Delaware Park Maintains Distance Racing Policy: When Race Fails to Fill, Longer Alternate to Carry Richer Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-08


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Delaware Park Maintains Distance Racing Policy PolicyWhen When Race Fails to Fill Longer Alternate to Carry Richer Purse PurseWILMINGTON WILMINGTON Del May 7 Delaware Parks longstanding policy of fostering and encouraging distance racing will again be stressed during the 32day meeting of thor ¬ oughbred sport which gets under way May 29 At the track near Wilmington the ac ¬ cent is on richer purses for longer races racesIn In keeping with that objective Delaware Park will offer an inducement to horsemen which stipulates that when a race fails to fill attracts too few entries and when any substitute or extra race is proposed by the racing secretary the newlysuggested race will be posted on the Board in dupli ¬ cate except as to distance and purse value While the conditions otherwise will be the same one alternative will be a sprint and the other will be at a mile and a sixteenth sixteenthIn In every case the longer alternative will carry a higher purse value To card his race the racing secretary will select one or the other of the two alternatives alternativesThis This policy will be followed in line with the truest tradition of the sport and because the racegoing public has demonstrated its i devotion to races over a mile The plan is not meant in any way to interfere with training methods but nevertheless aims to encourage presentation of longer races and to give a richer opportunity to those trainers with skill and patience to train horses over a distance of ground This plan was initiated at Delaware Park last season under the heading of a new opportunity opportunityIt It is significant that of Delaware Parks 10 stakes on the flat four others are steeplechases only four are sprints and three of the four are for twoyearolds which are not called upon to travel longer distances so early in their campaigns campaignsRun Run over the classic distance of a mile and a quarter are the 100000added New Castle Handicap worlds richest race for fillies and mares which graces the closing day program on July 5 and the 25000 added Sussex Handicap Two major three yearold specials the Leonard Richards and the Delaware Oaks the latter for fil ¬ lies are at a mile and a furlong The Kent also for sophomores and the Brandywine Handicap are mile and a sixteenth fixtures i

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