08/14/2013 1:28PM

Delaware Park cancels Wednesday card to repair track following storm


After receiving four inches of rain during the span of an hour on Tuesday morning, Delaware Park canceled Wednesday's card to allow its track crew to “level and regrade” the racing surface, according to John Mooney, the track’s executive director of racing. Mooney said he expected the Stanton, Del., track to run its Thursday card as scheduled.

Mooney said Delaware Park had been under a tornado watch Tuesday morning and that training had to be halted after the heavy rains began. The storm flooded parking lots at the facility and that the runoff on the racetrack “moved the cushion around a bit” and that that we decided to give the track crew all of Wednesday to work on the track.

The decision to cancel was made Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher More than 1 year ago
They out to cancel racing for good--the main track and the Tirf course have been poorly maintained over the past few years. I have had owners tell me they will not race their horses there for fear of getting injured. On top of that--Delaware Park is host to several of Horse Racing's greatest "move up" trainers--when there are at least 2-3 other guys performing greater miracles than Jamie Ness, you know that the racing product is a disgrace. Mr. Mooney and the track's owner--Mr. Rickman--ought to be ashamed of how they have allowed a once-great racetrack to degenerate so badly on their watch.