Live racing returns to Rosecroft Oct. 24 after a Sunday program that was halted after the sixth race because of a blown transformer that left the homestretch without lighting. The Open I and “winner’s over” paces were among the seven races that had to be canceled.
The racing and gaming industries became closely linked in the early 1990s when state legislatures and in some cases voters approved casino-style gambling at racetracks. In Maryland, only one track has a casino but all six casinos generate revenue for purses.
The last of the Maryland Sire Stakes finals for 2-year-olds on Oct. 3 produced three divisional speed records in the series and gave two trotters a sweep of the big-money events in the state. The finals at Rosecroft and Ocean Downs each went for $67,000.
Classifying races isn’t as simple as it used to be for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact it was common for harness tracks to race five or six programs a week because the horse population, and an appetite for betting, warranted such schedules.