Dover, DE ---- Dover Downs kicks off its 45th season on 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 (est.) Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, plus all eight of the prestigious Matron Series. The top Delaware-sired 2-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers race for nearly $1 million during the first month of racing.
The lucrative Progress Pace, the track’s signature event, again highlights the racing program. The 17th edition of the Progress Pace features the top eight sophomores after $35,000 eliminations on Nov. 24 returning for the rich final and a consolation on Dec. 1, a day when fans at the track receive a 2013 Progress Pace cap.
Nov. 10 begins a special day of stakes races with eliminations of the Matron Series for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. The top eight finishers in each section return for lucrative finals on Nov. 17.
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for 2-year-old filly and colt pacers and trotters will also be a part of the stakes parade. The first of two $20,000 preliminary legs begin on Nov. 11. Second leg events are scheduled the next week. Four $100,000 DSBF finals conclude the fall stakes program.
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 Sports Book in the Colonnade.