Rosecroft's Big Gamble
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:12 PM EDT
It's been almost a month since Maryland voters narrowly approved Question 7, which expands gambling and allows another casino to be built in Prince George's County. But the outcome could actually put the fate of a once-thriving racetrack in jeopardy. In the cover story tonight, Fox45 looks into "Rosecroft's Big Gamble."
When the Rosecroft Racetrack opened in 1949, it was a destination spot for racing aficionados and celebrities. The track drew crowds anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000, but these days track officials say they are lucky to draw a thousand.
The sparse crowd troubles Charlie Carden, who has been coming here since he was a teenager. "I come out here 'cause it's fun, it's a way of camaraderie, you see people."
Many believe that Rosecroft cannot survive only on horseracing.
Rosecroft is owned by Penn National Gaming, the same company who owns Hollywood Casino in Charlestown, West Virgina. Penn National is also the same company who spent tens of millions of dollars trying to defeat Question 7.
The new law would still allow Rosecroft to make a bid for a new casino, but Penn National says most public officials have made it clear that they would rather see a casino in the National Harbor just a few miles away.
So without slots and table games at Rosecroft, some trainers fear the worst.
Penn National Gaming officials have not yet announced whether they will submit a bid to build a casino at Rosecroft.