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Increased: To 25 percent of purse earnings, Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program bonuses for owners and certifiers. The new figures go into effect at Delaware Park’s 2014 racing season . . . To $1.5 million, the purse of the 2014 Preakness Stakes-G1 at Pimlico Race Course. The race will be run Saturday, May 17 as the second leg of the Triple Crown.


Resigned: From his position as director of racing operations at Penn National, Dan Silver. He returns to the New York Racing Association to be director of television and interactive platforms.

Named: To the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Washington Post racing writer Andrew Beyer. He has written about racing for the Post since 1978 and is part of the 2013 class along with Kent Hollingsworth (former editor of The Blood-Horse) and George F.T. Ryall (who wrote for The New Yorker magazine as Audax Minor).

Retired: From his position as Audley Farm general manager, Dr. Jens von Lepel. Under his 16-year watch at Audley, the farm raised millionaires Bodemeister, Mandy’s Gold and was twice named Virginia Breeder of the Year.

Reached: 2,000 career wins as a trainer, Jamie Ness when Caylee’s Song won at Laurel Park Nov. 28.

Died: Two-time Delaware Handicap-G1 winner Nastique. She was 29. Nastique won Delaware Park’s signature race in 1988 and 1989. As a broodmare, she produced seven winners including Japanese Group 1 winner Nobo True (an earner of $5,854,142) and Grade 3 winner Thunder Kitten.


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