Delaware handle down 7 percent in 2019 Jim Dunleavy, Daily Racing Form · October 9, 2019 at 9:08 pm Delaware Park raced the same number of dates this year as in 2018 but ran fewer races. The result was a 7 percent decline in all-sources handle at the 81-day meet. Delaware had difficulty filling its races this summer. The contributing factors were an earlier opening to the meet, no turf racing for the first few weeks, and several strangles positives in early July just prior to the track’s two biggest weekends, which are topped by the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks. Delaware opened May 4 this year compared to May 30 in 2018. The track had difficulty filling its all-dirt cards during that time span.