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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2018 -- An all-day rain turned The Meadows harness racing track to slop, and when that rain changed to snow, conditions became even more forbidding. But all was fair downtown -- with "Downtown" Brady Brown, that is. Brown overcame the elements and collected four wins Friday at The Meadows. Brown drove a pair of winners for trainer Mark Goldberg and one each for trainers Tim Twaddle and Miles Wollam. Dan Rawlings, too, enjoyed a big night, fashioning a three-bagger on the 11-race card. Also on Friday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) celebrated Caretaker Appreciation Night. To recognize and reward their dedicated, often unsung work, the track and the MSOA presented caretakers with hoodies as well as soup and sandwiches from the paddock kitchen. In addition, the MSOA raffled off cash and gift cards for grooms. Given the weather, the hoodies were a timely gift. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $997.16 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $709.59 in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2018 -- For 25 years, Pastor Joe DiDonato has served as chaplain at The Meadows, ministering to the spiritual needs of harness racing horsemen and horsewomen and their families. Now, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor him for his quarter century of service with a special ceremony during Saturday's Adios eliminations card. In the winners' circle following the third race, the MSOA will present Pastor Joe with a plaque and a donation for his chapel that includes money contributed by The Meadows community directly and through a GoFundMe campaign. Pastor Joe's ministry is broad. He conducts regular Sunday services, of course, but he also tends to the spiritual needs of injured or ailing horsemen and horsewomen, presides at weddings and funerals, administers a vacation Bible school and organizes holiday parties for children, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Point Park College (now Point Park University), Pastor Joe held a variety of jobs, including radio disc jockey, before finding his calling. Surrounded by gambling opportunities, he confessed to the United States Trotting Association several years ago that he takes advantage of one: "I always say, 'Bet on God to Win, Place and Show -- every day!"  jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

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 starting today (Thursday, February 22) at 12PM. The auction will run for seven days. Jeff Zidek          

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, in conjunction with Green Acquisition Corporation, announces the donation of a breeding to the stallion Uncle Peter, to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship program.   A trotter, Uncle Peter was a star on the racetrack, taking a mark of 150.3f and earning more than $1.2 million. The son of Cantab Hall now stands at stud at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio for a fee of $6,000.   "We have donated breedings to the MSOA Scholarship program in the past," said John Green, principle at Green Acquisition Corporation. "It helps to bring youth into a business that needs youthful attendees. It's for a good cause, is a well thought out program, and we are pleased to support it."   Rich Gillock, President of the MSOA, said, "Thanks to donations from people like John and Green Acquisition Corporation, we have been able to give scholarship money to dozens of college-bound students over the past decade. It's a program that we at the MSOA are quite proud of, and it wouldn't be the success that it is without the help of our partners."   Green has been a longtime active member of the MSOA, owning several horses that have raced at The Meadows in recent years. He previously donated breedings to the stallion Trainforthefuture.   The breeding to Uncle Peter will be auctioned to the highest bidder in a seven-day auction on the website, which is currently underway and will end at 12 Noon Eastern time on Tuesday, January 20.    

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 Standardbred Owners Association is proud to announce a major harness racing partnership agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2017-2018 season. Millions of people will now see new Meadows Racing signage throughout the PPG Paints Arena including dasherboards, LED ribbon boards and digital advertising. This new endeavor with the Penguins represents the MSOA's ongoing investment to optimize brand recognition with sports fans. "We need to broaden our horizons," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We need to find new fans, and hockey is big in this area thanks to the success of the Penguins. It's a great demographic for us, and we are excited about the opportunity to get The Meadows' name out there in a new way." Gillock added, "This isn't just a local effort. The games are viewed all over North America on television, and we will have a prominent spot on the dasherboards throughout each game. Our mutual handle comes from so many areas in today's world, so it's really a larger effort that is based with the local NHL team." The Penguins are one of the NHL's most successful franchises and celebrated their 50th anniversary season in 2016-17. The team also boasts one of the league's most dedicated fan bases, having sold out every game for 10-plus seasons while setting new standards for local TV ratings and social media engagement. by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2017 -- Already Pennsylvania's Stallion Series champion 2-year-old male trotter, Hockey Hanover completed an unusual harness racing double when he captured Saturday's PA Fairs final at The Meadows. On a sun-splashed, unseasonably warm day, The Meadows hosted all eight PA Fairs championships, each with a purse of $24,200, and joined with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to stage the annual "Pink-Out" to benefit breast cancer research. The event offered many festive activities, none more enjoyable to the McMullen Stable than the victory by Hockey Hanover. McMullen Stable purchased the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding for $10,000 as a yearling and saw his earnings soar to $91,630. Yet trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder wasn't as confident as he might have been, as Hockey Hanover was a disappointing fifth in his last tune-up for the fairs final. Leaving from the rail, Yoder pushed Hockey Hanover for the lead rather than settle for a seat. "He's been having a little trouble lately, and the main concern was trying to get him around the first turn," Yoder said. "I was concentrating on that. But when they come at him, he digs in. He'll have a couple months off now, a well-deserved break." Hockey Hanover shrugged off a challenge by Grapple Hanover in the lane and prevailed in 1:58.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Yougottabecrazy, with Grapple Hanover third. Elsewhere on the championship card, Yoder and McMullen Stable teamed for another crown with All Set Lets Go while Aaron Merriman earned a pair of titles. The "King of the Fairs," 71-year-old Roger Hammer, collected his 22nd fairs title at The Meadows with a colossal upset. Oh yes: an up-and-coming trainer named Ron Burke got a taste of fairs circuit success with a championship. The highlights: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Cirrus De Vie Venier Hanover had been pounding his foes so relentlessly that he was hammered down to 1-9. Someone forgot to tell the King he had been overthrown. Hammer sent the 25-1 Cirrus De Vie to the front with a quarter-pole move, and the son of Real Artist-Walk On The Beach won handily in 1:55.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Starvin Marvin. Venier Hanover had to settle for show. "I thought I would give Venier Hanover a race for his money," Hammer said. "I figured if I could get this horse back to the top and let him roll, I would make Venier come first over after him." Hammer and Vicki Lynn Fair own Cirrus De Vie, who has a surprise awaiting him when he returns to Hammer's Bedford, PA farm -- and it's not a sweet treat. "He'll be turned out and castrated tomorrow," Hammer said. "He needs it. He's a little on the sulky side." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Rockefeller Lindy Rockefeller Lindy was trying to pass New Heaven in the Lightning Lane when there was contact between the two. Rockefeller Lindy jumped once and, in a remarkable show of poise for a young trotter, came back down on gait and downed New Heaven by x in 1:57.2 for Merriman. Irish Valentine rallied for show. "I thought he would go down, but he kept trotting. That's the only thing that saved us," said Bill Daugherty, Jr., who conditions the Lucky Chucky-A Touch Of Lindy gelding -- an $18,000 yearling acquisition -- for Susan Daugherty. "He's always been good gaited, but man oh man, going that speed and he's tired, you can imagine. I'll probably quit with him for the year. I've had enough, and he's had enough." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- All Set Lets Go All Set Lets Go had been virtually unbeatable for Yoder and McMullen Stable -- she swept her final 12 preliminary fair events -- and she was no less dominating Saturday. She powered to the front with a quarter-pole move and defeated entry-mates Opal Hanover and Drinking Class in 1:58.3, a life mark. "She's pretty honest -- trots all the time and minds her business," Yoder said. "She's pretty good off the gait and gets into position. We'll race her in some overnights and hope we find a class where she's competitive." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers -- Midway Island At about the same time Midway Island was rolling to his facile victory, Burke's champion mare, Hannelore Hanover, was performing at the Red Mile, turning in the second-fastest mile ever trotted. Nevertheless, the trainer had to be pleased with the Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Gal gelding, who won all six of his fair circuit starts after his mid-season acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the championship, Midway Island retook the lead past the quarter for Chris Shaw, leading driver on the fairs circuit this year, and triumphed in 1:52.2. Ginger Tree Marty closed well for place, 4-3/4 lengths back, while Cinnabar Dragon completed the ticket. "I had to put everybody else in a hole," Shaw said. "I didn't want to be coming from the three hole." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Bella Ragaza Merriman got his second crown with Bella Ragaza who, after a winless freshman season, put it all together this year and bagged 11 victories entering the championship. She quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble holding off Keystone Nikki by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4, fastest of her career. A trapped in Camera Lady earned show. "She's very handy but more of a grinder than a sprinter," Merriman said. "If you can get her to the front and keep her moving, she'll keep going on the end." Linda Schadel trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Bahama and owns with Roxanna Buffington. 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Nicole Hanover Nicole Hanover needed every foot of the stretch to get by the stubborn Kylah, but she ultimately prevailed by a head over the game leader in a career-fastest 1:58.3, with Lightning Lois third. "She needed a helmet to follow," said winning driver Brian Zendt. "She's won a lot of races on the front end, but she's not used to going three-quarters in 1:27 at the fairs. I could have used the Lightning Lane, but sometimes green horses don't know what's going on there, so I'm glad I had room outside." Robert Rougeaux III conditions the daughter of Explosive Matter-Nan's Conway for Brocious Racing Stable. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Pretty Proud Pretty Proud was pretty fast early, taking the field through three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.1. She slowed in the lane but was determined enough to outlast Marvalous Song by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 -- easily a life mark -- for Jim Pantaleano. Keystone Diamond, the wagering favorite, lacked racing room and was a hard-luck third. "The fractions took their toll on all of them late in the mile," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Pears N Amoretto and owns with Barbara Richardson and James Richardson. "One of her big assets all year has been she can leave the gate. A couple of her main contenders had road trouble and couldn't quite catch up to us. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2017 -- A total of $193,600 will be on the line Saturday, Oct. 7, when The Meadows Racetrack & Casino hosts the 2017 harness racing Pennsylvania Fairs Championships. Even more will be at stake, as The Meadows and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will conduct their annual "Pink-Out" to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer research program. Between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM, Family Fun Day activities will feature a live DJ, balloon artists, face painting and bounce houses. In addition, mini-pony races, with contestants decked out in pink finery, will occur between harness races. Other highlights include: A "Chinese auction," with prizes donated by The Meadows and local businesses, to benefit Making Strides; Sale of specially designed Pink-Out t-shirts, with all proceeds directed to Making Strides; Presentation of a check to Making Strides representing donations by The Meadows and its patrons over the last three months. The opportunity to register at the American Cancer Society tent for the Oct. 14. Making Strides Washington County Walk. Among the most interesting aspects of Saturday's championship card is the quest by Hockey Hanover for an unusual double. Campaigned by McMullen Stable, the 2-year-old trotter captured the $40,000 PA Stallion Series final at The Meadows on Sept. 2 in a stake-record 1:55.4 and will seek to add the fairs crown to his distinguished resume. Trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder will guide the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding from post 1 in race 1. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. For more information about the Pink-Out, visit The Meadows Racetrack & Casino at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) on Tuesday honored Ray Paver for the 4,000th winning drive of his career. Paver, who years ago left a job dealing blackjack to mess around with harness racing, dealt himself winning hand 4,000 on Aug. 23 at the Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield, Ohio. Paver responded in kind by winning Tuesday's feature with Shesasmokinlady, a mare he also trains. An Ohio native, Paver helped his dad, the late horseman Ray Paver, Sr., while attending Marysville High School but didn't envision harness racing in his future. He struck out on an itinerant path, serving a stint as a tugboat painter in Florida before landing in Las Vegas. There, he secured a job dealing blackjack at the Flamingo. One of the important lessons he learned was that his compensation might be enhanced by women of a certain age. "All you had to do was be sweet to them," he recalls, "and they'd just keep tipping you. I always hoped they won. The more they won, the more they tipped." After three years of dealing on the graveyard shift burned him out, he returned to Ohio, primarily to help his father, but his own career as a trainer/driver took off. In fact, United States Trotting Association records show Paver, 61, with 793 career training wins; that figure is almost certainly substantially below his actual total, as USTA didn't begin documenting trainer statistics until 1991. Today, Paver and his wife, Kelly, jointly operate a stable of about two dozen horses at The Meadows, though they also race in Ohio and, occasionally, in New York. Since Kelly also is a trainer, they've developed a system that determines which of them should be listed as conditioner for a given horse. "They're pets to her more than racehorses," he said, "so if she wants to keep one, she's his trainer. For the others, I'm the trainer." Paver is talking retirement, but nobody is taking him seriously -- yet. "I would have to do something; I just don't know what it would be," he said. "Kelly doesn't want to quit, so she could operate the stable. It would give her something to do while I'm laying on the beach." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Collegiate Scholarships.   This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to five students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Collegiate Scholarships. This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to five students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members. The top award is a $5,000 scholarship presented by the Board of Directors of the MSOA.  The award goes to Kristopher Bryce Hite, who will begin studies this fall at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he will major in biomedical engineering .  He is the son of Kris Hite.   The $3,700 Well Said/Hanover Shoe Farms Scholarship has been awarded to Brett Schoeffel, the son of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel of Evans City.  Brett will be a sophomore this fall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he will be studying business.   The Winning Key Farms/Bob Key Scholarship for $3,100 is awarded to Rielly Steuernagel, son of James Steuernagel.  Rielly will be a freshman this fall at Allegheny College, where he will pursue degrees in both chemistry and theater   This year’s $2,500 CSC Insurance Scholarship has been awarded to Sara Zidek, the daughter of Jeff Zidek.  Sara is a sophomore at the College of Wooster, where she is studying neuroscience.   Jessica Cocciolone is the winner of the $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mary and Larry Smith.  She is the daughter of Carl and Sharon Cocciolone, and is a junior at Robert Morris University studying cybersecurity.   “We do a lot of charitable work, but nothing is more gratifying for us than this annual scholarship presentation,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock.  “We have helped so many young people over the years, and it is great to see them go out into the world and be successful, knowing that we helped to play a part in that.  We are fortunate to have some great partners that help us, and we are thankful to Hanover Shoe Farms, Bob Key, CSC Insurance and the Smith Family for their generosity.”   The recipients will be honored in a winners circle presentation at The Meadows Racetrack on Adios Day, Saturday, July 29.   by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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 applications are now being accepted for its 2017-2018 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 Well Said Scholarship (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms) and the Winning Mister Scholarship (sponsored by Key Farms).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver 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 12, 2017. Click on the link below for the application.   2017 MSOA Scholarship Application   from the MSOA

Four late closer finals totaling more than $100,000 in purses will go to the post on Saturday, March 25 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino featuring top harness racing three- and four-year-old pacers and trotters.   Up first on the 1PM card is the $24,700 Ken Weaver Memorial for trotting colts, stallions and geldings. DD's Comet, out of the Chris Beaver Stable, is the morning line choice after winning both legs of the series. His 2:00.1 victory on March 14 was by a five lengths on a track listed two seconds off. Aaron Merriman has driven the son of Crazed to both of his series wins and will be in the bike on Saturday.   Pacing fillies and mares will be featured in the fifth race on the card, the $24,400 Donna Dunn Memorial. Terrortina is the 5-2 morning line choice out of the Bob Key/Norm Parker Stable, after winning both of her series legs. However, while she posted wins in 1:56 and 1:56.2, Terrortina has only won each race by a half-length and drew post 6 in the final. Jim Pantaleano will drive the Western Terror filly.   The 8th race on the card is the $25,900 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares. Ms Mullen, out of the Dirk Simpson Stable, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line pick after winning back-to-back series races in 1:59.3 and 2:00.3. Tony Hall will drive the daughter of Muscle Massive.   Race 10 is the $27,100 Walter Russell Memorial for stallion, colt and gelding pacers. Art N Music, the only two-time winner in the series, is the 5-2 choice for driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke. A 4YO by Art Colony, Art N Music will leave from post four.   This first round of late closers will be followed by a second round featuring only three-year-olds. The annual spring series are a lead-in to The Meadows' lucrative stake schedule.   Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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 Bidding is currently open and will end on Friday, March 24 at 2PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

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