The Maryland Racing Commission extended Rosecroft Raceway's racing license on Tuesday for 45 days through April 14 after a hearing at its regular monthly meeting at Laurel Park. The extension was 15 days shorter than Rosecroft had requested, and the MRC also asked the track to submit by March 31 qualified accounting information for January and February through its current accounting firm or through another firm that would have to be approved by the commission. The commission had expected the financial information before Tuesday's board meeting and even though Rosecroft president and acting CEO Kelly Rogers said he thought he had provided enough to meet the commission's request, MRC chairman John Franzone noted the commission's displeasure at not having received a full report. In other action, the commission also approved the use of "Fuzzies," a piece of equipment similar to a shadow roll that is attached to the sides of a thoroughbred's bridle at eye level, as long as the use is noted on betting programs. The Fuzzies, like blinkers, prevent horses from seeing their competitors coming from behind and beside them. Blinkers are already noted on programs. The MRC also heard updates on proposed legislation in Annapolis affecting the horse industry, the Anne Arundel County referendum issue and the bankruptcy issues involving Magna Entertainment Corps, which owns the Maryland racetracks and Preakness.
- Sandra McKee