The Rebuilding of the Standardbred Industry Continues In Maryland

Efforts of CSOA, MSBA and Penn National Gaming Payoff as Rosecroft Announces Plans for 2015

(Fort Washington, MD – September 11, 2014)   Since reemerging from bankruptcy in 2011 under the direction of Penn National Gaming, Rosecroft Raceway has provided an economic kick start to the Maryland Standardbred industry.

Since reopening of the racetrack in the fall of 2011 the focus at Rosecroft has been on directing racing opportunities and increasing purses towards Maryland horses and horsemen.  Penn National Gaming has established a preference system benefitting Maryland horsemen who are racing at Rosecroft that provides for maximum opportunity for Maryland connected horses.

Horses with a Maryland connection (those owned or trained by Maryland residents or bred, sired or foaled in-state) enjoy a 100% entry preference at Rosecroft Raceway—a first in the industry and the only racetrack in Maryland to offer this benefit to Marylanders.   During the 2014 winter-spring meet over 80% of the purses earned were directed to horses and horsemen under this Maryland preference system.

Based on that success, Penn National, Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association (CSOA), and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association (MSBA) agreed to a contract extension that will guarantee live racing at Rosecroft through 2014 with extension options through 2015.  All parties agreed that this was a very positive development for the Maryland Standardbred industry.

“We are delighted to report that Rosecroft has agreed to apply for 2015 race dates which means that the revitalization of Maryland Standardbred racing and breeding will continue.  We are very grateful for the extension,” said Thomas Cooke, President of CSOA.

“We were all desperately disappointed that the casino in Prince George’s County was not awarded to Rosecroft.  It would have been an easy choice for Penn National to walk away after that but they have shown their commitment to our horsemen and the employees of Rosecroft,” Cooke continued.

“CSOA and our colleagues at MSBA are now working on a long term solution that provides monies to offset the expenses of running live racing so we can enjoy a long term racing future in Maryland.  We are very confident that we can reach that goal and really appreciate the fact that our horsemen can enjoy earning opportunities in 2015 while we work with the Maryland legislature to get this job done,” concluded Cooke.

The Standardbred industry supports more than 1600 direct jobs, has more than $66,000,000 in assets committed in Maryland and protects more than 18,000 acres of green space in Maryland. Rosecroft is a historic institution in Prince George’s County and is in its’ 65th year of operation.

MSBA President Dan Myer commented, “Successful overnight racing is the key to establishing a revitalized breeding industry in Maryland.  Our horsemen need a place to race their horses and we appreciate Penn National’s commitment to Maryland Standardbred racing as a whole. This commitment to live racing and to preserving the future of Rosecroft is greatly appreciated.

Myer further stated, “I am very pleased to see Rosecroft’s commitment to building the Maryland Sires Stakes program.  The Maryland Sires Stakes is the lifeblood of the breeding industry in Maryland.  The MSBA is so pleased to see the growth in numbers of stallions standing and mares being bred in Maryland.  Since 2011, the number of stallions in the state has tripled with 35 standing in 2014.  Along with the increase in stallions, this has also enticed the owners of mares to bred to those stallions going from 65 in 2011 to approximately 250 in 2014.  This ongoing commitment from Rosecroft will help the Maryland Sires Stakes program grow further.  MSBA looks forward to working with CSOA to create a positive environment where the industry thrives. We will be working with Members of the Maryland legislature to create a long term future for the Standardbred industry.”

Rosecroft To Apply For 2015 Race Dates

Contact:
Christopher McErlean
Vice President – Racing
Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Christopher.mcerlean@pngaming.com
717-469-3313

Rosecroft To Apply For 2015 Race Dates

(Fort Washington, MD—September 10, 2014)  Rosecroft Raceway announced today that the track will continue live racing operations and will be applying for 2015 race dates.  Rosecroft is about to start the track’s 27-night Summer-Fall meet on September 13th.

“We will applying for the same number of dates (54) for live racing at Rosecroft in 2015 under the same terms, conditions and preferences that we operated our live race  meet this year,” stated Chris McErlean, Vice President-Racing, Penn National Gaming.

“While we are disappointed that Rosecroft was not selected as the gaming destination for Prince George’s County, Penn National Gaming remains committed to Maryland, Rosecroft and of course our Maryland Horsemen. We are working with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to find ways to ensure a long term future for Maryland racing at Rosecroft.  We understand the value Rosecroft provides for our horsemen, track employees, and the Prince George’s community,” said McErlean.

Since reemerging from bankruptcy in 2011 under the direction of Penn National Gaming, Rosecroft Raceway has provided an economic kick start to Prince George’s County and the Maryland Standardbred industry.

Since reopening in the fall of 2011 the focus at Rosecroft has been on directing racing opportunities and increasing purses towards Maryland horses and horsemen.  Penn National Gaming has established a preference system benefitting Maryland horsemen racing at Rosecroft that provides for maximum opportunity for Maryland connected horses.   Horses with a Maryland connection now enjoy a 100% entry preference at Rosecroft Raceway—a first in the industry and the only racetrack in Maryland to offer such consideration to Maryland’s horsemen.   This current race meet over 80% of the purses earned have been directed to horses and horsemen under this Maryland preference system.

“We felt it was in the horsemen’s best interest to announce our intentions for next year early so they can make their racing plans and have some stability for next year. We are looking forward to working with CSOA to develop a long term strategy for Rosecroft,” McErlean concluded.    Formal submission of the 2015 racing dates will be submitted to the Maryland Racing Commission in early October.

Rosecroft will kick off the meet with a special “Back to the Track” promotion on Saturday, September 13 and will continue every Tuesday and Saturday evening through December 13.     Post time is 6:40 p.m.   The condition sheet for the first two nights of racing are now posted at www.rosecroft.com.

Rosecroft Condition Sheets Posted for Opening Nights for Summer-Fall Meet Including Conditions for the Prep Races for the Maryland Sire Stakes

Contact:
Christopher McErlean
Vice President – Racing
Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Christopher.mcerlean@pngaming.com
717-469-3313

(Fort Washington, MD—September 8, 2014)  Rosecroft Raceway 27-night Summer-Fall meet will kick off with a special “Back to the Track” promotion on Saturday, September 13 and will continue every Tuesday and Saturday evening through December 13.   Post time is 6:40 p.m.   The condition sheet for the first two nights of racing are now posted at www.rosecroft.com.

Rosecroft will continue to emphasize its on-going commitment to rebuild the Standardbred industry in Maryland by continuing to offer a 100% preference to Maryland connected horses in all races.    The summer-fall meet will also feature a purse increase of approximately 5% in all race categories bringing the nightly purse average to over $70,000 including Maryland preferred bonus opportunities.

Horsemen are encouraged to submit their racing applications as soon as possible as all rosters must be on file and horses approved prior to participating at Rosecroft.  Rosecroft is also moving to a direct deposit system for purse payments to provide horsemen quicker access to their earnings and all financial paperwork must be provided prior to purse payments being issued.

One special focus at the beginning of the summer-fall meet will be newly added prep races for 2 and 3 year-old Maryland Sires Stakes eligible horses.  The three-year-old divisions will be raced on September 13 and the two-year-old division will be raced on September 16.   Each prep race will go for a purse of $3,000.

Horsemen may contact Sharon Roberts or Gina Maybee in the CSOA office with questions or for help at 301-567-9636 or the racing office at 301-567-4401.   Racing applications and direct deposit authorizations are available at www.rosecroft.com or through the CSOA office and should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Rosecroft Raceway Prepares for Fall Meet in 65th Season Special Maryland Sires Stakes Races Scheduled to Start the Fall Meet

(Fort Washington, MD—August 11, 2014) Rosecroft Raceway will continue live harness racing with a Fall meet at Rosecroft scheduled to begin on September 13, 2014.

Rosecroft will continue to emphasize its on-going commitment to rebuild the Standardbred industry in Maryland by continuing to offer a 100% preference to Maryland connected horses in all races.

“We are committed to Maryland racing and helping to rebuild this industry,” said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, parent company of Rosecroft Raceway. “We are working side by side in conjunction with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to revive Standardbred racing in Maryland,” McErlean continued.

One special focus at the beginning of the 2014 will be newly added prep races for 2 and 3 year old Maryland Sires Stakes eligible horses. The two year old divisions will be raced on September 16 and the 3 year old division will be raced on September 13. Each prep race will go for a purse of $3,000.

“Horsemen understand that Maryland must have a strong breeding industry to survive. The efforts of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to promote growth the Maryland Sire Stakes program are admirable and Rosecroft is pleased to see the growth and attention it is now receiving. I am very happy for our racetrack to play a part in this renewal working with MSBA,” concluded McErlean.

Maryland Standardbred Breeders President Dan Myer said, “One again Rosecroft has come through for the Maryland Breeding industry. We are very pleased to be working with the Rosecroft team to promote the Maryland Sires Stakes.” Horsemen who are interested in learning more about breeding in Maryland or participating in our program may contact Dan Myer at 410-603-1585 or visit the website at www.mdbreeders.org.

Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association President Tom Cooke offered the following comment, “We are very pleased to be working together with our colleagues from MSBA and wish to acknowledge our appreciation for Penn National Gaming and Rosecroft. Penn National has continued to operate Rosecroft under difficult financial situations and their commitment to the Maryland Standardbred horsemen has been fantastic. We are anxious to do our part in helping this partnership continue so Maryland racing thrives.”

The 2014 Rosecroft live racing meet will continue through December 13. Horsemen may contact Sharon Roberts or Gina Maybee in the CSOA office with questions or for help at 301-567-9636. Racing applications are available on line or through the CSOA office and should be submitted by August 25th.

2013 Annual Awards Banquet

Two Year Old Pacing Colt/Gelding

Spinout - Grace Myer & Gary Humphreys

Spinout – Grace Myer & Gary Humphreys

SPINOUT
Spun Out – J K Empress
Owned by Gary Humphreys
Breeder – Gary Humphreys / A. Daniel Myer

Two Year Old Trotting Colt/Gelding

Doc Banning - William 'Bib' Roberts

Doc Banning – William ‘Bib’ Roberts

DOC BANNING – Trot Colt
You Betcha – Anniebobs
Owned by Sharon Roberts
Breeder – Thomas & Linda Winebrener

Two Year Old Pacing Filly

Coming Out On Top - Michael Hans

Coming Out On Top – Michael Hans

COMING OUT ON TOP – Pace Filly
Cam’s Rocket – Mary Hail A Cab
Owned by Michael Hans
Breeder – Michael Hans

Two Year Old Trotting Filly

Ruby Rayne - William Long & the Robinson Family

Ruby Rayne – William Long & the Robinson Family

RUBY RAYNE – Trot Filly
Doggone Yankee – Lady Leah Jane
Owned by Dale Massey
Breeders – William Long

Three Year Old Pacing Colt/Gelding

Firecracker Freddy - Sandra Hans

Firecracker Freddy – Sandra Hans

FIRECRACKER FREDDY – Pace Colt
Cam’s Rocket – So Advanced
Owned by Roger Hans
Breeder – Roger Hans

Three Year Old Trotting Colt/Gelding

Perfect Tententen - Elam Petersheim & Wife

Perfect Tententen – Elam Petersheim & Wife

PERFECT TENTENTEN – Trot Colt
Straight Up Lindy – Dundee Lane
Owned by E. Petersheim
Breeder – Meadow Creek Stables LLC

Three Year Old Pacing Filly

Bonnie Ben Jamin - Judy Welty

Bonnie Ben Jamin – Judy Welty

BONNIE BEN JAMIN – Pace Filly
Cam’s Rocket – Jamin J
Owned by Brian Emerson
Breeder – Brian Emerson

Pacing Sire

Cam's Rocket - Richard Hans

Cam’s Rocket – Richard Hans

CAM’S ROCKET
Thomas B. Cooke & Roger B. Hans

Trotting Sire

Straight Up Lindy - Elam Petersheim

Straight Up Lindy – Elam Petersheim

STRAIGHT UP LINDY
Jason S. Leid

Aged Pacer

Southern Allie - Ginny Marvel, Kasey Bendix, & Jerry Nock

Southern Allie – Ginny Marvel, Kasey Bendix, & Jerry Nock

SOUTHERN ALLIE
Breeder – John R. Tignor

Aged Trotter

Sound The Belle - Nick & Dolly Callahan & Emee

Sound The Belle – Nick & Dolly Callahan & Emee


SOUND THE BELLE

Breeder – Nicholas I. Callahan

Special Achievement

Racing Naked - Cindy & Walter Callahan

Racing Naked – Cindy & Walter Callahan

RACING NAKED
Breeder – William M. Camp, Jr.

President’s Award

President's Award - MSBA President Dan Myer, Gina Maybee, & Sunny Chaudhry

President’s Award – MSBA President Dan Myer, Gina Maybee, & Sunny Chaudhry

Gina Maybee

MSBA would like to Thank Best Bet Photos / Ed Cioffioni for the Finish Line photos.

First ever 4- and 5-year-old Sires Stakes to be raced at Rosecroft

Salisbury, MD — History will be made at Rosecroft Raceway as the inaugural Maryland Sires Stakes 4- and 5-year-old divisions take place on Saturday (April 26).

These extended races were approved by the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Advisory Board as a way of adding value to the slots enhanced Maryland Sires Stakes program.

This foundation will now be in place for when the two largest facilities that are being built are added to the four existing casinos in the state of Maryland.

Dan Myer, president of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association, said, “This special 4- and 5-year-old program is evidence of a program that is growing and we hope that these value added races will entice breeders from around the country to take a look at the Maryland Sires Stakes program.”

Breeding season is well underway in Maryland with a tremendous selection of quality pacing and trotting sires available to fit any breeding program. Any prospective breeder may get more information by viewing the newly revised website at www.mdbreeders.org or by contacting MSBA president Dan Myer at 410.603.1585.

All Standardbred Show at Maryland State Fair

For the first time ever in a state dominated by Thoroughbreds, we are proud to announce the All Standardbred Horse Show at the Maryland State Fair on August 25 and 26.

This show is open to all states. There are enough stalls to stable 150 horses and an appreciable amount of prize money thanks to the state of Maryland, Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association, and MD Breeders Association.

Click on this link to register.

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. There are 32 classes in all.

The prize list is as follows:

Prize Money/Class 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th  Conformation-40-30-20-15-13-12  Performance-40-30-20-15-13-12    Showmanship, Equitation and Lead Line-Award and 10 ribbons

Please show your support and join us this year.

by Teresa Willabus

MSBA Board of Directors Meeting with Special Guest Speaker

President Dan Myer has called a meeting of the board of directors for April 7, 2014 at 6:00p.m. at the Grasonville VFW, in Grasonville, MD.  (Please note change in time and location)
We will be having a special guest speaker from the State Highway Authority that will speak on Maryland regulations on trailers and trailering.  Click to download the publication on Maryland Regulations on Transporting Horses provided by the University of Maryland Extension.
The meeting will be open for all and we encourage horsemen and women to attend to learn more about Maryland Regulation on trailers and trailering.