Marcus Vitali after the controversial trainer fled security at Delaware Park. Vitali’s attorney Alan Pincus told writer Frank Vespe he did not know whether Vitali would appeal the ruling, which would mean going […]

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Report: Delaware’s Wayne Puts His Foot Down, Denies Vitali Stay Of Suspension

In an unconventional move, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission’s executive director John Wayne has denied a stay of suspension requested by trainer Marcus Vitali. The Racing Biz first reported the development after yesterday’s news that Vitali had gotten a year’s suspension and a $2,500 fine for interfering with a search in a dorm room. “I […]

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Arabian Owner-Trainer Suspended Five Years For Refusing To Cooperate Over DNA Sample

The owner-trainer license of Mark Powell has been suspended five years by Delaware Park stewards for “refusing to cooperate with an official of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and other racing officials” on Aug. 28, 2018. The Oct. 13 ruling also notes that Powell has been fined $2,500. The penalties stem from an attempt by […]

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‘No Disciplinary Action’ Taken Against Delaware Park Assistant Starter

An assistant starter working at Delaware Park was the subject of a viral video released on Twitter on Thursday, June 14th. In the gate prior to the fifth race, the seven horse Accolade seemed to be acting up prior to the start. The assistant starter appeared to jerk the reins and hit the horse in […]

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Owner Of Horse Involved In Starter Incident Issues 2nd Statement; Accolade In ‘Good Spirits’

Glenn Fagan, the owner of Accolade, the horse struck several times in the head by an assistant starter at Delaware Park last week, issued a follow-up statement Sunday that mellowed some of the frustration expressed in his original statement. In the statement sent to WDEL, Fagan said while he was initially outraged that Delware Park […]

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