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Delaware Park - A Gem of a Track (Video)

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Delaware Park is a diamond in the rough of northeast Thoroughbred racetracks. Located just outside of Wilmington, Delaware the facility has just about anything a gambler/horse player or fan could desire like:

 

    • * - easily accessibility by car
    • * - free and ample parking with constant shuttle service
    • * - full casino attached 
    • * - decent grub at an affordable prices
    • * - compact layout, but never crowded
    • * - a large, tree-filled paddock reminiscent of a city park
    • * - plenty of comfortable seating
    • * - track employees and fans that are helpful
    • * - solid colony of jockeys and trainers
    • * - great sight-lines and large screen televisions seamlessly integrated to highlight racing form around the county
    • * - And get this: free admission – here’s a concept whose time has come

 

Really, in my maiden voyage – 8 hours driving time – to Delaware Park, the only complaint I had was, I didn’t cash enough tickets. I’ll leave that story for another day. As I took in the grounds for the first time the only thing I really wondered was: where are all the people?

 

Those who came could easily get a beer, buy a dog, meet some old friends at table and shoot the breeze whilst handicapping, as I witnessed quite a few patrons doing. If anyone tired from the well air conditioned facility or needed a break from the near 80% humidity and 90-degree temperatures, the walk to the paddock was like, well, a walk in the park.

 

Seriously, there was enough green space for a kid’s soccer game or an adult, summer concert. Mature trees, fresh flowers and I swear, a breeze impossible to find on the track apron kicked in on my several trips to paddock. The temperature dipped at least 10 degrees and nary a horse showed a white sweat streak on a hazy, summer day.

 

Tranquil moments and plenty of live action were caught on camera, along with an almost run-in between a mare and her human competitors. I hope you enjoy my brief look into Delaware Park during one of its biggest race days.

 

 

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Tony Bada Bing began his lifelong quest of finding winners more than 35 years ago as a fifth grade student. This is when his grandfather first took him to the many Off Track Betting facilities sprinkled throughout Long Island, NY. While many kids his age were clamoring to hit the beach or an amusement park during summer vacation, Bada Bing was spending it in stuffy, smoked-filled rooms filled with retirees and reprobates listening to Marshall Cassidy on tape delay calling Saratoga.

This passion was further lit by his father, who took Bada Bing to East Boston's Suffolk Downs, only after Bada Bing learned to read the Racing Form. For most of his young adult life a summer rotation of NY OTB, Suffolk, and the now shuddered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH filled his betting days. 

Notable winners along the way: Willow Hour's and Runaway Groom's Travers wins as well as Derby winners Grindstone, Thunder Gulch (which he called in print the day before) and Super Saver. His latest quest is to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta.

Bada Bing plays tournaments at Derby Wars, bets through several account wagering sites and has blogged about Thoroughbred racing for the past four years. He prefers the bigger meets of NYRA and California as well as seasonal meets of Gulfstream, Churchill and Oaklawn. He likes vertical, multirace wagers like Pick 4s.

He has produced several Horse Racing Nation videos, in addition to blogging. He can be found at Twitter @tonycbadabing. While away from the track Bada Bing enjoys time with his wife, who tolerates and supports his passion, and his two children.