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

Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association Special Guest Speaker

On April 7, 2014 the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association has invited Mr. Duane Pearce of the Maryland State Highway Administration to speak at their meeting concerning Maryland Regulations on Transporting Horses.

We encourage all horsemen and women to attend and listen to Mr. Pearce and get answers to any questions you may have concerning regulations and how they affect you.

Where:  Grasonville VFW – 203 Vfw Ave, Grasonville, MD 21638
When: April 7, 2014 at 6:30p.m.

Click here for a publication provided by the University of Maryland Extension concerning Transporting Horses and Maryland Regulations


Rosecroft to host qualifiers Feb. 22 and March 1

Fort Washington, MD — The first qualifying session for the 2014 Winter-Spring meet at Rosecroft will take place this Saturday (Feb. 22) at 11 a.m.

Entries will be accepted starting at 8 a.m. the Friday before qualifers (Feb. 21 and Feb. 28) by the Rosecroft racing office at 301.567.4435 or 301.564.4401.   A second qualifying day will be held Saturday (March 1) at 11 a.m.

The opening night of the 2014 season will be Saturday (March 8). Live racing will be conducted every Tuesday and Saturday evening through June 7 with a post time of 6:40 p.m.

Following each of the pre-meet qualifying days Rosecroft will allow horsemen to train on the five-eighths-mile oval up to 3 p.m. Horsemen must call the Rosecroft racing office on Friday (Feb. 21) and Friday (Feb. 28) by 12 noon to indicate if they plan to train horses and provide the names of the horses to be shipped in for training.

Depending on demand the number of horses per trainer may be limited at the discretion of the racing secretary. All normal Rosecroft ship-in requirements will be in effect for these training sessions.

“We know this has been a severe winter for everyone, especially horsemen attempting to get their horses in proper racing shape for the upcoming meet,” said racing secretary Peter Hanley. “Cloverleaf SOA was instrumental in working with us to help accommodate the local horsemen.”

Any horse that last started at Rosecroft in December 2013 will not be subject to the 45-day qualifying rule for their first start in 2014 (or through March 29), as long as they were not put on the qualifying list in their last pari-mutuel start. For all other horses a 45-day qualifying standard will be in effect up through March 29, when it will go to a 30-day qualifying rule.

Horsemen are also reminded to submit their 2014 racing application to the race office as soon as possible. Race entries will not be accepted on any horses who have not been previously submitted for approval by the racing office. Racing applications are available at under the Horsemen section.

C.S.O.A. Annual Meeting has been cancelled

Cloverleaf SOA’s Annual Meeting scheduled for this Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Grasonville, MD is CANCELLED due to the impending snow storm and the concern for people traveling to the meeting.

Every effort will be made to reschedule the meeting to next week. We are working on a new date now.

The Annual Awards Banquet for CSOA & MSBA is on for February 15, 2014. It is just about sold out. A few tickets remain – call CSOA at 301-567-9636.

Rosecroft Winter-Spring Meet Begins March 8th

Purse increase, New Maryland Bonus program to be implemented

(Fort Washington, MD – February 09, 2014) A continued increase in purses, a new bonus system for Maryland horses and a new post time will be on tap for Rosecroft’s 27-night winter-spring meet which opens Saturday, March 8.

“We expect a minimum 10% increase in purses when we start back this meet and could be looking at additional increases during the meet,” said Peter Hanley, returning to his second meet as Racing Secretary at Rosecroft. Average daily purses at Rosecroft were approximately $67,000 at the conclusion of the 2013 fall-winter meet.

In addition, a new bonus program will be in effect for horses and horsemen meeting the “Maryland Preferred” criteria. All Maryland owned horses, horses bred or sired in Maryland or Maryland resident trainers will earn an additional 15% bonus on top of any purse earnings. “We ended up last meet with over 80% of our horses meeting the Maryland preference,” said Hanley, “and this change should give even more inventive for Maryland horses and horsemen to compete at Rosecroft.”

“The Maryland horsemen are very excited about the upcoming spring meet at Rosecroft, said Thomas Cooke, President of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association. “We are grateful for Penn National’s commitment to the Maryland Standardbred industry and the new Maryland preferred bonus system added with the 100% Maryland preferred entry preference is of significant benefit as we rebuild the Maryland Standardbred Industry,” added Cooke.

Dan Myer, President of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association added, “The key to building a strong breeding industry in Maryland is the continued operation of Rosecroft Raceway. This year we have seen a tremendous growth in breeders and owners wishing to participate in our Maryland Sires Stakes program. We appreciate our partner, Penn National, helping us add value to breeding in Maryland.”

Racing applications for the new meet are now posted on-line at Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. Draws will be held Wednesdays (for Saturday) and Thursdays (for Tuesday) with the box opening at 8 a.m. each day. Two qualifying dates have been set – Saturday, February 22 and Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. each day. “Given the tough winter these two qualifying dates should help get our available horse population ready for the upcoming meet,” said Hanley.

A new 6:40 p.m. post time will be in place for the new meet. Live racing will be conducted every Tuesday and Saturday night through June 7. Harness and Thoroughbred simulcasts are available day and night, seven days a week. Admission and parking are always free.

MRC Implements New Contract to Enhance Safety of Horses and Athletes

BALTIMORE, MD (February 6, 2014) – In Maryland’s continuing effort to comply with the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication and Drug Testing program which requires laboratories to be fully accredited, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a 5-year contract with Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin California on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Truesdail Laboratories will perform the analytical analysis of all urine and blood specimens taken from horses competing in Maryland races.
More…  Click Here

To check out the new Drug Regulations click here