From a Delaware Park release

Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) have signed a one-year extension to their current agreement, which ran through 2015, ensuring 81 days of exciting live racing at Delaware Park annually through 2016.

“I am pleased and excited to announce this agreement, which will take us through our 79th year of racing,” said John Mooney, Executive Director of Racing at Delaware Park.  “The stability and certainty this extension provides will help us attract additional horsemen to Delaware and will make a racing circuit in the mid-Atlantic more viable.”

“It is important for our horsemen to know we have a contract in place, the stable area will be open and we will race 81 days,” said Michael Gorham, President of the DTHA.  “Thoroughbred horse racing makes a significant contribution to the local economy and we are working hard to ensure that it continues.”

The agreement was reached just a few days before Delaware Park’s premier racing event, the 77th renewal of the Grade I Delaware Handicap, which will be held this Saturday, July 12.