Tonight begins a new chapter of the Rosecroft history as the harness track in Fort Washington opens its fall meet under the new ownership of The Stronach Group. The Stronach Group is the parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club, thus owning Pimlico and Laurel Park as well. Opening night begins at 6:40 p.m. with a 12-race program. The 6th race of the night features millionaires Feel Like A Fool, Diamondkeeper, Rock On Precious and Rock N’ Roll Jet.
The Maryland Jockey Club has already begun investing funds in the facility and moving ahead with some changes. Improvements include a high-definition, 21-by-30 television to replace the old tote board on the infield, a new starting gate being unveiled opening night, and a new Pick 5 wager with a low 12-percent takeout. Superfectas, trifectas and exactas will be offered on every race with two daily doubles also being offered.
“We’re going to observe and learn this fall at Rosecroft, much like we did when we first arrived at Laurel,” said MJC president and general manager Sal Sinatra. “We want to learn the habits of our customers, what they like and don’t like, and what needs to be improved.”
The Maryland Jockey Club will also try to grow Rosecroft’s presence by featuring simulcasts of Thoroughbred and off-track facilities in-state, as well as outside the state.