Rosecroft Raceway begins its 35th year Thursday as harness racing returns to Maryland after a five-month absence.

The 85-night meet that ends on June 7 combines a new racing week and track improvements together with Rosecroft's usual attractions.

Rosecroft has Sunday racing this season for the first time in its history. Freestate Raceway initiated Sunday cards for Maryland harness racing during its summer meet last year.

Rosecroft will race five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, until May 1. Starting May 3, the Oxon Hill oval will add Tuesdays to its race week. Post times will be 6 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30 on other nights.

Handicappers will also have more betting options this season as Rosecroft joins a trend among the nations harness tracks by offering more betting combinations. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday handicappers will be able to bet on four triples; there will be three on weekdays. Last year the track had two triples each night. In addition, exacta wagering will be available on every race.

Track improvements include a new cash-sell wagering system (AmTote 300) and an enlarged lower grandstand.

The meet's highlights will again be the William E. Miller Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers, on May 14 for a guaranteed purse of $100,000, and the $50,000 John W. Miller Memorial for fillies June 4.