Fort Washington, MD --- Live racing will return Saturday (March 9) to Rosecroft Raceway with several significant changes, most impressive of which is an average daily purse schedule that will be $50,000 per card, an increase of 33 percent from the last race meet which ended Dec. 22, 2012.
“The infusion of funds from gaming throughout the state is the largest reason for the change, along with a managed approach to increasing purses to allow local horsemen to compete and continue to upgrade their racing stock going forward,” said Rosecroft Racing secretary Mike Wandishin.
The condition sheet for the March 9 and 12 race dates is now available at www.rosecroft.com and features several changes including:
As was the practice last meet, entry preferences in all races will be granted to any horse that is Maryland owned, sired, trained or foaled.
Horsemen are advised to download and submit to the racing office the 2013 Rosecroft racing applications as soon as possible. The applications can be found in the Horsemen’s section of the track’s website.
“The updates to our condition sheet provide several additional opportunities to showcase Maryland horses and horsemen,” said Wandishin. “The new condition sheet should be much cleaner and easier for all horsemen to follow and provide ample opportunities for a competitive racing program.”
Rosecroft will conduct qualifiers on Saturday (Feb. 23) and Friday (March 1) at 12 noon. Entries for qualifiers will close at 3 p.m. the day prior. Any horse that raced at Rosecroft in December 2012 and was not placed on the Judges list will not have to qualify for their first start in 2013 at Rosecroft. All other horses are subject to the 30 day rule.