FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Harness racing drivers Russell Foster, Brian Burton, Jason Thompson and Mark Gray will take on some of Maryland's top Thoroughbred jockeys in a Sulky-Cycle Challenge Thursday, Oct. 20 at Rosecroft. The drivers will compete against Maryland-based jockeys Jevian Toledo, Kevin Gomez, Forest Boyce and Lauralea Glaser in both a sulky and bicycle race. Both drivers and jockeys will also take part in a Meet & Greet with fans between 5:45-6:15 p.m. in the grandstand. Bicycles used in the challenge will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge. First race post is 6:40 p.m. "This is a fun event and a great way to connect our athletes from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred worlds," said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. "I think our fans who watch and wager on each sport will have a good time whether meeting the drivers and jockeys or watching them compete for charity." Toledo, a graded-stakes winning jockey, practiced driving at Rosecroft Thursday. "It was different from what we're doing at [at Laurel Park], but it was fun," Toledo said. “I’m looking forward to it.” After the first race, two drivers and two jockeys will compete in a one mile exhibition race in double-seated carts. Drivers will have a VIP in their cart while jockeys will have a harness driver. The other two drivers and jockeys will compete in an exhibition after the third race. After the fifth race, drivers and trainers will compete in a bicycle race. Cash prizes between $500 and $100 will be awarded to the eight participants. For more information go to Rosecroft.com or call 301-567-4500. David Joseph
MARYLAND: Leading Canadian harness racing trainer Anthony MacDonald is out once again spreading the word about thestable.ca's unique, single-share fractional racehorse ownership program, this time at Maryland's Rosecroft Raceway. MacDonald will join four industry insiders featured at an event sponsored by the Cloverleaf Horse Council at Rosecroft on Thursday, Oct, 20, 6 pm to 10 pm. "Cloverleaf Standardbred Association is excited to build a productive relationship with Anthony MacDonald, who is the driving force behind thestable.ca," said Gina Maybee, executive assistant and benefits coordinator for the association. "The opportunity to bring affordable horse ownership to the harness racing industry and Maryland will open our sport up like we have never experienced before." The evening will also feature racing analyst and sportswriter Ted Black, Corey Callahan, the leading harness driver in North America and Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club and new owner of Rosecroft. MacDonald and his wife Amy created thestable.ca in the fall of 2015 as an affordable way to boost harness racehorse ownership and to bring first time owners to the game. To do that, thestable.ca offers an innovative single share program that allows owners to purchase anywhere from one to 100 shares in a promising yearling purchased at the fall sales or obtained directly through breeder purchases. For a yearling valued at $25,000, this means an initial investment of just $250 per share plus a training fee of $20 per month. In it's second year of operation, thestable.ca, which has over 80 owners in four countries, has proven to be an enormously popular way to bring owners into the sport. This fall, MacDonald has blanketed the yearling sales in Canada and the Northern U.S., so far picking up two dozen youngsters at the Goshen, Ohio and Lexington Select sales, with more to come from the upcoming Harrisburg, Ohio and Forest City sales. These babies from leading sires such as Yankee Glide, Manofmanymissions, Muscle Hill, American Ideal, McArdle, Dragon Again, Betterthancheddar and Rock N Roll Heaven will all be offered for sale on thestable.ca website over the next few weeks. And more top trainers are climbing aboard the concept, with prominent trainers Tony O'Sullivan, Paul Kelley, Andrew Harris and Kyle Fellows joining thestable.ca's program. These trainers will continue operating their own barns, but will team up with MacDonald in a training cooperative that will bring a new group of young harness horses to the races under thestable.ca banner. Anthony MacDonald: (email) Anthony@thestable.ca; (cell) 519-400-4263; (website) thestable.ca; (twitter) @thestablecanada; (Facebook) Anthony MacDonald.
(October 13, 2016) - RUS America and Friends of Maryland Standardbreds (FOMS) is pleased to announce Racing Under Saddle (RUS) will be coming to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 as a non-wagering event conducted between races on the evening harness racing program. Over the past three years, RUS has been contested at Ocean Downs and the race will be the first RUS event at Rosecroft during this period. "RUS events have been very popular at Ocean Downs and RUS America is pleased to bring racing under saddle to Rosecroft", said Clarissa Coughlin, a Director of FOMS and Board member of RUS America. "We thank the Stronach Group in allowing RUS to compete over the legendary Rosecroft oval and based on the response we received at Ocean Downs this past July, Rosecroft fans will be in for quite a treat'. "Horsemen with trotters able to compete under saddle have a rare opportunity to compete in two RUS events over a period of ten days. Rosecroft's race is a perfect follow-up to the November 5 race at the Meadowlands and we invite them to come down to compete afterwards", Coughlin continued, "For fans, not only will they be able to watch standardbreds race under saddle, they will have an opportunity to meet RUS riders at a meet and greet'. The purse is expected to go for an estimated $5,000. The exact conditions of the race remain to be determined. Conditions will be posted on the RUS America website under the horsemen's section as soon as they become available and will be available on the Rosecroft condition sheet at the appropriate time. Any questions regarding the Rosecroft Race should be directed to Clarissa Coughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sponsorship opportunities remain. Anyone interested in sponsoring the race is invited to contact Clarissa Coughlin. Allan Schott
Rosecroft Raceway hosted the final Maryland Sire Stakes of the year Thursday Oct. 6th. All four harness racing three-year-old finals went for purses of $39,000. The three year old trotting colts and gelding were up first and it was no surprise when pilot Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the front opening up 9 1/2 lengths on the field in the 1:59 mile giving him his 9th straight stakes win and 10th for the year. Righteous Renegade crossed the wire second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. Filly trotters were up next and reinsman Frank Milby cut a fast 27.2 quarter with Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) to keep Star Rose parked out and keep control of the mile. Rock The Game crossed the wire 1:58.3 giving her a new lifetime mark. Shaun Callahan trains for owner Breakaway Racing. Nick Callahan was the breeder. Star Rose hung on for place. Once again driver Frank Milby took Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) to the front in the filly pace and never looked back as they stopped the clock in 1:56.2, a new lifetime mark. Mo Power finished second. Tony Sapienza trains for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon. Frank Milby picked up a catch drive aboard Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) in the pacing colts with Jeff Fout being in Kentucky this week. Milby was very content to sit in the pocket until the stretch catching the leader What I Say Goes by a neck at the wire in 1:58. This was a lifetime mark for the Winbak Farm owned and bred colt. The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund wants to thank everyone that participated and supported our program in 2016. By Cheri Stambaugh
The non-wagering events at Rosecroft opened with the filly trot final going for $40,475. Harness racing driver Roger Plante Jr. was able to keep the sometimes unpredictable Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) on gait, going straight to the front, maintaining an almost two length lead right to the wire in 2:00 over Camita. Dr. William Solomon owns and bred Holy Trout and Steve LeBlanc trains. In the 'Earl Wagner Memorial' for colt/gelding trotters Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) in his usual style, did not mind being on the outside to the quarter, opening up a 4½ length lead to stop the clock in 1:59.1 for driver Brian Burton. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. JA On The Way closed well to take the place position. Hybrid Henry finished his season with 9 wins in 10 starts. Purse for the races was $40,250. The 'Smullin Memorial' for pacing colts /geldings went for a purse of $37,475. Pilot Russell Foster was content to sit back in sixth position with Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket), letting Adios Muchachos lead the way to the half in :55.4. Mr Ham Sandwich circled the field by the ¾ mile opening up over six lengths by the wire in a speedy 1:53.2. Adios Muchachos held off the challenge by Toms Tarzan to finish second. Judy Welty trains the winner for owner/breeder Brian Emerson. The filly pacers ended the night with the 'Ralph Hayward Memorial' with a purse of $35,150. Evergreen Marla and Cheap Ain't Fast battled to the quarter in 26.4 with the undefeated Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) sitting third watching the action. When the dust settled at the half, driver Roger Plante Jr. pulled Miss Valerie grinding his way to a 1½ length lead in the 1:57.4 mile. Miss Valerie ended her freshman season with a perfect 10 wins in 10 starts for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. and trainer Steve LeBlanc. The three year olds finish their season at Rosecroft on Thursday Oct. 6. By Cheri Stambaugh
With the east coast getting hit with heavy rain, The Maryland Sire Stakes harness racing prelims at Rosecroft got lucky with just drizzle and wind. The 3 year old trotting colts and gelding were up first and it was no surprise when pilot Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the front opening up 21 lengths on the field in the 1:59 mile giving him his 8th straight stakes win and 9th for the year.. Righteous Renegade crossed the wire second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. Filly trotters were up next and reinsman Frank Milby had to back Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) out of the pocket to come three wide down the stretch to catch the leader Star Rose at the wire in 2:01.3. Shaun Callahan trains for owner Breakaway Racing. Nick Callahan was the breeder. Driver Frank Milby took Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) to the front and never looked back as they stopped the clock in 1:57.4 with Evergreen Silky coming in for place. Tony Sapienza trains for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon. The upset of the night came in the colt and gelding pace when Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket) stopped Steal N Go's seven race win streak catching him at the wire in 1:59. Russell Foster was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans and owner/breeder Thomas Cooke. The stallion Cam's Rocket once again showed he produces both trotters and pacers taking 3 of the 4 stakes. The Maryland Sire Stakes finish their season next week with the 2 year old finals on Tuesday Oct. 4th and the 3 year old finals on Thursday Oct. 6th at Rosecroft. By Cheri Stambaugh
On Tuesday Sept 27 the second preliminaries for harness racing two year old Maryland Sire Stakes were held at Rosecroft. The non-wagering card opened with the trotting fillies. Driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) to the front to take control of the well rated mile stopping the clock in 2:00.4 holding off a challenge by Camita. Steve LeBlanc trains for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon. In the trotting colts and geldings the sometimes unpredictable Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) minded his manners for pilot Brian Burton setting the Sire Stakes record for 2 year old trotting geldings of 1:59. JA On The Way was up for place. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. Reinsman Russell Foster and Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) got away 6th out of the gate, waiting for everyone to settle in position. Pulling at the half, Foster slowly guided Mr Ham Sandwich up until the head of the stretch where they charged to the wire, pacing in 1:54.1 three lengths in front of Toms Tarzan. Judy Welty trains for owner/breeder Brian Emerson. The Steve LeBlanc and Roger Plante Jr. combination teamed up again in the first split for filly pacers with the undefeated Miss Valerie (Allie's Western). In their usual style Roger sent Miss Valerie to the front and the rest is history in the 1:59.3 mile, giving her 9 wins in 9 starts. Evergreen Marla was up for place. Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. are the owners and Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeders. In the second split for filly pacers, Mia Love (The Fraternity Pan) earned her first lifetime win with Russell Foster in the bike pacing the mile in 1:58.2, catching the leader Cheap Aint Fast at the wire. Harold Savage trains for owner Ruben Lourenco. Marjorie Kazmaier is the breeder. Roger Plante Jr and Russell Foster both picked up 2 stakes wins on the card. The stakes continue with the three year olds on Thursday Sept. 29 at Rosecroft. By Cheri Stambaugh
The fall series of Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing 3 year olds stated with the trotting colts and geldings going to post. There was no surprise when driver Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the engine, earning his 7th straight win stopping the clock in 2:01.3. Righteous Renegade was two lengths back for place. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner. The filly trotters had a new contender in the box and she proved to be the best. Debbie's Peanut (CR Renegade) took the whole summer to get her act together but now shows she learned well. Pilot Justin Vincent was very content with the pocket trip and used the stretch to take the lead at the wire in 2:01 for owner Deborah Warnick and trainer Scott Warnick. Winbak Farm was the breeder. Whitesville Deb was up for second. Reinsman Bill Long sent Mo Power (Capitol Power) to the front and opened up a little at every pole, stopping the timer in 1:59.3 seven lengths in front of Little Bit Wild. Dale Massey is the owner and breeder. Steal N Go (Bonnie And Clyde) picked up his seventh win in 8 starts for driver/trainer Jeff Fout in the colt and gelding pace. Toms Tae Kwon Do finished second in the 2:01.1 mile. Winbak Farm is the owner and breeder of the winner. The two year olds return on Tuesday Sept. 27 for their second sire stakes preliminary at Rosecroft. By Cheri Stambaugh
The fall series of Maryland sire stakes started at Rosecroft on Tuesday Sept 20th with a 6 race non-wagering harness racing card. The 2 year old pacing colts and geldings opened with two divisions of prelims. The continuing rivalry between Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam's Rocket) and Adios Muchachos (Cam's Rocket) once again produced a thrilling stretch drive with Mr Ham Sandwich holding on for the win in 1:55.4 with Russell Foster in the bike. Brian Emerson is the owner and breeder, Judy Welty trains. In division 2 for the colt/gelding pacers Welcometotheparty (The Fraternity Pan) scored his first lifetime win in 1:57 for owner/trainer Stacey McLenaghan. Corey Braden was the reinsman and Ron McLenaghan is the breeder. Just Jack finished second. The first split for filly pacers was no surprise when driver Roger Plante Jr. sent Miss Valerie (Allie's Western) to the engine and just coated to a 1:57.2 finish ¾ of a length ahead of Mia Love. Miss Valerie remains undefeated giving her 8 wins in 8 starts. Steve LeBlanc trains for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. The breeders are Tom and Linda Winebrener. Evergreen Marla (Capitol Power) picked up her first lifetime win in the second division for filly pacers winning by 9 lengths in 1:57.1. This gave driver Russell Foster his second stakes win on the card. Franklin Lemon is the owner/trainer while A. Daniel Myer is the breeder. Fast Ain't Cheap was up for place. The 2 year old trotting colts/geldings were up next and pilot Brian Burton made Hybrid Henry (Cam's Rocket) mind his manners after a miscue in the August Finals. The pair went to the front and never looked back stopping the clock in 2:00 over rival LG's Hotshoeboy. This gave Hybrid Henry 7 wins in 8 starts for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans. The combination of trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Roger Plante Jr. picked up their second win of the stakes card in the two year old filly trot. Roger was content to sit in the pocket with Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) and let Starz and Deuces cut the mile until the stretch drive, coming up the passing lane to win by a half-length. Dr. William Solomon is the owner and breeder. Sire Stakes action continues on Thursday September 22 with the first prelims for three year olds at Rosecroft. By Cheri Stambaugh
FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The morning after driving Real Passing Lady to the Rosecroft winner's circle for his first victory of the harness racing fall meet, Brian Burton was in a pumpkin patch with his four children. "This is something not everyone gets the chance to do with their kids on a Friday morning," Burton said. Ironically, it wasn't too long ago that Burton, a mainstay on the Maryland harness racing circuit the past 15 years, thought he would have a more conventional career. A native of Cambridge, Md., Burton had graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English and a secondary degree in Journalism. "Out of college I did have an internship with a couple newspapers," Burton said. "I wanted to cover sports. But, man, I thought this is a cutthroat business. This is rough." Sales jobs at Sears, Hyatt and a conveyor belt company brought Burton, a third generation horseman, to the realization that he had a "yearning for open spaces." It also brought him to the realization that he fit into what he calls the "blue collar" world of harness racing "My grandfather (Jack) raced up-and-down the East Coast," Burton said. "I probably started coming around Rosecroft when I was 12. It started like a hobby and blossomed into a racing business. My father Martin had a farm with [standardbred] horses and raced locally for a long time. I worked out a deal with my dad and got my driver's license and I've been doing it ever since. I have about 10 that I own or own with other people and the whole barn has about 15 horses. I'm not just training my own but breaking horses on the side." Not only does Burton believe in Rosecroft - a track he says is a "great place to start young horses over a great surface" - but he also believes the sport of harness racing is accessible to everybody. "I think this sport is a working-class sport," he said. "It doesn't cost a lot to own a horse compared to other sports. I have guys who own horses with what you might call regular jobs, blue-collar jobs. I have an owner who owns his own heating and air conditioning company. It's a sport you can enjoy. The horses race more often than thoroughbreds, you can enjoy the races with your family, and, like when I was a kid, I'd come out to the barns in the morning and hang around the horses. "I think it's going to get better. We've already seen changes that The Stronach Group has done, including the new infield television and the paved paddock. It's like shock-and-awe when you get here." Rosecroft will run 12 races Tuesday evening with a first race post of 6:40 p.m. and a Pick 5 carryover with a low 12-percent takeout of $1,398. Beginning at 5 p.m., Rosecroft will run six races as part of the Maryland Sire Stakes. David Joseph Rosecroft Raceway is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at email@example.com or call 954.457.6451
Harness racing driver Frank Milby has driven more than 2,000 winners and has won numerous driving titles at Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs. In fact, the native of Easton has been one of Maryland's leading drivers over the past 10 years. But as Milby prepares for another fall meet at Rosecroft, which kicks off Tuesday with a 6:40 p.m. post time, he admits he "didn't have an itch to drive horses" when he was younger. "A lot of people can't wait until they can start driving," recalled Milby recently. "I can't say I was like that." Milby is a third generation horseman. His grandfather, Franklin, trained world-champion female pacer Miss Conna Adios. And while his father Don was a successful trainer and driver, Milby said his father didn't push him into harness racing. "My dad kind of pushed me away," Milby said. "I did grow up going to the barns on the weekends, but the business was not looking so good at the time. He was kind of, 'You can always go back to horse racing.' So I went to school, but around my second year of college Delaware got slots and he had a couple owners who wanted to reinvest in horses. So I started working then." Milby worked with his father and trained horses until driving his first race in December of 1998, a race he remembers well. "I finished third with a horse named All So Clear," he recalled. "It was a mix of emotions, a little nervous, a little scared. Way back then, the races seemed to go by in a flash. Everything slows down once you've been driving for a while. I see things now during a race I didn't see five years ago. If there's three horses in front of me, I might look to see what the ears on one are doing and that will tell me what to do." Milby, who missed winning the Rosecroft driving title earlier this year by one win, is excited about returning to Rosecroft Tuesday evening. "I think Rosecroft is one of the best five-eighths track I ever drove on," he said. "I think it's one of the most forgiving tracks on a horse, too. It's a good place." David Joseph
Fort Washington, MD--- The anticipation is building as live racing action prepares to return to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday September 13, for the 2016 fall meet. Racing applications are now available online, and all horsemen are reminded they are due by September 1. Among the many changes for the upcoming meet, which runs through December 15, are new ownership of the facility and harness racing on Thursday's rather than Sunday's. Excitement is high as The Stronach Group, which own and operate several thoroughbred tracks across the country, are now dipping their toes into the harness racing scene after recently completing the sale of Rosecroft Raceway from Penn National Gaming Inc. "We're excited about moving forward at Rosecroft," said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. "We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington D.C. market and growing the harness racing market herein the mid-Atlantic area." The first qualifying day will be Saturday September 10, at 10:00 am. Once the meet gets underway qualifiers will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. starting September 20. Thanks to a high quality of racing stock expected to be competing at Rosecroft the qualifying times have been lowered to 2:02 for pacers, and 2:04 for trotters. The first draws will be on Wednesday September 7 for opening night, and Monday September 12 for the following Thursday. Post time will be at 6:40 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of a "dark" day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24. Director of Racing / Racing Secretary, Pete Hanley noted that purses will average around $83,000 per program with preferences given to Maryland owned, sired or bred horses, who will also continue to receive a 20% bonus on their earnings as well. "We are looking forward to another exciting and competitive meet," explained Hanley. "Our last meets leading trainer Joe Offutt, didn't solidify the crown until late into the season and the driving championship here at Rosecroft wasn't decided until the final race of the meet as Russell Foster and Jonathan Roberts ended up in a dead heat with 45 wins apiece. Perennial driving champ Frank Milby was just one win behind that pair with 44 and I'm certainly hopefully that things will come down to the wire once again." Tom Kelly
Two and half months after entering into an agreement to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from Penn National Gaming Inc., The Stronach Group announced Aug. 2 it has closed the deal. “We appreciate Penn National Gaming working with us to make this acquisition happen in a smooth and timely manner,” said Sal Sinatra, Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager. “We’re excited about moving forward at Rosecroft. We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington, D.C., market, and growing the harness racing market in the Mid-Atlantic.” Rosecroft is one of two harness tracks in Maryland a major off-track betting site. Located south of the nation's capital in Prince George’s County, the track had been acquired by PNGI for $11 million from a bankruptcy auction. The holding company The Stronach Group acquired is officially called Prince George’s Gaming Ventures. Sinatra said The Stronach Group will begin making improvements to Rosecroft over the next 90 days. The track, which opened in 1949, begins its fall season of harness racing Sept. 13. The facility is open every day for full-card simulcasts. Rosecroft last year handled about $32 million in the building, with $22 million bet on Thoroughbred racing and $10 million on harness racing, according to Sinatra. On-track wagering on live races over more than 50 programs was about $850,000 in 2015. Reprinted with permission of Bloodhorse
In a story released by Frank Vespe for theracingbiz.com, The Maryland Racing Commission on Monday voted unanimously to treat a spate of recent positive tests for glaucine in the state as environmental contamination, to release purse funds that had been held back in some cases since March, and to hold harmless the affected trainers. “A lot of people were caught unaware through no fault of their own,” commissioner Tom Winebrener said during the meeting, which was held via conference call. “The bottom line is we want to do this the right way,” added Commission chair John McDaniel. The move followed a similar decision made June 18 by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission (DTRC). There, stewards ruled that Brooks Lass, trained by Scott Lake, and Michaels Butterfly, trained by Gina Rosenthal, would retain their May 25 and May 23 victories, respectively. The decision will cheer the nine trainers who had glaucine positives in Maryland, whom the Commission has not publicly named. The issue arose April 14, according to Commission executive director Mike Hopkins, when Truesdail Laboratories, which does the testing in both Maryland and Delaware, found three samples positive for glaucine. One of those samples came from Laurel Park, while the other two were from Rosecroft, which hosts harness racing. Several more positives followed shortly thereafter, ultimately affecting nine trainers and prompting the Commission and Truesdail to work “hand in hand,” Hopkins said, to investigate further. That investigation led to the conclusion that when glaucine, an alkaloid naturally occurring in the tulip poplar tree, is found along with one of three other alkaloids — protopine, asimilobine, and liriodenine – “it is more likely than not that an environmental contamination was the basis for its ingestion,” the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards wrote in their June 18 ruling, which was based on the research Truesdail had conducted as a result of the Maryland cases. To read the entire story click here.
Making just his second harness racing start in the United States, Vapour N edged Real Tough (Roger Plante) in the $12,000 Open Handicap Tuesday night (March 15) at Rosecroft Raceway. Pat Berry sent Vapour N (Jereme's Jet) first over at the five-eighths pole and wore down pacesetter Contraband Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) in 1:51.4. It was one of three wins on the card for Berry who has eight wins over the first three nights of racing. Donald Dancer had a driving and training triple on the card, winning with Keystone Cocoa, Elusive Point and Ziegler Hanover from his barn. Roberts and Russell Foster had driving doubles. Rosecroft continues live racing Sunday at 4:40 p.m. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway
The 27-date winter - spring harness racing season at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Racing applications are now available at www.rosecroft.com under the "Horsemen" section and must be submitted for consideration by February 24. A significant change for the upcoming meet will be the introduction of Sunday twilight racing with a 4:40 p.m. post time. The traditional Tuesday night (6:40 p.m. post time) will remain, and Rosecroft will special host Saturday night cards on the three thoroughbred "Triple Crown" event days - May 7 (Kentucky Derby), May 21 (Preakness) and June 11 (Belmont Stakes.) Post time will be 6:40 p.m. on those Saturday night cards. "We have developed a very nice niche on Tuesday evenings in the simulcast marketplace and we thought Sundays might be an opportunity to draw a new on-track audience and also serve an underserved part of the harness simulcast marketplace," said Peter Hanley, Racing Secretary for Rosecroft. "The Triple Crown dates always bring in a strong crowd so having live racing during those events makes sense as well," Hanley added. Full fields, competitive and quality races have been the on upswing for Rosecroft over the past several years and 2016 is likely to continue that trend. "We will start off with a purse increase over 2015 (pushing purses to a nightly average of over $80,000 per night) and our Maryland Preferred horses (Maryland owned, bred and sired) will now be eligible for a 20% bonus on earnings (up from 15% in 2015)," said Hanley. Rosecroft also hopes to keep the wagering momentum on its races going in 2016. "On-track handle last year (2015was up 5% and our export handle was up over 50%, even with lightly less races vs. 2014," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft Raceway. "The goal since we took over in 2011 (after the track's bankruptcy) was to continuously rebuild the racing program. Those efforts are starting to show in the key metrics of our business," said McErlean. Qualifying races are scheduled for Saturday, February 27 and Tuesday, March 1 at 12 noon, weather permitting. Due to the new racing schedule weekly qualifiers will be held on Tuesday evenings prior to the live races. The draw schedule will be Wednesdays for Sundays and Thursdays for Tuesdays with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. each morning. The first condition sheet of the meet should be available the week of February 15. Christopher McErlean