The Dover Downs Race & Sports Book

is open 7 Days a week for

Harness & Thoroughbred Simulcasting Action.

  Sunday - Thursday 11 AM to 11 PM
   Friday & Saturday 11 AM to 1 AM


Check out the  DSOA's YouTube Channel

featuring the award-winning

Post Time Show with Heather Vitale!
Click on the picture of Heather below

to watch lots of great features

starring your favorite Delmarva horses and horse people.  Subscribe to the YouTube channel and you'll be updated when new videos are posted.


Please click on the image

on the right to download

a membership application for the DSOA.



For those racing & entering paddock, please read the following....“Horsemen MUST bring their own water to the paddock if they want drinking water. Harrington Raceway is unable to have water coolers in the paddock, or even water bottles in ice tubs because of the potential liability for COVID-19 transmission. Both water coolers and bottles become “touch” points that requires that they be constantly sanitized, which is impractical. Hopefully this will not go on very long and water will be available in the paddock sometime in the future”.




The results for the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association 2021 Board of Directors election in the owners category is as follows;

Incumbent D.S.O.A. Director, Ross Wolfenden was reelected to a new three year term.

The Board wishes to thank Jane Ramsey for campaigning and running for the Board of Directors.​

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is a non-profit organization that helps protect & promote harness racing in the First State! The DSOA works with management at local racetracks to make sure the needs of the horsemen and horsewomen are met.

The group also lobbies for the best legislation, that will benefit our great Standardbred industry.



The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), in agreement with Delaware officials and public health authorities, has included food and agriculture workers in Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccine priority, with an overflow into Phase 1C. Delaware's proposed Phase 1B will focus on high-risk essential critical infrastructure workers and those with a high-risk burden of COVID-19 disease. DPH is encouraging residents who are 65 or older to reach out to their primary care provider to see if they are a COVID Vaccination partner. If they are not, there will be other avenues for individuals in this category to get vaccinated.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) expects that Phase 1B will begin towards the end of January/beginning of February using a phased approach. While DPH is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, both DPH and the federal government are not mandating that people get vaccinated for COVID-19. Receiving the vaccine requires a minimum 15-minute observation period after vaccination. Depending on the vaccine administered (Pfizer or Moderna), each person vaccinated will need to return to the site in 21 or 28 days to receive their second immunization.

Currently, the vaccine is not being administered to people under the age of 18. If you do not get the vaccine during this time frame, you will likely not get it until a later phase, most likely during the summer.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is attempting to get a sense of how many Delaware horsemen are interested in getting the COVID vaccine. We would appreciate it if you could please share this survey link ( with your organization's members to understand better how many people will need to be vaccinated. In order to do the survey, you can press on the DE Department of Agriculture logo below and it will take you to the survey.






Pleasant was one of the most wonderful people the sport has ever known. No words can express what he meant to this business and the people in it. Our sincere condolences to his family. We are so blessed to have had him as part of Delaware harness racing.
Pleasant Batson, Jr., 84, of Greenwood, DE passed away and into the presence of his Savior on September 1, 2020 with family by his side.
He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on June 17, 1936 and after graduating from high school began a 65 year career owning, training, and driving Standardbred harness horses and running Batson’s Harness Shop which he opened in 1958.
It is believed to be the longest solely owned continuously operating harness shop in the country. He offered horse equipment, supplies, and for many years specialized in making custom leather handstitched items for harness and show horses. He also used his leather working abilities to help people with hard to fit prosthetic limbs with his most notable client being Baseball Hall of Famer, Bill Veeck, for whom he designed a custom strap to hold his wooden peg in place.
People always remarked that he was aptly named “Pleasant” because of his kind and likeable way. He had a quick smile and was good at telling funny stories. When he received the 2019 Special Appreciation Award from the Delaware Standardbred Owners Assoc. (DSOA) in January this year, the emcee summed it up perfectly by introducing him as an “all around wonderful and much loved friend in the harness racing industry.” He was a long-time member of the DSOA and prior to his illness faithfully attended church where he served as the front door greeter.
He was predeceased by his parents, Eloise and Pleasant Batson, Sr.; three sisters, Frances Newton, Jeannie Horne, and Joann Murphy; and his wife of 53 years, Dolores M. Batson. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy J. Batson; a daughter Rebecca B. Kidner (C. Scott Kidner); three grandsons, Jack, Jeffrey and Grant Kidner; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A viewing will be held Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. at Andrews Mortuary – Valley Chapel with a graveside service immediately following at Oleander Memorial Gardens, both in Wilmington, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the horse rescue and adoption non-profit, Horse Lovers United, Inc., P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, MD 21802. For online condolences visit:

The portal IS NOW OPEN for the second round of Delaware Relief Grant applications.




Murphy's Race/Sports Book & Grill located

at Harrington Raceway and is open 7 days a Week

for Harness & Thoroughbred Simulcasting Action.
           Monday - Friday   11 AM to 12 AM
     Saturday & Sunday   10 AM to 12 AM


Please take a look at the following information.

It may be something you're interested in pursuing.

Administered by Delaware Small Business Administration.

$100M in funds available. 
Business/nonprofit eligibility criteria:
Meet the US Small Business Administration definition of a small business
51% of operations must be physically located in DE
If business/nonprofit received grant or loans from the STATE (i.e. HELP), the entitiy is still eligible for the grant.
NOT eligible If business/nonprofit received a PPP funding of $1M or more.
Industries that have been designated as having been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will have priority.
The following industries are designated as disproportionately impacted (must match the first 2 digits or four digits of 2019 tax return NAICS code):

o   44 (Retail Trade)
o   45 (Retail Trade)
o   6116 (Private Instruction)
o   6244 (Child Care Services)
o   71 (Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation) Harness Racing Spectator Sport: 711219
o   72 (Food Services & Drinking Places)
o   8121 (Personal Care Services)
o   8129 (Other Personal Services)
Grant can be used for the following qualifying expenses:
Equipment purchased to make business suitable for COVID-19 safety (PPE, plexiglass, air purifiers, etc).
Refinancing of debt incurred due to COVID-19 (including state of Delaware HELP loans).
Technological enhancements undertaken in order to adapt business model for COVID-19 (i.e. developing a mobile app to do business with customers who might not otherwise be able to do business in person). Can have been already incurred or yet to be incurred.  Expenses not yet incurred must show direct relationship to COVID-19)
Advertising efforts undertaken as a result of COVID-19.
Fixed expenses the applicant accrued during COVID-19

This includes fixed occupancy expenses:  mortgage w/interest – regardless if the rent/mortgage payment was prorated or waived.  The months prorated or waived qualify as an expense.
If the business is operated in the owner’s home, the rent/mortgage expense does not qualify.
A business/nonprofit can receive up to $100,000. 
Revenue determines the max amount; revenue = gross receipts.
All grants must be closed in 2021.  Businesses must submit proof of all expenditures and their 2020 Federal Tax Return to shows at least a 7.5% revenue (gross receipts) decrease relative to 2019. 
If the 7.5% decrease was not met, the grant will have to be repaid.