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Dover Downs

Dover Downs is a a hotel, casino, and racetrack complex in Dover, Delaware, United States. It opened in 1969, at North Dupont Highway.

History of Dover Downs

1969 – The horse track and the speedway were opened simultaneously. It began with the concept of a multi-sports facility. Horse racing was conducted on the inner dirt oval, while auto racing was on the one-mile outer oval. In March 1969, thoroughbreds paraded for the first race on the track, and on November 19, Standardbreds made their first appearance.

1974 – The pacers and trotters (harness racing) still run, but the flat runners (thoroughbreds) disappeared at the end of 1974.

1995 – The State of Delaware approved slot machines.

2002 – The complex’s parent company, Dover Downs Entertainment, spun off the horse track and casino as an independent company, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment. A hotel and conference center was also added to the complex. Then changed its name to Dover Motorsports.

2007 – By the autumn of 2007, they expanded the hotel, adding 268 additional rooms, including 52 suites and 11 spa suites, for 500 hotel rooms – making the Dover Downs the largest hotel in Delaware. The Toppers Spa/Salon opened on December 29, 2007.

2010 – The casino added table games when the state authorized them.

2011 – Dover Downs ran its usual meet from October to April when racing moved to Harrington.

Late 2013 – They started to expand their influences into the online gambling realm.

2019 – Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment completed a reverse merger with Twin River Worldwide Holdings (later Bally’s Corporation), a Rhode Island-based company with several casino and racetrack properties. Dover Downs shareholders were left with a 7 percent stake in the combined company.

2021 – Bally’s sold the land and buildings of Dover Downs to Gaming and Leisure Properties for $144 million and leased them back for $12 million per year in June 2021. The property was renamed Bally’s Dover in November 2021 as part of Twin River’s rebranding to Bally’s Corporation.

Track Details

Harness Racing

  • The main track is 5/8 mile (1.006 km) and bowl-shaped.
  • The length of the homestretch is 500 feet.
  • The width of the homestretch is 60 feet.
  • There are 8 starters behind the gate.
  • It is an open stretch.
  • The grandstand can accommodate 4,200 seats, while the clubhouse is 400, and the parking lot fits 1,200 vehicles.


  • NASCAR events on a 1 mile (1.6 km) concrete surface. The Sprint Cup track is now known as Dover International Speedway.

Other Facilities


  • The room for video lottery machines measures up to 91,000 square feet.
  • There are 2,200 slot machines, including progressives.
  • There are 33 table games.
  • The Sportsbook is open on Saturdays and Sundays – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Hotel Amenities

  • Indoor pool
  • Concierge 
  • Free Parking 
  • Fitness center 
  • Spa and Salon (with FREE Valet Parking)
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Meeting & event facilities 
  • Valet parking

Venue and Entertainment

Rollins Center

  • Rollins Center provides live music, comedy shows, and family-friendly entertainment.
  • It has an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) multipurpose ballroom which features entertainment and hosting business conferences, conventions, and banquets.

Wedding Venue

  • Services
    • Venue design and décor
    • Custom-tailored catering
    • Floral designs
    • Photography
    • Entertainment


Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis

  • Open Hours
    • Thursday – 4:00 am to 10:00 pm.
    • Friday & Saturday – 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
    • Sunday – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Macau Kitchen Express

  • Open Hours
    • Friday – 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
    • Saturday – 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

Royal Prime Steakhouse & Steakhouse Lounge

  • Open Hours
    • Wednesday & Thursday – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 
    • Friday & Saturday – 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
    • Sunday Brunch – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sugar Factory

  • Open Hours
    • Monday to Thursday – 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm.
    • Friday – 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight.
    • Saturday – 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
    • Sunday – 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight.

Sweet Perks Too

  • Open Hours
    • Sunday to Thursday – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
    • Friday & Saturday – 8:00 am to 2:00 am.

Bally’s Dover Bars

  • Open daily from 9:00 am to 1:00 am.

Just Breakfast

  • Open Hours
    • Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Dover Downs Race Schedule

🐎 Live Racing Schedule

  • Its live racing is from October or November to March or April, with a racing calendar scheduled every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Harness Stakes Races

  • 🐴 Progress Pace
  • 🐴 Matron Series
  • 🐴 2022 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF)
  • 🐴 2023 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) “Overnight” Series

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Specifically, it is located at 1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, now owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings.
  • In Dover, turn left onto U.S. 13 North (N. DuPont Hwy.). Bally’s Dover Casino Resort is approximately two miles further on the right. Dover is about 50 miles from the Bay Bridge.
  • Race Office Hours:  Racing days – Open at 9:00 am
  • Dover Downs Marker: at the intersection of North Dupont Highway (U.S. 13); Entrance to Dover Downs on North Dupont Highway; and the right on a grass plot as you enter the grounds of Dover Downs.


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