Readers Respond

Viable Rosecroft is standardbred industry's best hope

We are disappointed to read the latest editorial attack against Penn National Gaming by The Sun ("Penn National's bluff," July 8). How can The Sun advocate that Penn be expected to write a blank check to cover years of potential future operating losses at the track as a condition of our racing license?

The Sun readily acknowledges the challenges in running a failing business whose viability as a stand-alone racing enterprise is doubtful absent a long-term alternative revenue stream. Is The Sun suggesting an indefinitely closed Rosecroft Raceway is a better long-term solution for the standardbred industry in Maryland?


It is not surprising that the members of the standardbred industry stood behind Penn in our application to return live racing and simulcasting to Rosecroft. These horsemen are faced with a very stark reality: the current scenario of no racing and no simulcast or the hope of a steady revamp of the industry that would hopefully include slots.

The Sun fails to recognize the over $12 million Penn has already invested in the shuttered Rosecroft and the $1 million letter of credit Penn offered up to assure the racing commission of Penn's commitment to ongoing operations at Rosecroft. It also fails to recognize that Penn's national track record is one of success in racing and gaming.


We are trying to save an industry and provide jobs for horsemen, track employees and farm employees. Our suggestion of slots at tracks follows the proven success of neighboring states' tracks — all to the benefit of their respective horseracing industries.

It is duplicitous of The Sun to "sympathize" with the horsemen when it chooses to simply rail blindly against what could be the saving grace for standardbred racing in this state; and that starts with an open and running Rosecroft Raceway.

Karen Bailey, Wyomissing, Pa.

The writer is director of public affairs for Penn National Gaming.