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.
Backstretch Boutique The Backstretch Boutique is located in the dayroom. Please check the schedule posted on the door for available days and hours. The boutique is filled with lightly used donations.
DHAF is a 2021 Thoroughbred Charities of America Grantee!
“The DHAF greatly appreciates the continuing support of the TCA.”
DHAF Board of Directors
Claudia DeMarco, President
Steve Bertrando, Vice President
James P Connor III, Treasurer
Cathy Denelsbeck, Secretary
Janet Ritchey, DTHA Representative
John Mooney, Delaware Park Representative