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Horse Racing Season is Here!

May 1, 2013

The horse racing season is here! May is the best time of year for those who enjoy Hunt and Steeplechase racing.

Three events are just around the corner.

Winterthur Point to PointThe Winterthur Point to Point is the first up on Sunday May 5. This is their 35th Anniversary and a great chance to celebrate both the great racing traditions and Cinco de Mayo. The gates open at 10:30 with racing beginning at 2:00. Be sure to enjoy the pony races and Parade of Antique Carriages before the races.

Willowdale SteeplechaseThe following weekend on Sunday May 12, The Willowdale Steeplechase will be held just outside Kennett Square. Continuing this Mother’s Day tradition, the Jack Russell Terrier Races begin at 11:00 with the Pony Races following at 12:15. The post time for the first horse race is 1:30.

Radnor HuntFinally on Saturday May 18, the Radnor Hunt Races will be held. The grounds open at 9:00 and the races begin at 1:30. All proceeds benefit the Brandywine Conservancy.

Be sure to take some time this year to enjoy these classic local traditions. They are a great opportunity to enjoy the spring with your friends and family and support our local organizations.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808


Happy Mother’s Day 2012

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day to All!

It looks like a great day to relax, visit Mom, and enjoy the weather.

2012 Willowdale SteeplechaseIf you are still looking for something different to do – try the Willowdale Steeplchase. Located at the intersection of Rt82 and Route 926, the Willowdale Steeplechase is celebrating its 20th year. Gates open at 10:00 with the first races schedule for 1:30. In additon to the races, there will be plenty of other events, vendors, and friends to spend a relaxing day in the country. Since it’s founding it has raised over $250,000 for local charities and has become a great Mother’s Day tradition.

Get out, take some time, and enjoy more of what this great area has to offer!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808  

Local Finds: Spring Horse Racing in DE, PA, and MD

April 28, 2009

Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware have a long deep history of horse racing.  The area has always had hunt clubs, steeple chase races, and track racing and we are now in the middle of the spring rush.

Delaware Park Starting GateDelaware Park in New Castle county began their 72nd Thoroughbred Racing Season last Saturday on April 25th.  The facility is open 24 hours per day for its slots gambling, but it also generally holds live racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday through October and adds Sunday racing during June and July.  Founded in 1937, it is a great classic racing track and has a long and varied racing history.

In Chester PA, Harrahs Chester Casino is in its third Harness Racing Season.  Harrahs is also a full service casino with live racing generally held on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Harrahs Harness Racing Chester PAThursday through November and on Fridays from late May through November.  This is a brand new facility built on the former Sun Shipyard property right along the riverfront in Chester and is a cornerstone of the new development revitalizing the city.

Steeplechase racing also is continuing in full swing.  Their series actually started in February, but in the next month there will be four local events.  The Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase races are being held on Sunday May 3 at the Winterthur Estate north of Greenville Delaware.  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  The 18th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase follows on Sunday May 10 just outside Kennett Square at the corners of Routes 82 and 926 benefitting Quest and the New Bolton Center.

Horse Racing OfficialThen on May 16th, there is the 79th running of the Radnor Hunt Races benefitting the Brandywine Conservancy.  All passes must be purchased by May 8th.  Finally on Saturday May 23, Fairhill will be holding the 75th running of the Fairhill Races just across the border in Cecil County Maryland.  All  the proceeds from this event benefit the Union Hospital

It’s going to be another great year for racing and an excellent opportunity to take some time off and enjoy more that the region has to offer.

Should you have any additional notes or questions, please feel free to call me anytime.