DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs kicks off its 45th season, Sunday, Nov. 3. The six-month long meet ends on April 10, 2014.
As usual, the Dover Downs meet features top horses, top stables and top drivers during its lengthy season.
Racing is featured Sundays through Thursdays daily with Friday and Saturday "dark" days. As usual, weekday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. with Sunday post time at 5:30 p.m.
November is a giant month for major stakes headed by the $350,000 (estimated) Progress Pace for three-year-old colt pacers plus all eight of the prestigious Matron Series, the longest on-going stakes program in the sport. The Matron Three-Year-Old Male Pace is set for Nov. 24 with its lucrative final on Dec. 1.
And the top Delaware-sired two-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers race for near $1-million during the first month of racing.
Traditionally, the lucrative Progress Pace, the track's signature event, again highlights racing program. The 17th edition of the Progress Pace features the top eight point-getters, after $35,000 eliminations division on Nov. 10, return for the rich final and a consolation on Nov. 17, a day when fans at the track receive a 2013 Progress Pace cap.
Nov. 10 begins a special day of stakes races with elimination divisions of the Matron Series, the sport's oldest continuous stakes for two-and-three-year-old colts and filly trotters and freshman pacers. The top eight finishers in each sections return for lucrative finals on Nov. 17. The Matron Three-Year-Old Colt Pace will feature eliminations on Nov. 24 with a lucrative final on Dec. 1.
In late November and ending in early December, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for two-year-old filly and colt pacers and trotters will be a part of the stakes parade. The first of two $20,000 preliminary legs begin on the Nov. 11. Second leg events are scheduled the next week. All four $100,000 DSBF finals begin on the last week of November.
There is no charge for admission or parking at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant by phoning 302-764-4600. Due to strong weekend bookings at the 4-Star Dover Downs Hotel, horsemen desiring to stay overnight are urged to make reservations.
Daily simulcasting of North American harness and thoroughbred racing and three-game parlays of NFL games are available in the Dover Downs' Race and Sport's Book in the Colonnade.
by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs