Rosecroft Opens Sunday, Set for Expanded Spring Schedule
Three-Day Harness Week Begins March 18
Live Racing on Kentucky Derby, Preakness Days
Foster Starts Drive for Third Consecutive Title
FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft kicks off its 34-day spring harness meet Sunday evening with an expanded schedule and live racing on Kentucky Derby Day and Preakness Day.
The spring meet will be Rosecroft’s second live meet under The Stronach Group, the parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club, which completed purchase of the 67-year-old facility in August. The Stronach Group quickly invested in Rosecroft with a new high-definition, 21-by-30 television in the infield, a new pace car, and the inaugural running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace, the first $100,000 race to be contested at Rosecroft in nearly 10 years.
Rosecroft will race Sunday and Tuesday the weeks of March 5 and March 12 with a 4:40 p.m. post on Sunday and a 6:40 p.m. post on Tuesday. They will go to a three-day week beginning March 19 with a Wednesday post time of 6:40 p.m.
Rosecroft will also add Saturday programs on April 15, May 6 (Kentucky Derby Day), and May 20 (Preakness Day). Post time on Saturdays will be announced shortly.
“We’re excited about the spring meet and efforts to reinvigorate Standardbred racing in Maryland,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We think the additional race dates will welcomed by our fans, and we hope to build the fan base through our off-track betting facilities. Installing a new infield board and the inaugural Potomac Pace were a good start last fall. We’ll continue listening to our guests and horsemen to improve the facility and racing.”
Returning to Rosecroft will be driver Russell Foster, who shared last year’s spring driving title with Jonathan Roberts and the fall driving title with Roger Plante Jr.
“I’m excited to be back over there,” said Foster, who recently received the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association’s Horizon Award, presented to the horseman making outstanding progress during the year. “We’ve had a couple horses who have done well over there and it’s a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid. I’m looking forward to it.”