Day At The Track

Dover Downs opens this Sunday

10:46 AM 29 Oct 2013 NZDT
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DOVER, Del. --- Sunday, Nov. 3 is opening day of the 2013-2014 season at Dover Downs. The six-month long meet continues through April 10, 2014.

Many of the sport's top horses and drivers compete in the Delaware Capital City raceway's 45th season. Race secretary Rod Newhart, again directs the highly competitive 107 programs.

Dover Downs begins an outstanding "Novemberfest of Stakes Races" on Nov. 10 featuring more than $4-million in stakes purses sporting the sport's outstanding juveniles vying in Matron Stakes elimination division. The top eight finishers in each event return on Nov. 17 for lucrative finals.

On Nov.24, the estimated $400,000 Progress Pace - the track's signature event - showcases the sport's standout three-year-olds. After $35,000 elims, the top eight return for an estimated $35,000 final on Dec. 1.

Also during Novemberfest month, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen divisions feature two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries setting up a $100,000 final in each two-year-old sections.

Defending champion Cory Callahan seeks his fifth consecutive leading driver title. His competition includes a strong group of prominent horsemen. Among them are former track leading drivers Tony Morgan and Jim Morand, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis,co- leading drivers at Harrington, Allan Davis, Daryl and Sean Bier, Victor Kirby, Roger Plante, Eddie Davis Jr. and Montrell Teague, also return. Again this meet, Tim Tetrick and Hall of Famer Ron Pierce are expected to drive several nights a week.

During the early stages of the upcoming meet, many of the sport's most heralded drivers are expected to be on hand for the strong stakes events including Hall of Famer John Campbell, Brian Sears, David Miller, Jim Morrill Jr. and Andy Miller.

Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be a dark days.

As usual, parking and admission to Dover Downs racing is free. For those choosing to dine in the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. In addition to fine cuisine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, a variety of food and drinks are available at The Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade.

For those racing a horse at the track and looking for first-class overnight accommodations, the 4-star 500-room Dover Downs Hotel, is adjacent to the racetrack. It is suggested to make reservations early.

Year around, Dover Downs' Race and Sports Book presents leading thoroughbred and harness tracks for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily as well as three-game NFL parlay wagering. Information is available at 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

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