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Rosecroft Raceway

Rosecroft Raceway is a harness horse racing track located in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in the United States.

William E. Miller, a noted harness racer and horse breeder in the mid-20th century founded Rosecroft Raceway in 1947.[1][2] It was the only known raceway to be owned by horse owners, horse trainers, and jockeys.[1]

Rosecroft was originally the W.E. Miller Stables.[3] It was located next to the Rosecroft Stock Farm, where horses were bred.[3] For many years, Rosecroft Raceway held an annual sale of yearling Standardbred horses bred in Maryland.[4] It also hosted the annual Sire Stake Races to promote the best of Maryland-bred horses.[5]

Rosecroft announced it would close on July 1, 2010.[6][7] The track had had several owners in the past few years, had stopped hosting live harness racing, and then lost it license to broadcast thoroughbred races.[6][7] Live racing ended in 2009, and the track relied on the simulcasts and revenue from off-track betting.[6] After losing $30 million in 2009, Cloverleaf Enterprises (the track's current owner) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2009.[7] Mark Vogel, one of Rosecroft Raceway's previous owners, loaned the track $350,000 to stay open.[7] Vogel offered to buy the track, but a bankruptcy court judge refused to approve the plan.[7] Rosecroft officials had hoped that the Maryland General Assembly would approve legislation allowing table games and other types of casino gambling at Rosecroft, but that did not occur.[6] In early June 2010, Cloverleaf filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Branch-Miles, Thomas, and Woods, Fort Washington, 2005, p. 108.
  2. Evans, Hanover: The Greatest Name in Harness Racing, 1976, p. 81.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Branch-Miles, Thomas, and Woods, Fort Washington, 2005, p. 109.
  4. Branch-Miles, Thomas, and Woods, Fort Washington, 2005, p. 111.
  5. Branch-Miles, Thomas, and Woods, Fort Washington, 2005, p. 111.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Cho, "Rosecroft Raceway to Close July 1," Baltimore Sun, June 16, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Robbins, "Bankrupt Rosecroft Raceway's Finish Line is July 1," Maryland Business Gazette, June 18, 2010.


  • Branch-Miles, Nathania; Thomas, Jane Taylor; and Woods, Beverly Babin. Fort Washington. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
  • Evans, Donald P. Hanover: The Greatest Name in Harness Racing. South Brunswick, N.J.: A.S. Barnes, 1976.


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