DHAF Services

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 when not covered by employer’s, employee’s insurance or workers’ compensation insurance.
Dental and eye care.
Alcohol, drug, gambling and family counseling referrals.

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”, movie nights,  a laundry and  Day room.

Backstretch Employee Assistance Program Individual and group substance abuse and family counseling sessions are available. Please call  for additional information at (302) 994-2521 ext. 7289

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

DHAF is a 2020 Thoroughbred Charities of America Grantee!


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

DHAF Board of Directors