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Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Dec. 5) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jeff Zidek, Pat Berry, and Steve Oldford Driver Pat Berry, who is rapidly approaching 4,000 career driving wins, will talk about his career in the business. The new Meadows Track Announcer Jeff Zidek will join the duo to discuss his new post as the successor to legendary voice Roger Huston. Amateur Driver Steve Oldford will chime in on the upcoming World Amateur Driving Cup, which will take place at Pompano Park February 23rd and 24th. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike and Mike Show  

Washington, PA – December 1, 2019 – The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is happy to announce Jeff Zidek as the new harness racing announcer replacing Roger Huston who resigned in November. Zidek, a native of North Apollo, PA., has been calling races for 32 years as the backup announcer for Huston since 1987 as well as County Fairs in Pennsylvania and Ohio.   Zidek’s racing resume is lengthy, working in all aspects of the sport. He has owned and trained Standardbreds, worked for more than 10 years as a publicist for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission serving the PA Fair circuit, and has worked as a marketing consultant for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, as well as a track handicapper at The Meadows.   His professional career outside of harness racing includes stints at Fox Sports Pittsburgh and Fox Sports Radio as an on-air host, and he has spent the past 17 years as the Sports Information Director at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.   “I’ve had a great career both in and outside of the racing industry, but for me, this is like coming home,” said Zidek.   “The Meadows gave me my first opportunity in broadcasting, and then gave me my first opportunity in public relations and marketing. I built my career off that foundation, and now I get to come back home and serve the racing community on a full-time basis again. I can’t wait to get started.”   “The Meadows is thrilled to have Zidek join the team as the Announcer, his talents are unlimited and we look forward to working together to make The Meadows better than ever”, said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Racing for The Meadows.   Zidek will begin his new position December 6.   by Mark J. Loewe, for The Meadows

Casey Hite, Brooke Schoeffel, Sara Zidek and Rielly Steuernagel have been named the recipients of the 2018 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Collegiate Scholarships. In all, nearly $13,000 in scholarship money will be presented to the students, who are the children of MSOA members. Hite has earned the $5,330 MSOA Scholarship, presented by the MSOA's Board of Directors. Casey, the daughter of Wayne and Trudy Hite, is a junior at Penn State University-Fayette, majoring in Corporate Communication. Schoeffel has been awarded the MSOA/Hanover Shoe Farms Scholarship. Presented in conjunction with the industry's leading breeder, the scholarship is for $4,600. Brooke is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel, and will be majoring in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman this fall. Zidek will receive the MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship for $2,500. The annual award is presented by the MSOA and Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance. Sara, the daughter of Jeff Zidek, is a junior at the College of Wooster, studying Neuroscience. Steuernagel will receive the $1,000 MSOA/Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented in memory of the late Dr. Betts, a longtime veterinarian at The Meadows. Rielly is the son of James Steuernagel, and will be a sophomore this fall at Allegheny College, majoring in Chemistry and Theater. "This program has continued for many years now, thanks to the support of all of our partners," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "It's one of the highlights of Adios Day for our board, making the presentations in the winner's circle. We are pleased to assist the families of our horsemen with their education expenses. It's a great program, and we have great partners." The formal presentation will take place this Saturday, July 28 at The Meadows. by Jeff Zedik, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announces that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Explosive Matter, to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has been a longtime partner with the MSOA's scholarship program, donating breedings for the past several years that have helped the sons and daughters of area horsemen with their college expenses.   "We can't thank Hanover enough for their continued support," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Our scholarship program would not be as successful as it is without the support of partners like Hanover."   Explosive Matter took a lifetime mark of 1:52.3 and earned over $1.5 million in his career. The son of Cantab Hall stands for a fee of $5,000.   The breeding will be auctioned on the website OnGait.com starting today (Thursday, February 22) at 12PM. The auction will run for seven days. Jeff Zidek          

Longtime horseman and MSOA board member John McMullen has been honored by his peers as the Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs Person of the Year. The award was presented at the Pennsylvania Fair Convention. McMullen, 81, started racing horses at The Meadows during the track's inaugural season in 1963, and has been racing on the Pennsylvania fair circuit his entire life. He has served on the fair board in Indiana County since 1990 and is also on the Pennsylvania State Fair Board. Anthony Enciso, Secretary of the Indiana Fair Board, nominated McMullen. "John has been on the fair board for a long time, and he's done leaps and bounds for not only our fair, but other fairs in PA," said Enciso. "I thought he was very much deserving of this honor for all the things he's done for the fairs as far as the harness racing side of it. He has also put in many years on the state board of directors for the fair association. He's worked in Harrisburg to help with legislators on our fair fund money, and we couldn't be having our fairs without that help. John has been a big part of that. It was time for him to get his recognition." McMullen, who is from Armagh, Pennsylvania, is one of 15 members of the Indiana County Fair board, and took over his position in 1990 following the death of his father, Don. "My dad passed away in the fall that year," John recalled. "I was put on the board in December, as we had no one to take care of harness racing. My dad had done that for over 25 years." John McMullen was happy to take over the role due to his dedication to both the sport and to his family. "We spend a lot of time at the fairs. We always have." His commitment to the sport goes beyond the fairs, as he has been an active member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association for decades, and currently serves on the board of directors, assisting with items related to both The Meadows and the fairs. "John has done a lot for the members of the MSOA over the years, serving on our board," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are very happy for him, and he is well deserving of this honor." Despite all of the time and energy he has devoted to the fairs, John said that receiving the award was still unexpected. "A lot of people in Pennsylvania are worthy of getting that award and I had no idea it was going to be me. It's quite an honor. It kind of makes you think about it, it's very humbling to receive an award like that and look out and see so many people there." John's wife Judy, and son John, were both in attendance for the ceremony, which took place in Hershey, Pennsylvania. by Jeff Zidek for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association proudly announces its annual awards for the top harness racing horses at The Meadows in 2017.   Each winner among the 12 categories now has an opportunity to be voted Pacer/Trotter of the Year and Meadows Horse of the Year. Balloting will take place among the MSOA's members.   This year, the individual category winners were based upon new criteria set forth by the MSOA's Board of Directors which focused on each horse's earnings at The Meadows. All owners must be members of the MSOA.   The top freshman pacing colt of the year is Like Clockwork, owned by Birnam Wood Farms and trained by Tim Twaddle. The pacer took a mark of 1:52.2 and earned over $87,000 with six wins in eight starts.   Paula Sokol's Rock N On Sunshine has been named the MSOA's top 2-year-old filly pacer for 2017. A three-time winner, the filly took a mark of 1:55.4 and earned over $21,000 for trainer Rich Gillock.   Top freshman trotting honors go to What A Hunk, owned by Susan Daugherty and trained by her husband, Bill Daugherty, Jr. A two-time winner in 2017, What A Hunk took a mark of 1:59.3 and earned just under $30,000.   Explosive G, owned by Richard Hess and trained by Wilbur Yoder, has been named the MSOA's 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year. She earned over $53,000 with a mark of 1:59.2, winning twice in nine starts.   Among three-year-old colt pacers, Louie's So Bossy was named to the top spot. Joseph Soltis owns, and Paul Corey trains Louie's So Bossy, who took a 2017 mark of 1:52.1.   Terrortina, owned by breeder Bob Key, earned sophomore pacing filly honors. A stake filly, she took a mark of 1:53 for trainer Norm Parker. Terrortina successfully defended her title from 2016, when she was named the MSOA's top 2-year-old pacing filly.   Also defending his title in 2017 was Media Buzz, the top 3-year-old trotting colt. After winning the award as a 2YO in 2016, Media Buzz pushed his career earnings over $100,000 this year with a mark of 1:54.2. Steve Bush trains and co-owns with Dennis and Alvira Fassett.   Mimosa Hanover was named the MSOA's 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year after winning six of 25 starts in her first year of racing. Dan Altmeyer trained and co-owned with Richard Kelson, Heather Wilder and Jeff Altmeyer. Mimosa Hanover earned over $80,000 before being sold to other local connections at the Harrisburg Sale.   Call For Justice parlayed his lengthy local win streak earlier in the year into Aged Trotting Horse/Gelding of the Year honors. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Call For Justice won a total of 12 races for the season for trainer Ron Burke.   Barn Girl, owned by Renee Bercury and trained by Bill Bercury, was dominant throughout the year, winning 15 of 31 starts en route to being named the MSOA's Aged Trotting Mare of the Year. She lowered her lifetime mark to 1:53.   The Bercury Stable also captured both sides of the Aged Pacing awards, with Dapper Dude and Spreester. Dapper Dude won 13 of 35 starts with a season mark of 1:50 and 2017 earnings in excess of $150,000. Spreester earned more than $100,000 this year with a mark of 1:52.1, posting four wins in 34 starts.   Finally, the MSOA's Aged Pacing Mare of the Year is Show Runner, owned by A Piece of the Action Stable.   Show Runner competed at the top distaff level most of the season for trainer Christy Pantaleano.   The top three awards will be announced - and all 12 winners will be honored - at the annual Night of Champions event, to be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Post Time is 5:30pm.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special day of harness racing this Saturday, October 7. The card will feature the Pennsylvania Fair Finals, as well as a Pink Out event including the track's second annual Mini-Pony races. For the full-sized horses, the stake racing action will kick off with Race 1, the first of eight $24,200 divisions of the PA Fair Finals. The 2-year-old male trotters will be led by Hockey Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter that was recently crowned champion of the PA Stallion Series as well. Hockey Hanover has won 9 of 13 races and nearly $80,000 this year for the McMullen Stable, LLC. Co-owned John McMullen and driver Wilbur Yoder have shared training duties throughout the year as the horse has bounced between the fair circuit and the state's pari-mutuel tracks. Bela's Bad Boy (Muscle Massive), from the Todd Schadel barn, and Grapple Hanover (Andover Hall), trained by Wayne Long, are also in the field, and each has posted a fair circuit win over Hockey Hanover in recent weeks. Freshmen pacing fillies will be on the track for the day's second race, with Roger Hammer's Geisha Seelster leading the way in the win column, with 8 victories in 15 starts. The Well Said filly has earned more than $28,000 this year racing almost exclusively at the fairs. She comes off a sickness scratch earlier this week at The Meadows, so that could open things up for TSM Déjà vu, a winner of three of her last four races. Two of her wins came at the fairs and one at Shenandoah Downs for owner Ted Tomson, trainer Bob Krenitstky Jr and driver Eric Neal. In the 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace, all eyes will be on Venier Hanover, a son of Well Said with multiple track record performances on the fair circuit this year. A winner of more than $87,000 for trainer/driver David Brickell, Venier Hanover won his last start at the Bloomsburg Fair in 1:56.1, and has tallied 13 wins in 19 starts. Mitchell York co-owns with Brickell. The fourth race on the card is for sophomore colt & gelding pacers, and features the circuit's other recent record-setter, Midway Island. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Midway Island was purchased by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Knox Services and David Wills earlier this summer and has been undefeated in his fair starts. Overall he is 7-for-20 this year and set the fair circuit's all-time speed record with a 1:53.4 score at Bloomsburg. Chris Shaw is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke. Sophomore colt trotters will take to the track for the day's sixth race, with another Burke Stable entrant leading the way. New Heaven (Yankee Glide) was also undefeated on the fair circuit for trainer Ron Burke, and Chris Shaw is listed to drive from post 8. In the 3YO Filly Trot, slated for Race 8 on the card, a pair of entries highlight the field of nine, with two each from the Todd Schadel and Wayne Long stables. A main challenger will be another entrant from the McMullen/Yoder combination, All Set Lets Go, a winner of 12 of 23 this season including four straight. The Donato Hanover filly has won more than $43,000 this season. The sophomore filly pacing final is led by a pair of double-digit winners this season. Camera Lady, out of the David Brickell barn, has won 10 of 28 this year, while Bella Ragaza, trained by Linda Schadel, has 11 wins in 29 appearances. The duo has met the last two weeks at Gratz and Bloomsburg, with Camera Lady winning both times. The 10th race on the card is for freshman filly trotters, with a balanced field led in wins by Nicole Hanover. The Explosive Matter filly drew post 8 for the Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Bobby Rougeaux III. She has six wins this year including her last two fair circuit starts. In between races will be the Pink Out Mini-Pony events, which proved last year to be extremely popular among the horsemen, fans and participants. All money raised through donations and a Chinese Auction will benefit the American Cancer Society. It will also be an MSOA "Family Fun Day" with various activities for kids of all ages. Post time on Saturday will be 1:05PM. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners' Association has received a $150,000 grant from the State Horse Racing Commission for the marketing of racing in the region.   The MSOA is one of six horsemen's and breeders' associations in the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition to receive a grant.   The state grant is part of Act 7, which was enacted in 2016 to reform the racing industry in Pennsylvania. The legislation stated that a percentage of the Racehorse Development Fund is to be used for marketing purposes statewide.   "We are extremely pleased to receive this grant from the Commission," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. This will give us an opportunity to market our sport locally in ways that we have been unable to in previous years. We can reach a potential new audience through various media that we have never tried before, along with others where we've been very limited in the past."   The marketing campaign will feature television, radio and digital media (internet) advertising. It will also include bus wraps on Freedom Transit Bus Lines.   "You will see our 16 buses in a four-county area," said Gillock, "Washington, Allegheny, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Our message will be on metro buses to the City of Pittsburgh and Shared Ride buses in other counties. We think it's a unique opportunity for us."   The early portion of the campaign will feature the excitement of wagering on live racing at The Meadows in conjunction with Triple Crown events. The campaign will then shift its focus to events planned at The Meadows Racetrack this summer, including the Delvin Miller Adios Pace, along with racing's online presence. "We will be getting out the message that you can watch and wager on our races from anywhere, via the internet," said Gillock. "There are still a lot of people out there that don't realize that."   The MSOA's new campaign kicks off on May 1.   by Jeff Zidek for the MSOA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms and Winning Key Farms have donated breedings that are now being auctioned to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Artspeak, and Winning Key Farms has donated a breeding to Winning Mister.   "Both Hanover and Bob Key have been regular supporters of our collegiate scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are very happy that both have made donations once again this season. We hope that breeders will support everyone's efforts by bidding."   Artspeak banked over $1.6 million in his racing career and was the 2-year-old Pacer of the Year in 2014. This is his first season at stud. He stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $5,000.   World Champion Winning Mister earned $1.1 million in his career, and his oldest foals were 2-year-olds in 2016. He stands at Lindwood Farm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a fee of $6,000.   The breedings are listed on the auction site Ongait.com. Bidding is currently open and will end on Friday, March 24 at 2PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Dawnelle Mock has joined the association as director of social media. A 2016 graduate of Youngstown State University, Mock earned a degree in Marketing Management. This past summer, she interned with the marketing department at The Meadowlands after spending the previous two summers working with the MSOA as a marketing assistant. The Somerset, Pennsylvania native has been around harness racing her entire life. Her parents, Daniel and Lisa Mock, are Standardbred owners, and her father has also trained. Her sister, Dana Kahrig, is a trainer at The Meadows. Dawnelle is a US Trotting Association member and active horse owner. "I'm very excited to be starting this new venture," she said. I'm able to use my degree while helping to promote the sport that I love." Mock has taken the reins of the MSOA's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and earlier this week created a new MSOA Snapchat account. Those wishing to connect with Mock can reach her at msoasocialmedia@outlook.com or via the MSOA's social media accounts. By Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that it has debuted its redesigned website, www.themsoa.com.   The MSOA.com has an updated look and continues to strive to serve both MSOA members and racing fans in general, with Meadows news, handicapping help, replays, video of qualifiers and more. Additional new features will be added in the coming weeks.   MSOA President Rich Gillock said, "Racing fans are no different than anyone else these days. The internet is their main source of news and information. We want our website to be one that racing fans visit on a regular basis, in addition to being a source of valuable information for our members."   The new site was a joint project between the MSOA and Reimagine Main Street, a multimedia company in Washington, Pennsylvania.   by Jeff Zidek for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announces that three of its harness racing members have been elected to the group's Board of Directors.   Results of the balloting resulted in the re-election of John McMullen, along with the return of Bill Bercury to the board, while Tom Pollack was voted onto the board for the first time.   McMullen, an owner/trainer from Armagh, Pennsylvania, returned to the MSOA board in 2014 and has been re-elected for a new term. McMullen was in attendance for the track's opening night in 1963 and raced horses at the inaugural meet. His son, John and grandson, Owen, are active horseowners and the family races both at The Meadows and around the PA Fair circuit.   Bercury, from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, did not seek re-election after his last stint on the board, but decided to run this year and has been returned to the board by voting members. Bercury has been a longtime owner/trainer/driver and in recent years has had a very successful small stable that focuses on horses racing at the Preferred level.   Pollack, from Venetia, Pennsylvania, first got involved as an owner in 2010, and currently owns parts of 70 horses. His local horses are trained by Randy Bendis. Outside of harness racing, Tom is the owner, president and Chief Financial Officer of CCN America, LP, a pharmaceutical company.   The MSOA welcomes the new and returning members to the board, and looks forward to a bright future working together.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association's 8th Annual Pink Out for Breast Cancer Research was held on Saturday (October 22), and the harness racing event was a rousing success.   A new twist was added this year - a miniature horse race featuring Meadows reinsman Mike Wilder along with trainer Scott Betts and several other members of the community. The non-wagering event was part of a day filled with activity at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that helped to raise money for Washington Health System in nearby Washington, Pennsylvania.   The MSOA and Meadows Casino joined forces to donate $2,000 to Washington Health System. Additionally, a Chinese auction, which raised more than $3,200, was held to benefit the cause. Donations were also raised through a "pretty pony" contest, and raffles for a pink harness, donated by Silverstone Decorative Concrete, and a pink Michael Kors purse.   "This cause means a lot to several of our members," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are proud to pull together with the casino and others in the community to support breast cancer research."   For additional photos from today's event, visit the MSOA's Facebook page, facebook.com/MeadowsStandardbredOwnersAssociation.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA      

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the third annual College Games for charity at The Meadows on Saturday (April 9). Ten teams of five students each, representing various groups from nearby Washington & Jefferson College took part in the games, which featured events such as harness racing handicapping, bowling, basketball and an obstacle course. More than $3,000 was divided up among the top five teams for their respective charities, including winners Bicca 455, earning $1,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Keystone Chapter. The team members were competing in honor of a classmate's mother who is battling MS. Daniel Lis, a student at W&J that helped to organize the teams and member of the Bicca 455 team, said, "We are a close group of friends and we wanted to win for our charity, MS Society Keystone Chapter, and donate to help them in any way needed with funds we won." Lis was also instrumental in finding additional sponsors to join the MSOA for the event. "I am interning for a local association management firm called Tikes, Inc., which works with various groups in Pittsburgh and makes donations to great causes. My boss, Kelly Szejko, helped us to receive donations from the Association for Corporate Growth and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Assocation, which were added to the MSOA's generous donation." All participants were given two free tickets to see the local professional baseball team, the Washington Wild Things, on May 26. The students' charities will be honored that night and the College Games competitors will be recognized. "This event continues to grow every year, said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "It's always great to have so many younger people enjoy the races, and to be able to tie it in with so many local charities makes it even better. I can't thank all of the volunteers enough that helped. We are proud to host the College Games and look forward to next year's event." by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual College Games at The Meadows Racetrack on Saturday, April 9.   Teams from several colleges around the region will be represented, taking part in various games of skill to earn money for their respective charities of choice. The MSOA has donated $2,000 to be divided among the winning teams for their various charities.   Games will include bowling in The Meadows Lanes, basketball, harness racing handicapping, kan jam and an obstacle course. Weather permitting, a 5/8 mile match race featuring a member of each of the top four teams, paired with a top Meadows driver and horse, will decide the championship.   All participants will receive a "swag bag" featuring gifts from the MSOA and the Washington Wild Things baseball team. Lunch will be provided by the MSOA.   Registration begins at 11:30AM, and the games start at 12:45PM. First race post for the 15-race card that day will be 1:00PM.   Students must be 18 to participate, and teams will consist of five members.   For more information or to register in advance, contact the MSOA office at 724-228-3644 or email prMSOAHeather@gmail.com.   Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 2016-17 Collegiate Scholarship Program. The MSOA Scholarship program, which began in 2008, continues to grow. Thanks to generous donations from many members of the harness racing community, more than $13,000 will be available to deserving young men and women.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Western Ideal Scholarship (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms) and the Winning Mister Scholarship (sponsored by Winning Key Farms).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be submitted to the MSOA Office or postmarked no later than Friday May 6, 2016.   Visit www.themsoa.com for a copy of the application. Jeff Zidek  

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