DOVER, Del.--- Stakes races abound, all November long, when Dover Downs opens its 45th season on Sunday, November 3.
During the opening month, it will be a “Novemberfest” of racing, as all eight lucrative Matron Stakes for two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers eliminations begin on Nov. 10. The top eight finishers return for all eight rich finals the following Sunday, Nov. 17.
The Progress Pace, the track’s signature event, highlights the six-month long 2013-2014 meet which continues from Nov. 3 until April 10, 2014.
Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30. There is no racing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Following completion of Matron elims and rich finals, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 respectively,
the top three-year-old colts in training meet in the $350,000 (estimated) Progress Pace beginning with $35,000 eliminations on Nov. 24 with the top eight finishers racing for an estimated $350,000 final on Dec. 1. A $25,000 consolation will be carded on the program.
Not to be overlooked during November are eight Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old $20,000 divisions raced over a two-week preliminary period culminating with $100,000 finals. The first week, $20,000 first-leg preliminaries begin on Monday, Nov. 11 and continuing the following week. The eight freshman finalists in each section return for $100,000 finals beginning on Nov. 25, concluding on Dec. 1.
Dover Downs Major Stakes Program for the 2013-2014 meet
2013 Progress Pace
Date Day Event Est .Purse
11/24 Sunday 3YO Pace Elim $35,000
12/1 Sunday 3YO Pace Final $350,000
12/1 Sunday Pace Consolation $25,000
2013 Matron Stakes
Date Day Event Est.Purse
11/10 Sunday 2YO Filly Pace Elim $45,000
11/10 Sunday 2YO Filly Trot Elim $45,000
11/10 Sunday 2YO Colt Pace Elim $55,000
11/10 Sunday 2YO Colt Trot Elim $55,000
11/10 Sunday 3YO Filly Pace Elim $40,000
11/10 Sunday 3YO Colt Trot Elim $45,000
11/10 Sunday 3YO Colt Pace Elim $55,000
11/17 Sunday 2YO Filly Trot Final $150,000
11/17 Sunday 2YO Colt Trot Final $140,000
11/17 Sunday 2YO Filly Pace Final $160,000
11/17 Sunday 2YO Colt Pace Final $160,000
11/17 Sunday 3YO Filly Pace Final $130,000
11/17 Sunday 3YO Filly Trot Final $150,000
11/17 Sunday 3YO Colt Trot Final $140,000
11/17 Sunday 3YO Colt Pace Final $160,000
2013 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF)
For Delaware-Sired Two- and Three-Year Olds
Date Day Event Purse
11/11 Monday Filly Trot Prelim 1 $20,000
11/12 Tuesday Colt Trot Prelim 1 $20,000
11/17 Sunday Filly Pace Prelim 1 $20,000
11/17 Sunday Colt Pace Prelim 1 $20,000
11/18 Monday Filly Trot Prelim 2 $20,000
11/19 Tuesday Colt Trot Prelim 2 $20,000
11/24 Sunday Filly Pace Prelim 2 $20,000
11/24 Sunday Colt Pace Prelim 2 $20,000
11/25 Monday Filly Pace Final $100,000G
11/26 Tuesday Colt Trot Final $100,000G
12/1 Sunday Colt Pace Final $100,000G
12/1 Tuesday Filly Pace Final $100,000G
2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) - To Be Announced
Racing is featured Sundays through Thursdays with Friday and Saturday “dark” days. As usual, weekday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m.
by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs