The Rebuilding of the Standardbred Industry Continues In Maryland

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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.”

CSOA Board of Directors Meeting Notice

C.S.O.A. will be holding a board meeting, Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00pm at the VFW in Grasonville, MD.

As always we encourage all members to attend!

Meeting Agenda:

  • PGRV/CSOA Contract Update
  • OD/CSOA Contract Update
  • OD 2014 Meet Update
  • Legislative Update
  • Maryland Residency
  • Update on Trial Testing at Rosecroft
  • MSBA Update
  • CSOA Banquet Date
  • New Business

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

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.

Special Maryland Sires Stakes Races Scheduled to Start Rosecroft Summer-Fall Meet

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

Special Maryland Sires Stakes Races Scheduled to Start Rosecroft Summer-Fall Meet

(Fort Washington, MD—September 3, 2014)  Rosecroft Raceway will continue live harness racing with a Summer-Fall meet scheduled to begin on September 13.  Post time is 6:40 p.m.    Qualifiers are scheduled for this coming Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m.    entries for qualifiers will be taking Friday, September 5 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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.

“Horsemen are encouraged to submit their racing applications as soon as possible” said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, parent company of Rosecroft Raceway.   “We are looking forward to another great meet at Rosecroft as we work to build on the successes of our previous meets.  We are also moving to a direct deposit system for purse payments to provide our horsemen quicker access to their earnings this meet as well,” McErlean continued.

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.

“This special set of prep races was scheduled in a joint effort between Rosecroft, the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association and the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association to further promote the Maryland Sires Stakes program.  The efforts of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to promote growth the Maryland Sire Stakes program are admirable,” McErlean added.

The 2014 Rosecroft live racing meet will continue through December 13 with live racing every Tuesday and Saturday and a 6:40 p.m. post time.     Condition sheets for the September 13 opener and Tuesday September 16 have been posted.   Opening night will feature “Back to the Track” festivities including a free t-short giveaway to the first 400 guests starting at 6 p.m.

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.

Our mailing address is:
Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association
P.O. Box 156
Temple Hills, MD 20748

CSOA E-Newsletter – August


Cloverleaf S.O.A. would like to remind horsemen that Racing Applications and Direct Deposit Authorization Forms need to be turned into either Rosecroft Raceway or Cloverleaf S.O.A. as soon as possible.

To Download the Racing Applications click here

To Download the Direct Deposit Authorization Form click here


 


On Saturday, August 23, 2014 the Shenandoah County Fair Association Board of Directors officially celebrated the introduction of their new Equine Facility.

The Shenandoah County Fair Association is also seeking donations through individuals or business’s for a one time opportunity of naming rights to a horse stall.  Each Stall can be sponsored for a gift of $1000.

Each donor will receive an attractive engraved plaque mounted on their stalls.

For More Information see attached flyer: SCFA Horse Barn Stall Donor


Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association sponsored the All Standardbred Show at the Maryland State Fair. The show took place on August 25, 2014.  We are happy to announce that we will be welcomed back in 2015.  So start training your standardbreds now!

 


 

On September 9, 2014 the Maryland Standardbred Industry will have the opportunity to meet with their representatives of the Maryland Racing Commission to discuss issues concerning the Maryland Sire Stakes.

Date:  September 9, 2014
Time: 6:00p.m.
Location: Grasonville VFW – Grasonville, MD

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Equine Barn Dedication

On Saturday, August 23, 2014 the Shanahdoah County Fair Association Board of Directors officially celebrated the introduction of their new Equine Facility.

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Equine Barn

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Barn Dedication

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Equine Barn Dedication

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Equine Barn Dedication

Charles H. Robbins, Sr. Equine Barn DedicationThe Shenandoah County Fair Association is also seeking donations through individuals or business’s for a one time opportunity of naming rights to a horse stall.  Each Stall can be sponsored for a gift of $1000.

Each donor will receive an attractive engraved plaque mounted on their stalls.

For More Information see attched flyer: SCFA Horse Barn Stall Donor

 

CSOA’s August Newsletter

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.

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Included in this newsletter:

Important Information on the Upcoming Rosecroft Meet
New TCO2 Testing Procedures
Multiple Medication Violation Point System

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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.