11/18/2002 1:00AM

Delaware handle rises 6 percent


Despite losing three programs to bad weather in the last week of the season, Delaware Park posted a gain of 6 percent for the 139-day meet, which ended Saturday, over last year's meet of the same length. Delaware handled $282,655,168 from all sources on its races, for an average of $2,033,706 a day.

Jockey Mike McCarthy, who retired at the end of the meet after 21 seasons, won his sixth Delaware riding title in the past seven years with 157 victories.

Scott Lake won his first Delaware training title by saddling 84 winners, three short of the track record set by Tim Ritchey a year ago.