Dover Downs 2018–2019 season opening information

from Dover Downs Communications

Dover, DE — Dover Downs’ first draw takes place Tuesday (Oct. 30) for races on the 2018-2019 season’s opening day, Monday (Nov. 5). The Dover Downs Race Office will accept entries from 9-10 a.m.

Daily condition sheets are available in the Race Office, as well as on the internet at or on the USTA website, and will again feature a revised method of conditioning Standardbred races that is tailored to “winners” as opposed to “non-winners.”

For those seeking to qualify, horses must be dropped in on Tuesday for the first set of qualifying races being held Wednesday (Oct. 31).

Daily feature races during the 2018-2019 meet are as follows: The top pace, the $30,000 Preferred and $25,000 Open, head the premier Thursday cards. The Fillies and Mares tangle on Wednesdays in their $25,000 Open Pace, while the top trotters go on Tuesdays for $25,000. The condition sheet will again feature a steady menu of claiming races with the top claiming race going on Thursday as a $25,000-$35,000 handicap with a purse of $18,000. Other claiming races will range from $7,500 to $17,500 for both gaits and sexes.

Monday (Nov. 5) is the date to enter horses nominated to the four rich Matron 2-year-old stakes to be raced on Thursday (Nov. 8). The Matron 3-year-old division entry day is Monday (Nov. 12) to be raced on Thursday (Nov. 15).

To supplement to a Matron event, a $20,000 fee is required for a 2-year-old and a $25,000 supplemental fee for 3-year-olds. Supplements are due and payable at time of declaration.

The Race Office is open on race days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone numbers are 302.857.3230 or 302.674.4600, ext. 3230. To fax, dial 302.741.8986.

Simulcasting of harness and Thoroughbred racing and full single sports wagering is available daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant by calling 302.674.4600.

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