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Penn National applies for Rosecroft license

May 07, 2011

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The Standardbred industry received great news on Friday when Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced that it had submitted an application to the Maryland Racing Commission for a license to operate Rosecroft Raceway.

Penn National’s application proposes to resume operations at Rosecroft on July 1, 2011 with standardbred and quarter horse simulcasting.  Penn National will offer 20 days of live racing in 2011 and 54 days of live racing in 2012.

 House Bill 1039 provides for the expanding of simulcast operations to include thoroughbred races at Rosecroft.  The legislation requires binding arbitration if an agreement for simulcasting of thoroughbred races is not reached between Penn National and the Maryland Jockey Club by October 1, 2011.

Ralph Hayward, President of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association said, “We are delighted that Penn National has applied for their license and look forward to them resuming operations at Rosecroft.  The MSBA feels very fortunate to have a company with the strength and experience of Penn National working with us to revive and rebuild the Standardbred industry in Maryland.”

Thomas Cooke, President of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association stated, “The horsemen in the state of Maryland welcome Penn National and look forward to working with them closely to provide opportunities for Maryland horsemen.  They are committed to live racing, expanding days and working with us to make the future bright.  We look forward to being a fully engaged partner with them.  The industry can be revived in Maryland with a team effort”.

Kelley Rogers, President of Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc. said, “This is a great day for the standardbred industry in Maryland.  We are on track to putting our horseman and track employees back to work.   We are also appreciative of the support of the Governor, our local legislative delegation and other Members of the Maryland legislature for their support of House Bill 1039.  Penn National is a great partner and a great company. We appreciate their commitment to Maryland, Prince George’s County, Rosecroft and live racing.”

Penn National Gaming, Inc. holds licenses to conduct racing and/or gaming is 18 states and Canada. (CSOA)
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