Rosecroft Raceway's future stakes race schedule is clearer now. Rosecroft officials announced several weeks ago the track would be eliminating some stakes events and cutting back the purses on others.
Gone from the Rosecroft calendar, starting in 1993, will be the Terrapin for 3-year-old colts and the Turtle Dove for 3-year-old fillies. This year the Terrapin was worth $316,135 and the Turtle Dove $223,430. All 10 divisions of the Hanover Stakes also will be cut by 1992. Late closing series such as the Fort Washington and Senatorial already have had their last runs.
The purpose of the cuts is to better allocate purse money between stakes events and regular nightly races. Currently about 14 percent of the horsemen's purse account goes to stakes; 10 percent is considered more favorable.
Business at Maryland's harness tracks is good -- or bad -- depending on which numbers are used.
Rosecroft is averaging $500,263, down 10 percent from the figure generated by Freestate, which raced at this time last year. Delmarva is up 53 percent, to $220,780, thanks to intertrack wagering. The Rosecroft-Delmarva total of $721,043 is a 2.5 percent improvement over last year's Freestate-Delmarva total.