2 judges fired at Rosecroft clashes had become known

December 24, 1991|By Marty McGee C

Two of the three judges at Rosecroft Raceway were fired when the Oxon Hill-area harness track closed for the year Saturday night.

After the final 1991 program, Harold Frazier and Howard McCullough were notified by Maryland Racing Commission executive director Ken Schertle that the commission had voted on Dec. 11 to oust them. Presiding judge Gary McCarthy has been retained.

Schertle said no specifics were given on why Frazier and McCullough were released, although personality conflicts between McCarthy and his two colleagues became public knowledge last year. At one point, the commission sent the men letters expressing its concern about the dissension, but the panel took no substantive action at the time.

Schertle said the commission "will be interviewing other candidates" to fill the state-paid positions. Racing resumes at Rosecroft on Jan. 31.

Jean Chalk, who serves as a "swing" steward and judge between the thoroughbred and harness tracks, is not expected to fill one of the permanent jobs as a harness judge.

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