MSBA Board Meeting – January 25th

President Dan Myer has called a meeting of the Board of Directors for Monday, January 25, 2016 at 5:00p.m.

Holiday Inn Express – Kent Island / Grasonville
1020 Kent Narrows Rd.
Grasonville, MD 21638

January 25, 2016 – Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express – Kent Island / Grasonville

  1. Approval of the Minutes
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Administrator – Cheri Stambaugh
  4. Election
  5. 2016 Stallion Book
  6. Actions taken on September 24, 2015
    1. Waiver of Notice
    2. Prince George’s Racing Ventures, LLC Contract
  7. Director’s Poll
  8. New Business
  9. Old Business
  10. Adjournment

We will keep you updated on any changes due to weather…

The Maryland Stallion Directory 2016

Dear Friends:

As you know the resurgence of the Maryland Standardbred breeding industry has been a tremendous benefit to commercial breeders, stallion owners, horsemen, farms, breeding and foaling facilities, veterinarians and feed stores.  The growth to our industry is very encouraging.

We all depend on the continued strength of our industry to make a living and all have a vested interest in seeing Standardbred breeding continue to grow in Maryland.

The Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association’s primary function is to promote breeding in Maryland with a particular emphasis on the Maryland Sire Stakes program.  This year, the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association will be producing the Maryland Stallion Directory 2016 for the first time.

We believe we need to showcase and promote the exciting stallions we have standing in Maryland. The Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association we will be going the extra mile producing a high quality directory to promote our Maryland based stallions.

This is a costly, time consuming endeavor to produce a high quality directory.  However, this 8 ½ x 11 booklet showcasing the stallions standing in Maryland is a vital tool to grow our breeding business in Maryland.

It is very clear that we need a directory of this nature to effectively compete with the high quality marketing material in other states so we are taking on this endeavor for the first time so we can properly promote breeding in Maryland.

The directory will have pedigrees for all stallions standing in the state for free.

However, pedigrees just don’t tell the entire story.  The Maryland Stallion Directory for 2016 offers stallion owners an opportunity to showcase your stallion and we encourage all stallion owners to participate.

It is also very important that we promote the outstanding partners in the industry such as veterinarians, breeding and foaling facilities, feed stores and other industry participants.  We encourage every partner to participate by buying an advertisement to promote their horse related services and farms to our industry.

Click Here for a list of advertising opportunities available to you.   We hope you will participate by advertising in The Maryland Stallion Directory 2016 and keep in mind that we can even help design your ad for you if you do not one have ready made.

If you have any questions you can contact Gina Maybee at 301-512-3552 or mdbreeders@live.com .  But please remember the deadline to reserve your space is December 30, 2015.

SRF Seeks Breeding Donations

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For 26 years the most important annual fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) is the donation and sale of breedings.  Dedicated to Standardbreds exclusively, SRF has 208 trotters and pacers in need of homes, nearly 200% more than any other organization.

Donations are tax-deductible and help rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt and follow-up on every adoption for life, as well as support SRF’s Youth Programs.  To gift or purchase breedings please contact Tammy at 732-446-4422, or email at Admin@srfmail.com.

An auction of the breedings is scheduled for onGait.com from 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 26th through 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 28th. Bids will also be gladly accepted by contacting SRF at 732-446-4422.

Final Approval to MSS and MSRF Regulations

Final Approval was given by the MRC at the March 17, 2015 MRC Meeting concerning changes to the MSS and MSRF Regulations, after no comments during the public comment period.

09.10.02.43 U(1)(c) 55 percent, 30 percent, and 15 percent to the first three finishers, respectively, if only three horses finish;

09.10.02.53 AA(1)(c) 55 percent, 30 percent, and 15 percent to the first three finishers, respectively, if only three horses finish;

09.10.02.43 K(2)(b)

Age and Gait Time
2-year-old pace 2:08
2-year-old trot 2:10
3-year-old pace 2:07
3-year-old trot 2:09

09.10.02.53 O(2)(b)

Age and Gait Time
2-year-old pace 2:08
2-year-old trot 2:10
3-year-old pace 2:07
3-year-old trot 2:09
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Standardbreds at the Maryland Horse World Expo

Cloverleaf SOA, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association and Rosecroft Raceway are participating in the 19th Annual Maryland Horse World Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium Maryland January 16 – 18, 2015.  Show hours are 12 noon–8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission for each day is $10 (adults) and $5 (children ages 6-12).

The group’s booths will be located in the Cow Palace B-18 – B-20 with a variety of brochures, equipment and other informational pieces to showcase Standardbreds on and off the track to the equine community. For more information concerning the 19th annual Maryland Horse World Expo please visit: http://www.horseworldexpo.com/MDevents.shtml

Thanks to the efforts by volunteer Teresa Willabus and Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program, Standardbreds will be hosted in various venues throughout the weekend.

Friday’s Event Participation:
Parade of Breeds at 12:15pm
Equitainment at 4:00pm
Celebration of Gait at 6:45pm

Saturday Event Participation:
Equitainment at 4:00pm
Parade of Breeds at 6:00pm

Sunday Even Participation:
Trail Champion Challenge at 9:00am
Equitainment at 1:00pm
Parade of Breeds at 3:10pm

Thanks to the USTA for providing us with many of the informational pieces we will have available.

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.