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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

The postponed 2 YO stakes opened the early non-wagering harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway with the trotting/colts and geldings. Speed It (Cam's Rocket-Hypercast) went gate to wire in 2:00.2 for owner/trainer Richard Hans of Westminster, MD. Jim Morand was in the bike.   Speed It closed the season with 5 wins in 7 starts. Sweeten Me Up (CR Renegade) was second.   The Syl King, Jr. trainee Star Rose (You Betcha-Ragland Road) captured her third sire stake series final of the season in 2:00.4 over rival Rock the Game (Cam's Rocket). Driver Ray Robinson Jr. was content to keep Star Rose in the pocket until the last turn, opening up 8 lengths on the field in the stretch.   Brian Callahan and Gloria Kinnamon's homebred Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob-Sandy Calady) has dominated the 2 YO pacing filly division this season and tonight was no different. Reinsman Frank Milby sent her to the front and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:58.2 over Mo Power(Capitol Power).   Owner/trainer Richard Hans picked up his second win of the night with What I Say Goes (Cam's Rocket-Look Sunder). Jonathan Roberts guided the colt in the 1:58.4 mile. Winbak Farm's Steal N Go (Bonnie and Clyde) got up for place.   The 3 YO card started with the pacing fillies. Driver/trainer Cory Mumford took Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) back out of the gate not gaining the front until the ¾ pole, holding off Jodi's Sweety buy a length in the 1:58.1 mile. Frank Chick owners the filly.   Sean Bier sent Jay Boy (Tsunami-Russian Caviar) leased and trained by Syl King Jr., wire to wire in 1:58.3 in the Earl Wagner Memorial for trotting colt/geldings over Ringdangdo (Doggone Yankee).   The Ralph Hayward Memorial for 3 YO trotting fillies went to Wynnfield Sunset (Doggone Yankee-Wynnfield Molly) over Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha) in 1:59.2. Les Givens trains and drives the filly for owner Pam Polk.   The final stake of the season was an early dual between stable mates Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado, both by Cam's Rocket and both owned by Thomas Cooke in the Wayne Smullin Memorial for pacing colt/geldings. In the stretch Toms Typhoon with Roger Plante Jr. in the bike pulled away by 6 in the 1:52.2 mile, Roger Hans trains both colts.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund wants to thank everyone that supported the 2015 stakes and hope to see you next year.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The 2 YO Maryland Sire Stake Finals at Rosecroft that were scheduled for Sat. Oct 3, 2015 have been rescheduled for 4:30 pm on Tuesday Oct. 6th, prior to the 3 YO Sire Stakes.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund felt that this was in the best interest for all horses involved due to the weather forecast in the Mid Atlantic for the next two days.   This only affects the Stake races NOT the overnights, Rosecroft will make that call by 10 am Sat.   If you have any questions please call Cheri Stambaugh, Administrator of the MSRF at 410-775-0152 or 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Ft. Washington, MD --- Jonathan Roberts and Frank Milby each earned four wins on the 12-race Tuesday night (Sept. 29) harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway. Fancy Colt (Milby) took the $10,000 Open Handicap for colts and geldings with a first-over move down the backside and scored in the driving rain in 1:53. Roberts took the top spot in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap with Lanco Express, who scored her fifth straight victory, pacing the mile in 1:53.1. Trainer Tim Crissman had three wins on the card and Ken Schlotzhauer had a pair of wins. Rosecroft hosted four preliminaries for the Maryland Sires Stakes program before the card, Tom's Typhoon (Roger Plante) and stablemate Tom's Tornado (Roberts) were inches from a dead heat in 1:57. Tom's Typhoon moved to the lead past the quarter and hung on in the 3-year-old colt and gelding category. Jay Boy and Sean Bier scored the top spot in the 3-year-old trotting category for colts and geldings. The son of Tsunami scored in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Plante guided Betcha Ur My Baby home in 2:00.4 in the 3-year-old filly trot, while Cory Mumford eased Helaine's Firebird to a dominating nine length score for 3-year-old filly pacers. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

(Fort Washington, MD - August 5, 2015) The 27-night summer-fall racing season at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Saturday, September 19, 2015. Racing applications are now available at www.rosecroft.com under the "Horsemen" section and must be submitted for consideration by August 31. "The racing program continues to gain momentum at Rosecroft and we anticipate a purse increase going into this summer - fall meet," said Peter Hanley, Rosecroft Racing secretary. Since reopening in the fall of 2011 after a fifteen month bankruptcy period, Rosecroft Raceway has shown continued improvement in its live racing program. Average daily purses, which were $20,000 in 2011, are now near $70,000 for each live card, not including bonus programs linked to Maryland owner and breeding preferences. "Our focus continues on trying to make racing more sustainable for the Maryland horsemen," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft. "In working with Cloverleaf Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (CSOA) and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association (MSBA) we continue to look for ways to improve our racing product both for the racing customer, and for horsemen, owners and breeders who are making large investments in the state," McErlean said. "There are still many concerns we have about outside factors affecting the long term stability of this business but we will continue to move forward as best we can," he added. Qualifying races are scheduled for Saturday, September 12 in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair which is making its first appearance at Rosecroft. The fair runs September 10 to the 13th on the grounds of the racetrack. In order to qualify, racing applications must be submitted and approved in advance. The summer - fall meet will run through Saturday, December 19 with racing every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 6:40 p.m. Christopher McErlean

(Fort Washington, MD - April 3, 2014) - Wagering is brisk through the first eight live harness racing dates in the month of March at Rosecroft Raceway. Buoyed by Tuesday night's racing cards that have been featured on the nationally distributed racing network TVG, total wagering on Rosecroft's live races is up 88% over the same time period in 2014. The $284,952 wagered on and off-track on the Tuesday, March 10 racing card was the highest since June 6, 2008. "We have positioned our best race classes for Tuesday's knowing there was a possible niche in the national simulcast calendar. The racing has been competitive and we seem to be building some momentum and continuity in the marketplace," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft. Racing continues every Tuesday and Saturday evening at Rosecroft through June 6. Post time is 6:40 p.m. Christopher McErlean      

Ft. Washington, MD --- Maryland native Frank Milby guided Beammeupscottie to victory in the ninth race on Tuesday night (March 24) at Rosecroft Raceway, giving the defending Rosecroft dash champion win number 2,000 in his harness racing career. Milby left from post five and stretched out Casimir Lawman (Roger Plante) who led through the third quarter in 1:24.3 while under pressure from Lone Raider (Brandon Henley). Milby edged the son of Rustler Hanover into the passing lane to win by a half-length in 1:54. Gloria Kinnamon owns Beammeupscottie and he is conditioned by Brian Callahan who had three wins on the night. Trainer John McIntyre also had three wins on the evening as well. Roger Plante guided all three of the McIntyre trainees to victory. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

(Fort Washington, MD - January 29, 2015) The sixty-sixth season of live harness racing at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Saturday, March 7, 2015. Racing Applications for the 27-night winter-spring meet are now available at www.rosecroft.com under the "Horsemen" section and must be submitted for consideration by February 15. Since reopening in the fall of 2011 after a fifteen month bankruptcy period, Rosecroft Raceway has shown continued improvement in its racing program. Average daily purses, which were $20,000 in 2011, are now approaching $70,000 for each live card, not including any bonus programs. "The focus has been on providing racing and earning opportunities for Maryland based owners, horsemen and breeders," said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Rosecroft. "In working with Cloverleaf Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (CSOA) and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association (MSBA) we have been able to create a strong bonus and preference program to reward Maryland horsemen which has led to more investment and higher quality horses competing at Rosecroft. The Maryland Preferred preference system provides entry priority to qualified Maryland owners and trainers as well as horses sired, bred and foaled in the state. All Maryland preferred eligible horses are eligible to earn a 15% bonus on all purse earnings at Rosecroft. In the fall of 2014 over 80% of the horses competing at Rosecroft were Maryland preferred eligible with those horses earning over 80% of the potential purses. "A large portion of the purses are now generated through gaming at Maryland casinos and the Maryland preferred program helps to keep those funds circulating through the Maryland economy," said McErlean. "Our fall meet last year had some nice momentum near the end, with total wagering on live racing up approximately six percent and our Tuesday night races on the TVG network on a regular basis. We have positioned our top class races on Tuesday's to capitalize on that niche in the simulcast marketplace," added McErlean. Qualifying races are scheduled for Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m., weather permitting. In order to qualify, applications must be submitted and approved in advance. The winter-spring meet will run through Saturday, June 6 with racing every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 6:40 p.m. The 27-date fall meet will commence Saturday, September 19. Christopher McErlean    

This Saturday night (Dec. 13) at Rosecroft Raceway, Freddie Hudson, co-author of the book Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began, will be conducting a pre-release book signing of the much anticipated book and will also be posing for pictures. The book tells the story of a man who turned a dream into a reality and created the number one harness track in the world. The bribery of politicians, the behind the scenes gangsters, scandals, alleged race fixing, court room drama and some great racing are all part of the story of Long Island’s Roosevelt Raceway. A must read for all from start to finish. The book's official release date is Dec. 30 and it will then be available nationwide through book stores and online at Amazon.com. For more information regarding this Saturday's book signing, please contact Rosecroft Raceway at 301.567.4500. by Fred Hudson,

Tina Duer's Chinese Cuisine continued a record breaking fall meet at Rosecroft Raceway by setting a mark for all trotters, winning the $10,000 Open in 1:53.4. Trainer-Driver John Duer was in the bike for the son of Revenue S.   Duer put Chinese Cuisine on the lead just after the first quarter and posted fractions of :56, 1:24.2 and coming home in 29.2 to win by nearly 5 lengths over House On Fire (Jonathan Roberts) and Molly B'Golly (Donnie Russell).   It was the fourth different track record broken this fall at Rosecroft and knocked Mandabra, Pekoe Fashion and Hambletonian Champion Vivid Photo from the record book.   Lord terror gave trainer Eric Ell his third different Open pace winner of the meet as Mike Beaver steered the son of Western Terror to a half-length victory over Lyons Meandragon (Roger Plante) and Game Day (Corey Braden) in 1:52.2.   Roberts and Brian Burton had driving doubles on the card.   To watch the replay of the race click below:   http://replays.robertsstream.com/racereplays/playf_llnw.php?customer=Rosecroft&t=1415788583&h=3a1ebaa526507cbc15294137c77b5246&url=201411111854RON2   by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Chinese Cuisine (6g Revenue - Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) took a gate to wire victory in tonight's $6,000 monte test at Rosecroft Raceway. Raced as a non-betting event, owner Tina Duer effectively teamed the winner, trained by John Duer, to a six length win over Flowing James and Tara Hynes with third to Point Of Honour with Jenny Melander aboard. Chinese Cuisine was timed in 1:59.2f to record the score over five rivals. Thomas H. Hicks

Ft. Washington, MD --- Jonathan Roberts navigated four winners on the Tuesday night (Oct. 21) card at Rosecroft Raceway. Roberts now leads the fall meet with 29 wins overall. Roberts posted a win in the co-featured Open for fillies and mares, steering Rockin Belle to victory from post six. Rockin Belle sat the pocket trip and took the passing lane to victory, nailing the pacesetter Clear View Hanover (Henrik Lundell) in 1:53.3. Dylan Davis conditions and co-owns with longtime owner Michael Casalino Jr. Tony Morgan took the $10,000 Open with Varsity Hanover. Surviving a :26.1 opening quarter, Varsity Hanover did all the work en route to a 1:52.3 win on a sloppy track. Morgan won a pair on the night and is a perfect three-for-three driving Varsity Hanover during the Fall meet. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

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