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FreeLegged
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« on: July 31, 2007, 09:37:18 AM »

oldest lighted harness track in america just re-opened.
this link shows some promotions they are doing. at least they appear to be trying.
of course, I believe they are now owned or at least run by western NY OTB

http://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/BataviaDowns/RacingInformation/
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 09:47:05 AM »

oldest lighted harness track in america just re-opened.
this link shows some promotions they are doing. at least they appear to be trying.
of course, I believe they are now owned or at least run by western NY OTB

http://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/BataviaDowns/RacingInformation/

Your posting relative to Batavia Downs reminded me that this past week at the Delaware State Fair, on Governor's Day (one of the biggest days in DE racing for 2 & 3 YOs, a special race - the Delbert Manges Memorial Race - was held in honor of Del Manges, a resident of Harrington, DE, who raced for many years in upstate NY at Batavia and Buffalo. I'm sure you're very familiar with the late Mr. Manges. Del Manges and Delbert Richards were two DE horsemen, who, almost exclusively, raced in NY most of their careers, Richards at Vernon Downs.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 09:54:17 AM »

Del Richards was a Vernon regular for many years, did very well throughout the 70's and 80's. Vernon had a very unique track back then, horses would race 1/4 mile straightaway (chute they called it) then go once around a 3/4 mile track.
    Glad to see Batavia Downs is attempting to draw fans to their track, hopefully they do very well.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007, 09:54:26 AM »

yes Del Manges drove in western NY and his sons Larry and Brian also drove.
Red and white colors with a big "M" on the back, I believe.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007, 10:15:23 AM »

yes Del Manges drove in western NY and his sons Larry and Brian also drove.
Red and white colors with a big "M" on the back, I believe.

Del Manges had five sons and you are right Brian and Larry were active, some years ago, as driver/trainers. At present, last I know, one of the sons (Dean) is a H.S. teacher in NC, Randy is the GM of the KY Standardbred Sales Co., Gene is a caretaker at Buffalo Raceway, Larry is retired from racing in Wilmington, DE, and Brian is the DE state official horse identifier.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007, 10:34:55 AM »

Saved from the USTA Newsroom

Del Manges, 79, western New York Hall of Famer, dies
   
  July 30, 1999
-- by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs
Dover, DE --- Del Manges, one of the top trainer-drivers on the Buffalo-Batavia Downs circuit around for more than a quarter century, passed away from an aneurysm July 28. Manges, a resident of Harrington, Del. for the last 49 years, was voted into the Western New York Hall of Fame in the 1980s. Since 1978, Manges has remained in Delaware racing his horses at harness tracks in the the Mid-Atlantic region.

Horsemen at Governor’s Day races at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday, July 29 paid tribute to Manges before the first race led by Delaware Harness Racing Commission member Terry Johnson.

Born in Hutchinson, Kan. in 1920, he began his standardbred while in his teens moving eastward working in Ft. Wayne, Ind., North West Ohio and settled in upstate New York where during the 1960s and ‘70s, he became one of the leading horsemen of his era and the "catch driver of choice," when top stables shipped horses for stakes and top class events. He frequently drove Armstrong Bros. juveniles for Joe O’Brien and for John Simpson of Hanover Shoe Farm, when they required a catch driver. Among a goodly number of stakes wins, he best remembered driving pacer Meadow Mickey for Joe O’Brien, and Parula, for Stanley Dancer, to important victories.

Manges drove his last winner, a trotter Count Every Star, at Brandywine Raceway in 1988. He completed the driving phase of his career with 1,462 wins. At one time, Manges was the 8th leading dash-winning driver in the sport. For the last 11 years, he continued to train a modest stable.

Royal Deluxe, a top campaigner in the 1950s was his favorite horse from his stable. Other top pacers included hardhitting Andios, Avalon Jr., Lieutenant Frisco, Brother Herman. In 1964, he drove Rainwater in the 1964 Hambletonian.

In 1978, Manges, who previously Wintered in Harrington, moved his stable to Delaware year around, developed a number of quality performers on the Delaware Valley circuit including Ad Hoc, World Cup, Stargell Lobell, Marvin’s Garden, Black Douglas and World Exclusive, among them.

Over the years a number of noteable horsemen served apprenticeships under Manges. Among them: Ken McNutt, Jack Boring, Lester Hopkins in New York and Reig Outten, Jim Webb, John Moffett and Ron Teague from the Harrington area.

Current Harrington leading trainer Chuck Crissman, who started as a caretaker while still in his teens, upon hearing of Manges’ passing, donated his training share of purses won during Governor’s Cup day racing at the Delaware State Fair on July 29, to Manges’ wife, Dorothy.

All five of Manges’ sons have been involved in harness racing. Dean, his eldest groomed horses during high school and college. He now is a high school assistant principal in North Carolina. Sons, Randy, is general manager of the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Co., Brian, a former trainer-driver is an associate race starter at Dover Downs and Harrington while Gene, is a caretaker currently at Buffalo Raceway. Another son Larry, who lives in Wilmington, was a highly regarded trainer-driver during the 1980s before retiring from the sport.

Manges is also survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy, at home in Harrington and a daughter, Midge, in Ohio, as well as 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Price Funeral Home in Harrington, Del. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 2.
 
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007, 10:43:19 AM »

Only have two images of Del, neither is great quality.

From the May 25, 1955 Harness Horse and Buffalo Raceway.
Text read:
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John E. Rooney presents trophy to Del Manges driver of Meadow Lib, winner of the $1.000 B Pace on Wednesday's card at Hamburg.

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