July 21, 2013
The defending champion, Besilu Stables' Royal Delta, tops a field of six entered in the Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 filly and mare summer classic will carry Grade I status for the first-time since 1989. If Royal Delta wins the Delaware Handicap, she would become the sixth two-time winner of the filly and mare summer classic. The most recent to do so was Nastique, who accomplished the feat in 1988 and 1989. $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap Fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/4 mile.
May 11, 2012 |
This story is the first in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Delaware Handicap. After the famous stretch-long duel between rivals Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in last year's Delaware Handicap, expectations for the 2012 filly and mare summer classic, slated for July 21, have never been higher. The dramatic victory proved to be the final and greatest in the brilliant career of Blind Luck. The gallant defeat did nothing but improve Havre de Grace's stature as one of the best in training and proved to be a pivotal stepping stone in a campaign that culminated with Horse of the Year honors for the locally owned and trained filly.
July 16, 2009 |
Unbridled Belle, the 2007 winner of the Delaware Handicap, was established yesterday as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 72d edition of the $1 million, Grade II highlight of Delaware Park's racing season. The winner of the Delaware Handicap gets an automatic invite into the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita. Unbridled Belle, a 6-year-old owned by Team Valor and trained by Todd Pletcher, finished third in last year's Delaware Handicap. She was back at Delaware Park this year and won the Grade III Obeah Stakes on June 20 by 11 lengths.
July 22, 2013 |
STANTON, Del. - Royal Delta went right to the front at the start of the Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap and led all the way Saturday in a 103/4-length victory over four overmatched rivals. Under confident handling by jockey Mike Smith, Royal Delta moved clear soon after the start, then opened a long lead after five furlongs. She was almost seven lengths in front after a mile and opened up even more through the stretch and was a dominating winner under only the mildest of urging.
July 15, 2014 |
STANTON, Del. - How races are run often is more determinant in results than what horses are running in those races. How horses undergo subtle changes over time also matters every bit as much as the history of those horses. When 2014 began, the idea of Belle Gallantey beating Princess of Sylmar in any race, much less Saturday's Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap would have been laughable. In 2013, Belle Gallantey was 1-for-14 and was claimed for $35,000 from her final race of the year.
April 23, 1987 |
Delaware Park, the region's oldest race track, opens on Saturday for its golden-anniversary season. The track, built by the late William H. du Pont Jr., is known for its parklike setting. It will operate four days a week, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 1:30 p.m. first post time. It also will be open three Mondays, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day, the closing card. The 1987 season will again feature the $100,000 Delaware Handicap, the region's only Grade I race on the main track.
July 22, 2002 |
Summer Colony suggested yesterday that she may be the best filly in the nation when she overcame an eventful trip to capture the 65th running of the $600,000 Delaware Handicap. "I feel like she's the best," said an elated Mark Hennig, the winning trainer. "It was tough. She was really boxed in, and Jerry [Bailey aboard Two Item Limit] knew she was the horse to beat. I think John finally got mad and forced his way out. " Hennig was referring to winning rider John Velazquez, who has been sizzling in New York and was the leading jockey at the just-concluded Belmont Park meeting.