Delaware Park Paddock

Horses parade in the paddock before the first race at Delaware Park on July 9, 2018.

After a one year shift to start near the Kentucky Derby, Delaware Park will make its second latest start in track history this spring.

Delaware Park will open on Wednesday, May 27, 23 days later than 2019's Kentucky Derby Day debut on May 4.

Once again, the track will primarily run on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, with Thursday cards being booked from June 18 to October 8.

If all the dates are run, the 85-day meet would be four days longer than 2019.

Delaware Park's two biggest races also have been slightly shifted, going one week earlier on the calendar this year. The Grade III Delaware Oaks will go on July 4, with the Grade II Delaware Handicap running on July 11. The DelCap ran on the 18th the last two times it was on a Saturday (2015, 2004).

The Delaware Handicap faces competition from Saratoga (New York's) major meet plus other Mid-Atlantic tracks, and the extra week could give horses the opportunity to train up to the Grade I Personal Ensign which is typically run on the last Saturday of August.

Delaware Park's 83rd meet is scheduled to run until Saturday, October 31, one week before the Breeders Cup will be held at Keeneland (Kentucky).