Fort Washington, MD --- The Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association is reminding all Maryland horsemen that Rosecroft opens for the spring meet on March 9 and that they should immediately submit their applications for racing privileges and their roster of horses.
Applications for racing privileges and horse rosters can be found at Rosecroft’s website, www.rosecroft.com, or by contacting the CSOA office at 301.567.9636.
“It is very important that our Maryland horsemen fill the box at Rosecroft for the upcoming spring meet. We need horsemen to be diligent about turning in their applications and rosters. We are encouraging our horsemen to complete and submit their paperwork now so our Race Secretary can continue his preparations for our spring meet,” said Thomas Cooke, president of CSOA.
“The condition sheet contains several positive changes for Maryland connected horses and we are grateful that Penn National/Rosecroft are so committed to rebuilding Maryland racing and providing opportunities for Maryland horsemen. Again, I want to stress the importance of every horsemen completing and submitting their roster and application as soon as possible.”
Some of the new changes include:
Any race with a minimum of seven separate Maryland Preferred (defined as a Maryland owned, sired, trained or foaled horse) betting interests will be closed to those Maryland Preferred horses.
Any closed Maryland Preferred race with eight or more separate betting interests will compete for a 10 percent premium to the advertised purse.
Any non-Maryland Preferred horses that did not start at Rosecroft in their last start may not be eligible to enter a race lower than the non-winners of $3,000 in last three starts condition.
The lowest money conditioned event (non-winners of $750 in last three starts) requires a horse to have finished at least fifth in one of its last five pari-mutuel starts. This condition will carry the lowest purse on the condition sheet at $3,000.
A winners over $4,000 in the last three starts event will be carded for both Maryland Preferred horses (with a $7,000 purse) and for open participants (with a $6,000 purse). A separate winners over event will be written for male and female pacers, as well as trotters.
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.
The next qualifier at Rosecroft is scheduled for 12 noon on Friday (March 1); the box will close Thursday (Feb. 28) at 3 p.m.