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Like many people during this election year, Phil Dott has a sign in his front yard. However, his doesn't display the name of his favorite candidate. Instead, Dott's sign proudly announces the arrival of the latest member of his family...a four-legged Standardbred member named Clavius.   Dott, 61, is a Standardbred owner and breeder from McMurray, Pennsylvania that first got hooked on harness racing in the 1970s. "I came to The Meadows and heard Roger Huston calling a race. That was it, I was hooked," he says. "There was no turning back from there."   He spent most of his life as just a fan, but five years ago decided to take the next step and become an owner. He met trainer Tim Twaddle and claimed a Real Artist mare named Hard Shoe Hannah. A lifetime winner of more than $280,000, Hard Shoe Hannah was a good racehorse, and Dott hoped that she would make a great broodmare prospect as well. "We turned her into a pet," he says. "She didn't race as well as we wanted to, so we sent her to Dennis and Gina Hoffman at Lindwood Farms to start a new career."   Hard Shoe Hannah's first foal was a Shark Gesture filly that was given an unusual name, Jeffrey Hard Shark. "My wife Adele and I named her after my nephew, who died at 12 of a brain tumor. I had told my brother that I would name the horse after his son. We wanted a colt, but it was a filly, and I still kept the name."   Jeffrey Hard Shark, co-owned by Dott and his friend John Valdisera, made a handful of appearances on the track last season before spending the winter in Pinehurst, North Carolina. "Gordon Corey trained her down there this winter. He's a very good trainer. I always liked Pinehurst. I used to play golf there and wanted my horse down there. We just brought her back and Tim (Twaddle) is getting her ready for her three-year-old season. Tim's a good guy and a good trainer."   The second foal, Pjonmyshoulder, by Hypnotic Blue Chip, is a two-year-old this season, and the latest arrival is Clavius, by Western Ideal, foaled this month at Lindwood, as the sign in his yard proudly notes. "Everybody stops by my house and sees the sign out there," he says. "Lindwood Farm also promotes it, and I've had nothing but positive comments. I love racing and The Meadows." That love is evident to anyone following Dott on the highway as well, where stickers with the names of his horses cover the back windows, just like the stick-family decorations on many minivans on the road.   Dott's goal in the sport is the same as most other owners, "Hopefully I can make some money and have really good, winning horses." But for now, he is just happy seeing his Standardbred family grow, and sharing that news with his family and friends. "I've tried not to spoil the horses, but I love them all. They're my babies."   by Jeff Zidek for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

Longtime Meadows harness racing owners association members Rick and Regina Beinhauer earned an honor of a different sort on Tuesday (February 16), when their cocker spaniel "Striker" was named Best In Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club 2016 Dog Show.   Striker (full name GCH Silverhall Strike Force) has won several awards so far in his young career, including Best In Show at the 2015 American Spaniel Club event.   The cocker spaniel, who just turned 4, was shown just a handful of times in 2015, and the Beinhauers only recently decided to make this the dog's full-time career.   "It is a huge honor just to win the breed at Westminster," said Regina Beinhauer. "We are thrilled, and we've had a wonderful time in New York."   The Beinhauers, of Venetia, are well known around the world of harness racing, as Rick developed and raced Sierra Kosmos (t, 3, 1:53.4, $558,710), a World Champion and one of the top trotters to ever come from The Meadows. Sierra Kosmos went on to become a leading stallion in the sport, with his progeny earning over $27 million. Rick Beinhauer followed that success with dozens of other stake winners, many of which were sired by Sierra Kosmos, including million dollar winner Springtop (t, 3, 1:53.1). Rick continues as an active trainer and driver at The Meadows on a regular basis. It seems their venture into this new sport is a success as well. Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced a $6,000 donation to the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire.   The January 4 fire in Ontario took the lives of 43 horses from six stables, and the trainers affected also lost all of their racing equipment.   "We at The Meadows certainly understand what they are going through," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We had a catastrophic fire here in 2001, and the racing community pulled together to help our horsemen at that time. We know how important it is for all of us to come together in a situation like this. It's the worst possible thing that can happen in this sport, and we want to do anything we can to help."   The MSOA also encourages its members that wish to donate privately to visit the GoFundMe page set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association at this link here.   Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has named its 2015 award winners, as voted on by the organization's harness racing members. Atta Boy Dan, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, has been named Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Atta Boy Dan won 10 of 13 starts at The Meadows during the season en route to more than $225,000 in earnings. He paced his best mile in 1:49.1, a track record for aged pacers. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old son of Western Terror.   Trotter of the Year honors went to the horse also named 3YO Colt/Gelding Trotter of the Year, Chef Lee. Owned and trained by Norm Parker, the Cantab Hall gelding was 8-for-12 locally, earning more than $165,000.   Two-year-old honors went to Toddler Tantrum, Danika P, Major Matter and Goodtogo Hanover.   Toddler Tantrum (Western Terror) was named the top freshman pacer of the year, winning four of seven local starts for owners Don Tiger, Birnam Wood Farms and Seth Rosenfeld. Tim Twaddle trains Toddler Tantrum.   Danika P, by Yankee Cruiser, was the 2YO filly pacing champion, winning one of six for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable. Ron Burke trains Danika P, who took a mark of 1:55.4.   Major Matter, a gelding by Explosive Matter, who split time between sire stakes and fair stakes, was named the top freshman male trotter for the season. Owned by trainer Rick Beinhauer along with his wife, Regina, Major Matter was 3-for-5 at The Meadows, taking a mark of 1:57.2.   The top 2YO filly trotter was Goodtogo Hanover, trained by Bill Zendt. A two-time winner at The Meadows during the summer, the Explosive Matter filly is owned by Zendt in partnership with Gary Saul.   Joining Chef Lee as the top sophomores for the year were Royaltyhasarrived, Fashion Rocker, and Manhattan Miss.   Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror) was named the top pacing colt for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Mike Munn. A five-time local winner during the year, Royaltyhasarrived is trained by Steve Schoeffel.   Fashion Rocker, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, was named 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year, winning four of 10 starts at The Meadows for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Bethann Palone. Ron Burke trains. Acadia Farms, Marty Wollam and George Berlin own Manhattan Miss, the top sophomore trotting filly. Wollam trains the daughter of Broadway Hall, who earned five Meadows wins in 2015. Do Me Honor, by Cheyenne Rei, was named the top older pacing mare, retaining the title she also earned in 2015. Owned and trained by Bill Bercury, the 7-year-old won six races for the season and banked over $116,000 locally.   Dunn Stable's Classicality, a five-year-old by Classic Photo, was the top older trotting male, winning four races and banking more than $110,000 for trainer Lisa Dunn.   The top older trotting mare was Whata Donato, owned by Frank Poerio. Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, was a winner of eight races for trainer Doug Snyder.   The MSOA congratulates all of this year's divisional champions.   Jeff Zidek  

Audre J. "Tete" King, Stoneboro, PA, passed away with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 25, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh after a brief illness. She was 68.   Born March 30, 1947, in the former Mercer Cottage Hospital, she was a daughter of Harold M. and G. Maxine Sharp Dunkle.   "Tete," as she was known by all, was a lifelong resident of Stoneboro, who grew up helping her dad with his racehorses and became a trainer and owner of Standardbreds. She and her late husband, Richard, operated King Stables and raced at The Meadows, Northfield, Buffalo and many of the Pennsylvania fairs over the years.   In recent years, her top horses were trotters OWH and Churchstretstation.   Tete was the race secretary at the Great Stoneboro Fair for many years, as well as for many other county fairs throughout the state, most recently in Washington and Waynesburg, PA.   She was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   Tete loved helping others, whether it was family, friend, or a complete stranger, she had the ability to put people at ease. She became an emergency medical technician in 1976 and went on to become an EMT instructor and then a paramedic, during which time she worked for Lakeview and Rural Metro ambulance services.   Her husband, Richard A. King, preceded her in death on March 6, 2013.   She is survived by: two children, Jody R. McClearn and her husband William, and Jason A. Clark and his companion Katherine Dorn, all Stoneboro; three grandsons, Tyler J. McClearn, Stoneboro; Jacob M. Clark, Pittsburgh; and Alex H. Clark, Clearwater, Fla.; and five sisters, Marline I. Leghart and her husband Steve, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Maxine L. Redfoot and her husband John, Stoneboro; Madine R. Wygant and her husband Joseph, Sandy Lake; Polly A. Wright and her husband Ronald, Stoneboro; and Alexa J. Schell and her husband Mark, Sandy Lake. In addition to her parents and husband, a brother Harold M. "Skip" Dunkle, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Calling hours are 7-9PM today (11-27-15) and 1-4 and 7-9PM. Saturday (11-28-15) at the Scott A. Black Funeral Home, 99 Franklin Street, Stoneboro, PA. The funeral will be at 2PM Sunday (11-29-15) in the funeral home. Jeff Zidek  

After a long journey, Coldheartedrevenge has returned to Western Pennsylvania with a new lease on life.   The gelding, now 14 years old, started his racing career in 2003. He achieved quite a bit on the track, earning more than $847,000, some of which came at The Meadows several seasons ago. He raced for many trainers over the years, but in 2012, at the age of 11, his racing career came to a close, more than 200 starts after it began.   Not much is known regarding his whereabouts for the past three years, but in late October he showed up at a horse placement agency in need of a home. That's when several Meadows-based people stepped in.   Missy Rothfuss, the track's outrider, along with Julie Allison and Heather Wilder, rescued the retiree. Rothfuss offered a home for the horse while Allison and Wilder offered to purchase the veteran from the placement agency.   "I hate seeing old class horses that gave their all end up without a home," said Rothfuss. "I've been helping older horses like him my whole life, mostly with riding horse breeds. I like the challenge of retraining them and getting them a second chance. Within the last year or two, I've started doing it with more Standardbreds, trying to promote life after racing for the breed."   Rothfuss recently took part in the Equine Comeback Challenge with 11-year-old retired Standarbred Stormont O My, who she has since adopted. Shortly after helping that retiree, Coldheartedrevenge came along in need of a home, and Rothfuss had room at her farm and in her life to take him in. On October 21, Coldheartedrevenge arrived back in Washington, PA to begin his new life.   The horse was underweight and needed general care, and several people donated money to Rothfuss specifically for Coldheartedrevenge. The pacer that had brought happiness to many horse owners over the years was now the recipient of an outpouring of support. Several horsemen sent money and supplies. Some came to visit the pacer they remembered, and an equine dentist offered his services for free.   Soon Rothfuss, her daughter Shaunna Morris, and family friend Autumn Lullen began working with him as a riding horse, and quickly found that he was calm and laid back, very willing to learn.   As the days have passed, Coldheartedrevenge has been learning more and more, gaining weight and showing his personality. His progress was noted on his own Facebook page, started by Rothfuss, and promoted by others within the harness racing world.   He then caught the eye of horse owner Steven Ream of Ohio, who is now in the process of adopting Coldheartedrevenge and giving him a forever home.   It is a happy ending to the story for Coldheartedrevenge, a classy veteran who deserved a second chance, and now has it.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is asking horsemen to wear yellow or gold on Monday (November 9) in support of Evan Leversage, a 7-year-old boy who is fighting cancer.   Monday's second race has been named the "Evan Leversage - Harness Racing's True Hero" race. A blanket presentation will be made in the winners circle, and horsemen are asked to sign the blanket in the paddock. The blanket will be sent to Evan and his family.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host their 7thh Annual Pink Out event benefitting breast cancer research as part of a special card at this Saturday's harness arcing meeting (October 31), with a post time of 11:25AM.   Featured on the card will by the Mary McCune Trot, featuring a field of nine female drivers. The race is named in honor of McCune, a Pennsylvania native who was a driving force behind the promotion of amateur racing across the country in the first half of the 20th century. She is a member of the Keystone USHWA (United States Harness Writers Association) Hall of Fame. Last year's race winner, Terry Millhoan, will be back to defend her title, driving Investor for trainer Julie Allison in the McCune Trot, which will be carded as the 8th race on the day.   The 6th race on the card will be designated along with the 8th race as Breast Cancer Research events, and both the MSOA and the track will donate their share of the commissions from money wagered on the race to breast cancer research at the Washington Health System in Washington, PA.   Also featured on Saturday at The Meadows will be a seminar for prospective new horse owners, presented by the MSOA and the United States Trotting Association. The event will begin at 2PM in Delvin's Banquet Room on the Racebook level. The seminar is free, and attendees will hear presentations from trainers Robert Barnard, Brad Buxton, Spencer Kahrig, Marcus Marashian and Tim Twaddle. Potential new owners will then be offered the chance to accompany a trainer to the Harrisburg Sale on Friday, November 6. Jeff Zidek  

When Marty Megatron steps onto the track at The Meadows on Tuesday afternoon (September 22) he will, as always, be carrying the hopes of his owner Don Tiger.   However, Tiger's desire for the horse to win takes on a different meaning this week, as he will be donating the horse's purse earnings to the family of horseman Brad Hanners, who passed away earlier in the week.   "I decided that 100% of Marty's net earnings that day will go to Brad's wife and their kids," said Tiger.   He was inspired by what he saw at Scioto Downs last weekend on their sire stake championship night, as horsemen gathered to support the Hanners family.   Rather than just make a cash donation, Tiger decided to let his horse determine things. "Racing is what we love. If it was me, I know I would want a horse to go to the gate for me."   There's no guarantee that Marty Megatron, who races for trainer Tim Twaddle, will get a check in the $6,200 race.   Tiger, however, has made a guarantee, vowing a minimum of $250 will be sent to the family if the horse finishes out of the money.   Marty Megatron is the 3-1 morning line favorite on Tuesday, when he will compete in the 12th race on the afternoon card.   Caretaker Michelle Miller from the Twaddle Stable will be wearing a "Hanners Strong" T-shirt that was given away at Scioto over the weekend, and Tiger hopes that the horse and Miller will be making an appearance in the winners circle.   "If the horse does win, I'll send a win picture along with the check," says Tiger, who adds, "I never knew Brad. I met his grandmother once in the grandstand at The Meadows years ago. I just think that horsemen top to bottom need to help out other horsemen."   Tiger and Marty Megatron will certainly be doing that on Tuesday.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will accept donations for the Hanners Family at the MSOA office located on the backstretch at The Meadows. Checks can be made payable to the Hanners Fund. Also on Tuesday, drivers and trainers will walk from the paddock to the Winners Circle for a moment of silence in Hanners' honor.   Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a very special harness racing event on Tuesday, June 24, the third annual Ruffner/Yoder Gun 23 Memorial Pace.   The event was named in honor of two fallen heroes, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarret Yoder. Both served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and lost their lives in a helicopter crash in April, 2013.   Horseman Grant Boudreaux served in the same unit and helped to create the memorial race in May of 2013, when he and his unit were still serving overseas.   The top race of the day was named in honor of Ruffner, Yoder and the 1st of the 104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard. In all, 20 members of the unit and their families were in attendance, along with several other veterans from the area. They enjoyed sulky rides around the track between races, and four members of the unit, including the battalion commander, took part in a match race, joined by four of The Meadows' top drivers in two-seat jog carts.   The Ruffner/Yoder Pace itself was won by Atta Boy Dan in a track record time of 1:49.2. Following the race, many trainers and drivers came to the winners circle to be part of the photo and greet the veterans. "It was an outstanding day," said Boudreaux. "Most of these guys had never been around a horse, so to get to do the jog cart rides and participate in a match race, that was just wonderful. It was just a great day and we are all thankful to the MSOA for putting on such an outstanding program for us." by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

The Meadows Racetrack hosted its first qualifiers for two-year-olds over the weekend, with eight groups of harness racing freshmen prepping for the upcoming stake season.   Many of the horses that took to the track are headed to the Pennsylvania Fairs, which get underway on June 12 at Wattsburg, PA.   The opening qualifier of the day proved to be the fastest of the session, with Bob Key's Dragon Strikes winning in 1:58.2. The colt, by Art Official out of the Dragon Again mare Dragon Flier K, won for trainer Rich Gillock and driver Tony Hall.   For video of Dragon Strikes' victory and all of the other qualifiers in the session       The fastest trotting mile was turned in by gelding Major Matter, a son of Explosive Matter-Tahiti Springs (Dream Vacation). Owner/trainer Rick Beinhauer was in the bike for the 2:01.3 win, with a final half of 1:00.   Underdog Hanover, owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Jim Reuther, was a 2:02.1 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. The Muscle Massive filly is out of the mare Up Front Pepe, by Andover Hall.   The top pacing filly of the morning was Unbeamlievable, a Moon Beam filly out of the mare DVC Iblievenangles (Life Sign). Driver Chris Shaw guided her to a come-from-behind win in 2:02.3 for owner Mason Shaw and trainer Jason Shaw.   Other winners were Grumpy Tom (Lear Jetta), 2:07.2 in a colt trot for Jason and Chris Shaw, pacing colt License To Steal (Western Terror) in 2:02.2 for trainer/driver Lester Smeal, trotting filly Kelsey Hanover (Muscle Massive), 2:05.4 for trainer Terry Altmeyer and driver Mike Wilder, and pacing filly Fernbrook Hanover (2:03) for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel.   Dozens more freshmen are expected to qualify this coming week. Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is set to host a big night of harness racing this Friday, March 27 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Featured will be the 2nd Annual College Games, which will bring dozens of local college students to the track to enjoy a night of harness racing and compete for various local charities in events such as bowling, cornhole and harness handicapping. First prize is $500, with $250 for second and $125 for third. The event is sponsored by the MSOA, Meadows Racing and the Meadows Chaplaincy Program. The top races on the evening card will be four late closing series finals. First up will be the 3&4YO filly and mare pace, the $28,100 Donna Dunn Memorial. The morning line favorite is Dream Ball, out of the Ron Burke Stable with driver Mike Wilder. It is carded as Race #2. Race #3 of the evening is the $33,200 Ken Weaver Memorial, for 3&4YO colt and gelding trotters. The morning line choice is Keystone Chester, owned by Murdock Racing, trained by Andy Rickert, and driven by Aaron Merriman. The $30,500 Walter Russell Memorial is the 4th race on the card, for 3&4YO colt and gelding pacers. The top early choice is Heavenly Knox, a Chicago invader that has won 5 of 6 career starts for owner Wolf Creek Farm and trainer John Zawistowski. Eric Ledford is slated to drive. Race #9 will be the final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, for 3&4YO trotting fillies and mares. Wu Long, owned by Harmon Racing and Knightstalker Stable, is the morning line choice for trainer Rob Harmon and driver Dave Palone. The MSOA will also be hosting an owner event in the Bistecca Nero Suite, beginning at 6:30PM. For more information, contact the MSOA office, at 724-228-3644. Post time for the Friday evening card is 6:55PM. Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Western Ideal, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Western Ideal, a winner of more than $1.4 million in his career, stands for a fee of $7,500. Bidding, which is currently underway at OnGait.com, starts at $3,000.   "We are pleased to have support from Hanover Shoe Farm on board to assist with our scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Over the years we have had many great partners that have helped our scholarship program to benefit many deserving young people."   The OnGait.com auction for the Western Ideal breeding ends on March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special night of harness racing this Friday, January 30. The second annual Night of Champions will have a first race post of 6:55PM. Activity will begin nearly an hour earlier, at 6PM, when Dave Palone and Ron Burke will be in the track's Racebook area for a 30-minute "meet and greet." Fans will get a chance to meet the record-setting duo, as Palone recently became the world's winningest driver, surpassing Germany's Heinz Wewering, and Burke is coming off a record season which saw his horses earn more than any other trainer - harness or thoroughbred - in North American racing history.   Fans will receive a limited edition poster of a painting by renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly commemorating Palone's record-setting drive at The Meadows, courtesy of the track, as well as travel coffee mugs honoring the accomplishments of Palone and Burke, courtesy of the MSOA, while supplies last.   The night will also honor the horses that earned top honors in the MSOA's annual Horse of the Year balloting for 2014. Twelve horses and their respective owner/trainer connections will be honored, with a race named in their honor during the 12-race card. Video features will also be shown on the Meadows Live! television broadcast and on the track's in-house big screen.   The 6:55PM Night of Champions post represents The Meadows' first night card of the 2015 season. Night racing will take place on the final Friday of each month through May. For a full 2015 racing schedule, visit www.themsoa.com. by Jeff Zidek for the MSOA            

Three-year-old harness racing pacing colt, Cammikey, owned by Cam Land, LLC, has been named Horse of the Year by the members of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Cammikey, who is trained by Bill Zendt and was also named the organization's Pacer of the Year, beat out Daylon Miracle for the top honor. Daylon Miracle, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the MSOA's Trotter of the Year. Chaching Hanover earned top honors as the 2YO Colt Pacer of the Year for owners Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert and trainer Jan Fread. Top 2YO pacing filly honors were earned by Half Past Seven, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and trained by Mike Palone. Among freshman trotters, the top vote-getters were Wimborne Hanover and Matter Hatter. Wimborne Hanover, named the top colt, is owned by Susan Daugherty and trained by her husband, Bill. Filly Matter Hatter is owned by Pius Soehnlen and was trained by Jeff Cox. Top sophomore colt pacing honors went to Cammikey, while Eiffel Tower was named the leading pacing filly. Eiffel Tower, owned by Glenda Collins and Janine Zito, is conditioned by Dean Collins. Bob Key's Jett Star, trained by Steve Owens, was named the top local trotting colt of 2014, while Broadway Socks earned honors on the filly side. Broadway Socks is owned by her trainer, David Wade, in partnership with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel. Visible Gold was named the top aged male pacer for the 2014 season. Ron Burke trains for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and the RTC Stables. Do Me Honor, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the top aged pacing mare, while stablemate Tamarind was named the top aged male trotter. They joined Daylon Miracle, the top older mare trotter, as the Bercury Stable brought in the most awards on the evening. The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year's honorees. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted its annual membership meeting, hosted by organization president Rich Gillock. Gillock opened his report by announcing that membership in the MSOA had increased during 2014 to nearly 800 members. He then reported on the group's legislative process in 2014 and let the members know that the group will continue to work with state legislators in 2015 to ensure a bright future for racing in Pennsylvania. Backstretch improvements from 2014 were reviewed, and plans were discussed for additional work on the barn area in 2015. The MSOA's public relations program, implemented by PR director Heather Wilder, was updated and reviewed by the group. Additionally, Gillock reported that the MSOA's driver/trainer bonus program, initiated in 2014, would continue in 2015. The MSOA's 2015 budget was presented and approved by the membership. Executive Director Kim Hankins then announced the result of the Board of Directors election results, which were compiled by Michalik & Daniels, LLC, of Pittsburgh. In the trainer/driver category, Rich Gillock retained his seat, while Jack Piatt II was reelected in the owner category. The other open owner position on the board was won by Stuart Williams, who has served many terms on the MSOA board in the past. Williams will be taking the seat formerly held by Bill Bercury, who did not seek reelection. President Gillock then presented a service plaque to Bercury, thanking him for his service, and he was applauded by the membership. The annual meeting was held in Delvin's Banquet Room at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

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