Delaware Park receives approval for revised racing schedule in 2022

By: Tom LaMarra

Posted: Jan. 18, 2022

The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Jan. 18 approved a new-look racing schedule in 2022 for Delaware Park, which will race 88 programs from May 25-Nov. 5.

Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Delaware Park, said the racing association has an agreement with the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association on the number of days and the revised calendar. The track will race mostly four days a week on a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule, with select Fridays dark when the track races three days a week.

Delaware Park in recent years has raced Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In 2021, Delaware Park raced 77 days and concluded the meet Oct. 30. According to the DTRC annual report for last year, purses paid totaled $17.57 million. Total pari-mutuel handle on the live product was roughly $118 million, and export handle of $114 million was the highest in at least four years.

A 2022 business plan for the track, which late last year was sold to Clairvest Group Inc. and Rubico Gaming LLC, includes an investment of $60,000 in a new inner rail for the turf course and a commitment to help fund at the very least a renovation of the DTRC licensing office located just outside the stable gate adjacent the DTHA office.

In other business, DTHA Executive Director Bessie Gruwell said the number of applications for the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program at the conclusion of 2021 was 366, a number expected to grow to perhaps 375 pending outstanding applications. The number is up 35-40 from the final 2020 number, she said.

“The program is still going strong,” Gruwell said.

The DCTP awards purse bonuses in overnight races as well as some Certified-restricted or “waiver” maiden events. Last year four new Certified-restricted stakes were added for a total of eight during the racing season. Gruwell said two more Certified stakes, both for 3-year-olds, will be added in June 2022 for a total of 10.