Delaware Park Seeks June 17 Opening, Reduced Meet Of 65 Days

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the dates for the upcoming 83rd season of live racing have been revised at Delaware Park.

Opening Day has been pushed back three weeks to Wednesday, June 17, and the meet will now conclude on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The 65-day meet, reduced by 20 days, is subject to approval by Gov. John Carney for racing to commence, with or without fans, and the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission (DTRC) for the revised schedule

Live racing will be conducted three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Thursdays will be added July 16th and continue through Oct. 1.  First race daily post time is set for 1:15 p.m.  The Grade 2 Delaware Handicap is still scheduled for Saturday, July 11, and the G3 Delaware Oaks is scheduled for Saturday, July 4.

Racing will be conducted with enhanced safety protocols compiled from recommendations by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Delaware state health officials, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).  These increased safety protocols include, but are not limited to:

• Temperature checks and health screening questionnaires at the facility and stable area;
• Strict social distancing requirements;
• Required use of Personal Protective Equipment (facial coverings and gloves);
• Frequent disinfecting of all areas with EPA registered and CDC approved cleaning solutions effective against the COVID-19 virus.

The Delaware Park stable area is currently open with 240 horses in training.

Trainers must contact the Racing Office before shipping.  Stall applications are available at www.delawarepark.com.

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