Dover Downs Raceway Raceway

Dover Downs Raceway is a harness racing track located within the city limits of Dover, Delaware, on the east side of Route 13 (Du Pont Highway). The harness racing events are actually held on the infield of the Dover International Speedway, a one-mile concrete, banked oval track that NASCAR fans have nicknamed "The Monster Mile".

Dover Downs Raceway has hosted harness racing events since its inception in 1969. Live harness races are simulcast to tracks and other off-track betting (OTB) locations across North America on each of the company's more than 140 live race dates. The track is adjacent to its company's casino and hotel and conference center.

A typical harness racing season at Dover Downs Raceway begins in November and ends in April. Post times are usually 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.

The Progress Pace is Dover Downs Raceway' signature event. It began in 1996 and during its first seven races, most of the top sophomore pacers in the sport have participated. Aside from the Progress Pace, other stakes events regularly held at Dover Downs Raceway Harness Racing include the Matron Series, the Classic Series and the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF).

Dover Downs Raceway Facts

  • Track Opened: November 10, 1969
  • Speed Rating: 1:594
  • Length of Homestretch: 500 feet
  • Width of Homestretch: 60 feet
  • Starters Behind the Gate: 8
  • "Open" Stretch: Yes
  • Lighted at night: Yes
  • General Admission: Free
  • Clubhouse Admission: Free
  • General Parking: Free
  • Grandstand Capacity: 4,200
  • Clubhouse Capacity: 400
  • Parking Capacity: 12,000
  • Record Handle: $1,227,207 - January 30, 2001
  • Record Attendance: 5,971 - February 4, 1973

History of Dover Downs Raceway

1969 - Dover Downs Raceway racetrack opened on November 10.

1995 - Slots were introduced at Dover Downs Raceway.

2002 - The auto racing segment of the business was spun off and became Dover Motorsports, Inc. The "Dover Downs Raceway" name, however, was retained by the harness racing company. Together, the harness track, the hotel and the casino gaming business formed the core of Dover Downs Raceway Harness Racing Gaming and Entertainment, Inc.

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