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Executive Director: 
Vince Moscarelli - DCTP Admistrator
Address: 
777 Delaware Park Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19804
Phone: 
(302) 994-2521 x7284
Fax: 
(302) 994-3392
About Us: 

The Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program contributes to the long-term economic prosperity of Delaware agriculture and encourages the preservation of Delaware farmland by rewarding horsemen who board horses at Delaware farms or training centers for at least 90 days prior to March 31st of their two-year-old year, and subsequently race them at Delaware Park.  All Delaware-bred thoroughbreds are automatically included.

The one-time DCTP registration fee of $50 for weanlings and $100 for yearlings will entitle your horse to:

  • Preference when entered at Delaware Park (providing they meet condition eligibility)
  • 25% purse bonus for certifier for all first, second and third finishes up to $7,500 per horse per race.
  • 25% purse bonus for horse owner for all first, second and third finishes up to $7,500 per horse per race.
  • Enhanced value by making prospective owners and trainers aware by:
    • Distinct identification in Delaware Park’s racing programs
    • Delaware Certified designation in most sales catalog
    • Distintive Delaware Certified saddle towels with the DC logo
  • Eligible for four (4) DCTP restricted stake races with free nominations
    • $75,000 Small Wonder, two-year-old, five and one half furlongs
    • $75,000 The First State Dash, two-year-old, five and one half furlongs
    • $75,000 The Tax Free Shopping Distaff , 3 & up fillies & mares,
    • $75,000The New Castle, 3 & up, distance, date

Funding and Administering the Program

The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association contributes $500,000 per year to the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program  from the horsemen’s purse fund with matching funds from the State of Delaware ($250,000) and Delaware Park ($250,000).

The fund is administered by the DTHA. Bonuses are paid directly to the owner via their horsemen’s bookkeeper account.  The certifier is paid monthly.

Restricted Races: 

No restricted races yet, but there are restricted stakes for DCTP certified horses

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes

Owners Awards: 

25% of purse for 1st-5th any race during Delaware Park meet. Amount can be changed Annually

Breeders Awards: 

25% of purse for 1st-5th any race during Delaware Park meet. Amount can be changed Annually

Stallion Awards: 

N/A

Out of State Awards: 

N/A

Breed-Back Rule: 

N/A

Registration Fees: 

Nom Fee $50 for Weanlings, $100 for Yearlings