Monique Delk has been hired by St. Elias Stables to the newly created position of Executive Director of Racehorse Development, where she will be responsible for, among other things, identifying yearlings and horses of racing age for purchase and monitoring and advising on their development and race plans.
Delk previously worked with the late Jimmy Crupi at Crupi's New Castle Farm for 10 years. Crupi was a long-time, trusted advisor for St. Elias Stables and Delk worked closely with Vinnie Viola's operation during that time. Delk received her trainer's license in 1987.
“After working closely with the Violas for a number of years while working with JJ Crupi,” Delk said. “I am honored and excited to be joining the St. Elias Stables team and utilizing the skills that Crupi taught me and look forward to working with the entire team and their exciting stable of racehorses. I worked closely with them at the recently completed September sales, and it feels like we picked up right where we previously left off.”
“Since Jimmy Crupi's passing, there has been a huge hole in our team and, while no one can replace Jimmy, after working with Monique at the recent sales, it became clear to Teresa and me that we had the perfect candidate to join our team right in front of us,” Viola said. “Monique learned from the best in Jimmy and will really help advance and improve our stable. We are extremely fortunate to land such a talented horsewoman.”