About DHAF

Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund (DHAF)

Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund (DHAF) The Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund provides aid and assistance to grooms, hotwalkers, exercise riders, trainers, and other backstretch licensees in racing. Assistance, subject to pre-approval and guidelines, can be provided on a routine basis and includes, but is not limited to the following:

Medical services when referred by our Wellness Clinic and not covered by employer’s, employee’s insurance or workers’ compensation insurance.
Dental  and eye care.

Applications are available in the DHAF Office and must be approved before treatment is received.

For more information regarding the DHAF and it’s services, please contact Lynda Furlong, DHAF program manager, at (302) 994-2521 ext. 7289

Wellness Clinic The Backstretch Wellness Clinic is open to all currently licensed Delaware Park horsemen, their employees and dependents. The clinic provides prescriptions,  diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. It also offers a preventive program of immunizations, screenings and various health education and wellness services.

Backstretch Social Services A variety of services are provided to backstretch employees, including our “Backstretch Boutique”,  laundry and  Day room.

Counseling Services Our bilingual counselor Nan Bernardo-Freeman, LPCMH, NCC is available by appointment for a variety of employee counseling needs including traumatic stress and substance abuse. For an appointment please call  302-307-6130

Chapel Services Christian fellowship and worship services in English  are held weekly.

DHAF is a 2021 Thoroughbred Charities of America Grantee!


2021 Grantee TCA


“The DHAF greatly appreciates the continuing support of the TCA.”

DHAF Board of Directors