Family Affair At Rosecroft Opener

When live racing returns to Rosecroft Raceway on Friday night after a three-year absence, it will be something of a homecoming for the Offutt family.

“It’s a family thing,” said Offutt, a 58-year-old Woodsboro, Maryland resident. “My dad raced there a lot of years. I was 18 when I started driving there. I’ve been there a lot of years. It’s real good having it open up again. It was pretty tough on us when the track closed. That’s where we were making money to keep going here, paying bills.”

“The entire staff has worked very hard to get this facility back into shape,” said Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming Inc. “We are excited to bring live racing back and to bring employment opportunities to the local community.”

Friday’s opening night features 10 races. Admission and parking are free.

“Penn National has been great. We couldn’t ask for better partners in racing than Penn National.”

“I just want to go over there and support them,” Bier said. “Hopefully, they’ll get the ball rolling and be successful. It would be nice to have another track in the area.

Penn National, which will offer a 54-date meet at Rosecroft in 2012, is hoping to get slots at the track in the future.

“It saves on fuel and mileage and wear and tear,” said Chris Offutt, one of Joe Offutt’s sons. “I drive at the (Pennsylvania) fairs for my dad most of the summer. But this is where my dad started out; that’s how he made a go of it. And it helps us get a start, too, the younger generation.”

“That would be nice,” Offutt said, adding with a laugh, “Hopefully, we’ll make some money.”

(reprinted with permission from Harness Racing Communications)