The Delaware Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid July at Delaware Park Racetrack in Wilmington, Delaware. The Grade 2 race is open to fillies and mares, age three and up, willing to race one and one-quarter miles on the dirt.
|Grade 2 race|
|Location||Delaware Park Racetrack|
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Distance||10 Furlongs (1 1⁄4 miles)|
|Qualification||Fillies, Three-years-old and up|
The race was inaugurated as the New Castle Handicap as part of the racing schedule with the 1937 opening of Delaware Park Racetrack. In 1953, the new $100,000 purse offered by the New Castle Handicap made it the richest race in the world for fillies and mares. In 1955 it was renamed the Delaware Handicap.
The race was held at Saratoga from 1982 until 1985.
In 1939, Shangay Lily won the race as a seven year old, and is the oldest winner of the race.
- 1:59.80 – Coup de Fusil (1987) (event and track record for 1 1⁄4 miles)
Most wins by a horse
- 2 Endine (1958,1959)
- 2 Obeah (1969,1970)
- 2 Blessing Angelica (1971,1972)
- 2 Susan's Girl (1973,1975)
- 2 Nastique (1988,1989)
- 2 Royal Delta (2012,2013)
- 2 Elate (2018,2019)
Most wins by an owner:
- 4 – Christiana Stable (1958, 1959, 1969, 1970)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 – Ángel Cordero Jr. (1968, 1974, 1981, 1987)
Most wins by a trainer:
- Distance = 1 1⁄8 miles