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Stronach Era To Start At Rosecroft

Published: September 12, 2016 2:46 pm ET

Last Comment: September 18, 2016 7:46 am ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Rosecroft, which has hosted the biggest stars in harness racing during its 67-year history, begins a new era Tuesday evening (September 13) when it opens its fall meet under the new ownership of The Stronach Group, parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club.

The track that has hosted champions such as Forrest Skipper, Mack Lobell, Camtastic and Cams Card Shark, along with the sport’s most accomplished horsemen, opens with a 12-race program beginning at 6:40 p.m.

The sixth-race feature, a $12,000 pace featuring a field of seven, includes millionaire Feel Like A Fool, Diamondkeeper, Rock On Precious and Rock N Roll Jet.

While Sal Sinatra, the president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said he hopes to learn and observe during the fall meet, the Maryland Jockey Club is already investing money in the facility and moving ahead with some changes.

A high-definition, 21-by-30 television is being installed in the infield to replace the old tote board. A new starting gate will be unveiled opening night, and a new Pick-5 wager with a low 12 per cent takeout will also make its debut Tuesday evening. Superfectas, trifectas and exactas will be offered on every race. Two daily doubles will also be offered.

“We’re going to observe and learn this fall at Rosecroft, much like we did when we first arrived at Laurel,” said Sinatra, who arrived in Maryland in December of 2014. “We want to learn the habits of our customers, what they like and don’t like, and what needs to be improved.

“We think the new infield television, along with a high-definition broadcast, will provide our fans a much crisper broadcast. The horsemen have reacted well to the newly-paved paddock. We’ll have a new tote system, and we’ll also have a new starting gate. We think the Pick-5 with a low 12 per cent takeout will also be welcomed by our fans. We think this will be popular since most races will have nine starters.”

The Maryland Jockey Club will also try to grow Rosecroft’s presence by featuring its simulcasts at its Thoroughbred and off-track facilities in-state, as well as outside the state. For instance, for the first time since 2008 Rosecroft’s races will be shown in Florida, home of The Stronach Group’s Gulfstream Park.

“We’re really excited about the fall meet at Rosecroft,” Sinatra said. “We want to increase export sites, introduce more fans and bettors to the great sport of harness racing, and we look forward to working closely with the horsemen.”

(Rosecroft Raceway)

September 18, 2016 - 7:46 amSorry Mr. Mobley I am afraid

Sorry Mr. Mobley I am afraid you have it wrong. Neither Mr Sinatra nor Mr. Stronach for that matter want to "introduce more fans to the sport of harness racing". They want the "fans/bettors" to go to their track and wager in their pools and not go to or wager at other tracks. In fairness to them that is really the same at all tracks. This beggar your neighbour policy/tactic has hardly helped the sport. If the sport want's to look at a template/model that is the best in the world from the point of view of promoting fan interest and profiting the game/sport/participants they could do worse than follow the National Football League Model!

September 13, 2016 - 11:21 amIf Mr. Sinatra "wants to

Mike Mobley SAID...

If Mr. Sinatra "wants to introduce more fans to the sport of harness racing" as he says, I would like to know how he plans to do it. A new gimmick bet and a large HD TV certainly won't accomplish a thing. I live in the Washington DC metro area, where Rosecroft is located. The track does no advertising and runs no promotions whatsoever, unless you consider offering a beer special on two nights that the track is dark to be a promotion. I haven't been to Rosecroft since 2007, and not a thing that Mr. Sinatra has proposed has excited me.

September 12, 2016 - 8:19 pmExciting to see ownership

Exciting to see ownership actually marketing their product! Something you don't see much in harness racing right now...

September 12, 2016 - 7:21 pmalways love 5/8 mile harness

jim cauchon SAID...

always love 5/8 mile harness racing frank.....but you gotta fix something for the canadians like me playing....20cent wagering availibility supers, etc.

until you do that, rosecroft, like ocean downs..just a pretty picture on sea of screens..

unplayable sitting in champions telethatre n toronto.

jctoronto


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