Delaware Park grass course dedicated to John Mooney *The Racing Biz

The seven-stadia grass course was dedicated to John E. Mooney, the former executive director of Racing, at Delaware Park today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place after the eighth race as part of the special twelve-race Owners’ Day card. The longtime race director officially retired on August 1, 2022.

“It’s such a great day and we’re so happy to have this opportunity to say thank you to John for everything he’s done for Delaware Park,” said Kevin DeLucia, Delaware Park’s Chief Financial Officer. “He gave so much of himself to this sport and this track, so we are honored to dedicate the grass course to him and his family.”

Mooney had been involved in racing in the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly 40 years. Shortly after William Rickman, Sr. purchased and reopened Delaware Park in 1984, Mooney was named general manager.

Mooney was instrumental in keeping Delaware Park competitive in the 1980s and early 1990s through his innovative approach to the sport, which included the introduction of the highly successful Twin Trifecta.

In the summer of 1993, he left Delaware Park to take a similar position at the Maryland Jockey Club and later led the campaign to establish races in Virginia leading Maryland/Virginia Racing, which was the group that organized the opening and operation of Bas Colonials.

Mooney returned to Delaware Park as executive director of Racing in the spring of 2008 at the request of William Rickman, Jr., where he remained.

John Mooney
Delaware Park today dedicated its grass course to longtime running executive John Mooney (center left, holding paper and wearing a brown blazer and tie). Photo courtesy of Delaware Park.

Mooney was born into the sport. His grandfather, JD Mooney won the 1924 Kentucky Derby aboard Black Gold and trained the 1962 Canadian Horse of the Year, Crafty Lace. His father, John J. Mooney was a prominent horse racing executive who served at many racetracks, including the Ontario Jockey Club, where he was instrumental in the development of the ‘new’ Woodbine racetrack in 1956. .

As a young man, John E. Mooney worked on the backstretch while attending school, then worked in several Racing Office roles before entering the racing services field of the industry working for United Totalizator and he later bought Jones Precision Photo before assuming management of the race tracks. posts.

Also during the day, Delaware Park Casino & Racing, Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA), Delaware Jockeys Health and Welfare Benefit Fund and Delaware Park Jockeys Association teamed up to donate $20,000 to the Fund. permanently disabled jockeys (PDJF).

During the live racing season, each jockey donates one dollar from each mount fee and the Delaware Park Casino & Racing, Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Delaware Jockeys Health and Welfare Benefit Fund each match the dollar.

Live races take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The 88-day encounter is set to conclude on Saturday, November 5 in the Breeders’ Cup.

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