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Frequently Asked Questions



85 live racing days were approved for 2019 in addition to 363 simulcasting days. For specific race track information can be obtained by going to the following web link: www.delawarepark.com/racing/

The 2019 Live Racing Dates are May 4th to October 5th. Please note that simulcasting is conducted 7 days a week with the exception of Easter and Christmas.

Printed copies of rules are available, but the most up-to-date version of the DTRC rules and regulations can be reviewed on-line at: regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title3/1000/index.shtml#TopOfPage

There are three Stewards in the stand during the running of the races. Two of the Stewards actually watch the race live from the viewing stand
high above the grandstand with binoculars. The third Steward views the running of the race via video feed from the track’s film/video patrol service. Following the race, the Stewards may review the films of the race from several different angles so that they can see infractions that may occur. In cases where a foul is detected, they may change the order of finish accordingly. The Commission also employs a Safety Steward who monitors horse health and safety issues pertaining to racing participants.

All Stewards daily reports can be accessed on line: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/thoroughbred-racing-commission/stewards-reports/

Administrative Rulings which are the result of disciplinary hearings or procedures can be accessed at: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/thoroughbred-racing-commission/dtrc-stewards-rulings/

The Stewards maintain office hours on live racing days and can be reached at: (302) 994-2521 extension(s): 7244, 7245, or 7246. All calls to the Stewards should be made during the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. The Stewards Secretary, can be reached at (302) 994-2521 ext 7247.

The Commission does not tolerate or condone cruelty to animals and reports of such offenses are quickly investigated.

All complaints or tips can be directed to John F. Wayne, Executive Director at (302) 994-2521 extension 8970 or via e-mail at: john.wayne@delaware.gov

Any violations detected should be reported to John F. Wayne, Executive Director at (302) 994-2521 extension 8970 or via e-mail at: john.wayne@delaware.gov

All calls and/or e-mails will be handled discreetly.

Licensing is an easy process. You have several options, which are available.

  • Delaware is a member of the National Racing Compact which is a governmental entity unto its own. Interested parties can access the web site of the National Racing Compact or via phone, toll-free at (877)-457-2538.
  • You can also apply via the multi-jurisdictional license application at the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Their contact number is (859)-224-7070.
  • Finally, you can come to the licensing office in person at Delaware Park and apply. The licensing office at Delaware Park located off of the Stanton Route 4 entrance. The (actual) office building is adjacent to the Horsemen’s Office and Stable gate. The contact number for the licensing office is:
    (302) 994-2521 extension 7138, 7258 or 7104.
The Commission meets at least once per month during live racing. In cases where they may be a heavy agenda of appeals, then additional meetings can be scheduled. The Commission is required to publicly post meeting notices and agendas 7 days prior to each meeting. A schedule of meetings and specific agendas can be accessed at: https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Search?AgencyID=51
The Board was established to govern and monitor the health and welfare benefits available to participating Delaware Jockeys under the provisions of Senate Bill 338 signed into law in June, 2004. The Board meets periodically to discuss health care issues for eligible riders. All meetings are posted in accordance with the public meeting law and can be accessed in the same manner regular Commission meetings are posted.
The mailing address for the Commission, Administration, Investigations and Inspections, Licensing and Veterinarian Services is:
Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission
Delaware Park Race Track, Slots and Golf
777 Delaware Park Boulevard
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
Business Phone: (302) 994-2521
ext. 8970 – Executive Director, John F. Wayne
ext. 7148 – Administrative Specialist, Molly M. Church
ext. 7135/ext. 7314 – Inspector, Sarah A. Crane
ext. 7138 – License Inspector, Heather Gregorek
DURING LIVE RACING
Business Phone: (302) 994-2521
ext. 7245 – Chief State Steward, Fritz L. Burkhardt
ext. 7244 – State Steward, Cynthia L. Smith
ext. 7319 – Safety Steward, Vacant
ext. 7247 –  Steward’s Secretary, Diane Ness
ext. 7474 – Chief Commission Veterinarian, Susan J. Botts
ext. 7474 – Associate Comm. Veterinarian, Robert Calley
ext. 7474 – Associate Comm. Veterinarian, Virginia K. Gillam

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