Horse racing in Delaware

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Delaware Park Racetrack

Delaware Park Racetrack

Delaware Park Racetrack is the only extant track for thoroughbred horse racing in the state of Delaware.

Opened back in 1937, Delaware Park (also known as DelPark) is located in Stanton, an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware. Delaware Park is close to the city Wilmington, and roughly 30 miles from Philadelphia.

In addition to horse racing, DelPark also features a golf course and a casino.

Short facts about the horse racing at Delaware Park

  • Races are run from May to October.
  • The two principal races are Delaware Oaks (G2) and Delaware Handicap (G2).
  • The main type of horse racing here is flat racing for Thoroughbreds, but Arabian flat races are also held here. DelPark is the only mid-Atlantic track to regularly card Arabian races.

Betting on horse races

Wagering on live and simulcast horse races is offered at the Sports Book at Delaware Park.

In addition to the local races, Delaware Park offers simulcasts of races that are taking place at other tracks, giving bettors a wider range of betting opportunities.

Thoroughbred racing

Small fields are relatively common occurrence at Delaware Park because the entries are drawn well in advance, and late scratches will thin out the starting field. Don’t be surprised if you see four-horse fields, or even three-horse fields when the weather is poor.

I DelPark part of a racing circuit?

No, Delaware Park is a standalone track that isn’t a part of any racing circuit.

Many of the horses that compete at Delaware Park during the summer spend the rest of the year in Florida or are sent up to New York when it’s off-season in Delaware.

Examples of notable annual races at the Delaware Park Racetrack

Grade I:arabian

  • Delaware Handicap

Grade II:

  • Delaware Oaks

Grade III:

  • Barbaro Stakes
  • Endine Stakes
  • Kent Stakes
  • Obeah Stakes

Casino

  • The casino house at DelPark has approximately 2,500 slot machines. Some of them are linked to multi-jurisdictional progressive jackpots.
  • Live table games have been available here since 2010 when the state law was changed. Examples of available games are Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud, and Pai Gow Poker.
  • Keno is offered at various locations throughout the casino.
  • There are many online casinos that cater to people in Delaware. You can compare US casinos here. Most online casinos offer better odds than the casino house at DelPark and all other regular casinos.

Sports Book

Betting on National Football League (NFL) games has been possible at DelPark since 2009 when the state law was changed to allow this kind of betting.

In 2018, the sports betting offering was expanded to single-game and parlay betting on all professional and college sports, except for Delaware college teams. This means that you can bet on sports such as basketball, baseball, football, soccers, hockey, boxing, MMA, golf, and more at DelPark.

Football games are televised at the Sports Book throughout the week, and in the Sports Bar on Sundays.

Golf

The Delaware Park is home to the White Clay Creek Country Club golf course. This is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course.

Background

William Francis DuPont, Jr (1896-1965) designed and built Delaware Park Racetrack in partnership with Donald Peabody Ross (1902-1973).

DuPont, a member of the prominent Delaware Du Pont family, was a businessman and banker who developed and designed more than 20 different horse racing venues.

Ross was a businessman, owner of the Brandywine Stable and steward of The Jockey Club.