01/08/2009 1:00AM

Delaware taps Pope as secretary


Pat Pope, who has nearly 30 years of experience as a racing secretary in Louisiana, Iowa, and Arkansas, was appointed racing secretary at Delaware Park on Thursday.

Pope has worked at Oaklawn Park since 1994. He served as racing secretary at Louisiana Downs from 1980 to 2006 and also held the same position at Prairie Meadows. He replaces Izzy Trejo, who resigned in September to accept a position as a steward at Turf Paradise.

Pope will begin his duties at Delaware in April after the conclusion of Oaklawn's meet. Delaware's 116-day meet begins April 25.