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VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL ITINERARY AUGUST 11- 14

DUBLIN CITY TRIP THURSDAY AUGUST 11TH

COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL AT 10.30

ARRIVE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE PARNELL SQUARE 11AM

CARRIAGE TOUR BEGINS 11.30AM

LUNCH IN MILLSTONE RESTAURANT, DAME STREET 2.30PM

AFTER LUNCH FREE TIME TO CONTINUE SIGHTSEEING IN DUBLIN

COACH COLLECTION AT ASTON QUAY 6.30PM DEPART BACK FOR HILTON HOTEL

OAKWOOD STUD TRIP FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH

COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL 10.30AM

ARRIVE IN OAKWOOD,RHODE CO OFFALY APPROX 12AM

LUNCH IN RHODE 1.30PM

DEPART RHODE 3PM

ARRIVE BACK TO HILTON 4.30PM

WELCOME OF GUESTS & GALA DINNER IN HILTON HOTEL

DRINKS RECEPTION 6.30PM

SEATED FOR DINNER 7.30PM

CHARITY AUCTION, MUSIC & DANCING TILL LATE

SATURDAY PORTMARNOCK RACEWAY AUGUST 13TH

COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL FOR RACE TRACK 12 & 12.30PM

CLAYTON HOTEL FOR RACE TRACK 12.15PM

SPONSORS BBQ IN MARQUEE, FIRST RACE 2PM

EVENING RETURN BY COACH FOR CLAYTON & HILTON HOTEL 10.PM 11.PM & 12AM

SUNDAY PORTMARNOCK RACEWAY FINALS DAY & LADIES DAY AUGUST 14TH

COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL 10.30AM 11.15AM & 11.45AM

COACH DEPARTS CLAYTON 10.45AM

  • MEET n GREET, PHOTOSHOOT, AUTOGRAPHS,LIVE STREAMING BALLOTING OF RACES IN V.I.P.MARQUEE

FIRST RACE 1PM

  • DINNER WILL BE SERVED IN THE V.I.P.MARQUEE FROM 2.30PM
  • ENTERTAINMENT ,IRISH DANCING
  • ,CHILDRENS CORNER,CANDY CORNER
  • PRIZE WINNING COMPETITIONS FOR BEST DRESSED LADY ,BEST DRESSED COUPLE & MOST BEAUTIFUL HAT
  • ENTERTAINMENT IN THE BAR FROM 7PM
  • COACH LEAVES RACE TRACK FOR HILTON & CLAYTON HOTELS 10PM 11PM & 12AM
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VDM 2015 DOCUMENTARY. VDM 2015 DOCUMENTARY.
Exclusive Pre-race discussion of the Vincent Delaney memorial cup 2015. Exclusive Pre-race discussion of the Vincent Delaney memorial cup 2015.

PROGRAM OF ALL RACES FOR THE FORTHCOMING LADBROKES VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL WEEKEND 13/14 AUGUST

LADBROKES VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL 2 YR OLD COLTS / GELDINGS PURSE €16,000

DIAMOND CREEK FARM 2 YR OLD FILLYS DIVISION PURSE €16,000

OAKWOOD STUD 3 YR OLD DERBY PURSE €10,000

PAUL MURTAGH SNR 4 YR OLD MEMORIAL PURSE €6,000

LEE EDWARDS - PJI ENGINEERING JUNIOR F.F.A. (TOP 8 BELOW F.F.A.) PURSE €1,500

ROCKNROLL HEAVEN / PET ROCK IRISH - AMERICAN F.F.A. (TOP 8 HANDICAP) PURSE €5,000

ELVIN - DELANEY FRENCH F.F.A.TROT (DISTANCE 1 MILE) PURSE €4,500

SUBJECT TO ENTRY’S ‘MARES RACE’ (GRADE D/E/F) PURSE €1,000

FRENCH TROTS ALL GRADES

RACES FOR ALL OTHER GRADES (ENTRYS PERMITTING) AND WILL CARRY A PURSE OF €1,000 WITH CRYSTAL & ROSETTES

PLEASE TAKE NOTE ENTRYS WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

ONLINE ENTRYS TO: www.portmarnockraceway.ie

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Bellino and Bowden lead post parade to Ireland

After Hambletonian Week is over, a large number of owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, caretakers, journalists and race fans from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe will all be boarding planes and heading to of all places, IRELAND!

They will all be coming to Dublin as part of a new age Mecca of harness racing called the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.

But two very prominent owners and breeders in the industry, Joe Bellino, of Rocknroll Heaven, Pet Rock and Bellino Racing stardom and Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, Pure Country, Creatine and Divine Caroline fame are coming to Dublin for more than just a great vacation.

They are also sponsoring races that weekend at Portmarnock Raceway and are big time excited to feel the passion for harness racing that the Irish and UK horsemen and women have for the sport.

The reason that both of these men are not just coming over on holiday, but sponsoring races, came about because of their Facebook friendship with Derek Delaney, the chairman of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM).
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Sydney Weaver and family are heading to Ireland

Dublin, Ireland - Through the generous support and sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee in Ireland and SSG Gloves in Canada, Sydney Weaver and her parents, Lisa and Don, will be going to Ireland in early August for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend.

"We have invited Sydney to be our special guest speaker at our gala kickoff dinner Friday, August 12," said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM Committee. "I have been friends with her on Facebook and she is just wonderful. Her writing on harness racing and what she has achieved and done for our industry for a young woman is fantastic and she and her parents will be our honored guests at the races that weekend."

The VDM weekend is the biggest harness racing weekend in all of Ireland and the UK. The VDM is named after Derek and James Delaney's younger brother Vincent, who worked with the horses at their Oakwood Stud training and breeding center. Vincent tragically died of a massive heart attack in 2011 at the age of 27 and the brothers came up with the VDM weekend as a tribute to their lost brother.

The race weekend now features elimination races Saturday, August 13 for the VDM, which is for two-year-old pacers. A record number have entered and with the sponsorship support of Diamond Creek Farm and Adam Bowden, for the first time there will be a separate filly division too.
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Dexter Dunn returning to drive in UK & Ireland

World champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn has confirmed that he will be coming to drive in Wales, UK for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 at Tir Prince and to return to the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland August 13 and 14.

Dunn, the reigning World Champion driver from New Zealand, took Ireland by storm last year and now is setting his sights on the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland at Tir Prince.

"When Derek Delaney contacted me about coming back this summer to Ireland and if I was interested in also including the Breeders Crown in Wales, Dunn said, "It fit in good with my racing calendar and there wasn't much hesitation in saying yes!"

David Wilson, chairman of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland that will take place at Tir Prince in Wales, August 2, was ecstatic when he heard the Dexter Dunn was coming.

"This is the tenth anniversary of the BC and what fantastic news to have," Wilson beamed, "Dexter Dunn showed everyone at Portmarnock last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I am sure his services on Breeders Crown Day will be much in demand from trainers and owners alike.
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Aaron Merriman coming to Ireland in August

Dublin, Ireland - The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to announce today that North America's leading dash winning driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, is committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend, August 13 and 14, 2016.

"I was shocked when I got the invite," Merriman said. "I have read about the race, knew that George Brennan went last year and had a great time and now I am getting to come over this year, what a great honor this is."

The 37-year-old Ohio native is coming off a career-best harness racing season in 2015, capturing his first North American driving title and earning a personal-high $7.40 million in purses. His 873 victories last year were the most for a dash-winning champion since Tony Morgan's 959 triumphs in 2008.

Merriman is one of only three drivers --- joining Morgan and Tim Tetrick --- to win at least 800 races in back to back years. In 2014, Merriman won 841 times, but finished six victories behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the No. 1 spot. Over the past 10 years, Merriman has won an average of 618 races per season.
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"Our committee board was ecstatic that Aaron agreed without even flinching to come over for the VDM this year." Said Derek Delaney, who along with his brother James, developed the Vincent Delaney Memorial in honor of their younger brother who tragically passed away in 2011.

"Aaron is a world-class driver," Delaney added, "And we are sure to show him a great time here both on and off the track. He will be sure to have some good drives at Portmarnock Raceway both on Saturday and Sunday."

The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers with elimination divisions on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. For the first time this season there will be a separate filly division, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm in the USA.

Also on the program that weekend is the Oakwood Stud Derby, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, The RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Bellino Stable plus other big stakes events.

When it comes to his heritage, Aaron says he will fit in just fine.

"My father's family is British and my mother is Swedish and Irish," Aaron said. "I think I will fit in perfectly.

"I'm VERY eager to experience another continent with harness racing," Aaron said. "I've never left North America before. I've checked out some of the history of this race and have read about the great enthusiasm and real love for our sport that they have and it is so heartwarming.

"Harness racing is definitely a sport where people are joined together all around the world," Aaron said. "To be offered this opportunity to represent America and show my patronage to Ireland and the UK horsemen and fans is once in a lifetime and I was not going to pass it by. I'll thoroughly embrace my days there."

Merriman is already on a roll in 2016. He has a commanding lead in the driving standings in North America with 214 wins, 54 ahead of his nearest rival, Jason Bartlett. And Merriman has $1.5 million in purses won already with a Universal Driving Rating at an impressive .356, second only to Bartlett.

"Missing a week of racing back home is nothing compared to the adventure that awaits me in Ireland," Aaron said. "I can't wait for the second week of August to come. And I will not be homesick because Roger Huston will be there calling the races!"

For more information visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com.

By Steve Wolf.

Looney Family heading to Ireland in August

Dublin, Ireland - They may only be a little crazy by name, but the Looney Family from Delaware, USA, Jo Ann Looney-King, Susan Looney and Heather Looney Vitale, are all set to invade Ireland come this August for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway.

The baby of the Looney family, Heather, has spearheaded this adventure and in her third straight year of going to Ireland for the Vincent Delaney (August 13th and 14th), is bringing her mom and her sister to share the adventure.

"When I tell people how incredible the Delaney Memorial weekend is," explained Heather Vitale, "I just have a hard time explaining it. I tell everyone about how much fun the atmosphere is and how friendly and enthusiastic the Irish are, but words don't give it justice.

"You have to be there to really be able to understand how truly special it is!" Vitale said, "I talked about the weekend so much and how much fun it was and my mom and sister knew they had to experience it for themselves."
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Inner City Helping Homeless is charity for VDM

James and Derek Delaney, the owners of Oakwood Stud and the founders of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Series, the richest harness horse race in all of Ireland and the UK, announced today that this year's charity for the race weekend, August 12th, 13th and 14th, will be Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) of Dublin, Ireland.

The ICHH was formed in November 2013 to combat the ever growing homeless crisis that was clearly evident across the city of Dublin.

The organization, which is comprised 100% of all volunteers, operates a seven-day outreach service across the city, coinciding with their mobile outreach unit. ICHH’s outreach support service operates nightly providing access to beds, sleeping bags, food or case management referrals. ICHH works a 16-hour mobile outreach service, responding to rough sleeper reports within 15 minutes of getting a call. The service also operates seven days a week.

The website is at http://www.innercityhelpinghomeless.ie/.,

"The homeless situation is a major crisis in Ireland right now," said Derek Delaney, head of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee, "and we thought it be grand to give something to the less fortunate. We take things for granted and when you see the problem on the streets it breaks your heart. It could be any one of us and it's not only down and out drunks that's homeless, it's a real problem as today's housing problems seems to be a real factor in family's ending up on the street.

"We believe there are as many as 10,000 family's waiting to be housed in temporary accommodation, hotels, hostels etc," Delaney added, "My wife Lillian's friend Bernie Kelly is a volunteer for ICHH and she always helps out with shoeboxes full of sanitary and toiletries items, food, clothing and such. So it was an easy charity to our committee to choose this year.
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