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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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MWG
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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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FreeLegged
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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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