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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      

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2016 -- The Meadows and The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) staged their annual "Pink Out" Saturday to aid cancer awareness and treatment with events that included a pair of $22,000 harness racing "benefit races". War Chief captured the "Pink Out for Cancer Trot" while Dapper Dude took the companion pace. War Chief was jumping to the elite class after a series of mixed-bag wins at fairgrounds and in raceway conditioned events. Tougher company proved no problem for the 5-year-old Royal Palm-Screamen Indian gelding, who unleashed his characteristic rally for owner/trainer/driver Ammon Hershberger to down Chef Lee by a head in 1:55.3 on a "good" surface. The first-over See The Wind finished third. Dapper Dude zipped to the front from post 2 for Aaron Merriman and easily parried several challenges, scoring in 1:52.2. The pocket-sitting Unlocked was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Atta Boy Dan a closing third. Bill Bercury conditions Dapper Dude, a 7-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who boosted his career bankroll to $994,110, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including the 5,000th of his career, while Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Washington, PA -- The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is teaming up with Washington Health Systems to fight back against breast cancer on October 22, 2016. The “Pink Out” event will benefit the local breast cancer center that treats women daily in their fight against breast cancer. With a post time of 1 PM, the race card will feature a race dedicated to the Washington Health Systems as well as a non-wagering mini horse event. Meadows outrider, Missy Rothfuss, usually saves lives on the track but has decided to help save lives in a different way. 10 mini horses will be decked out in their pink for a great race and great cause. With the Meadows surrounded by several professionals and loved ones affected by breast cancer, it is a cause close to the heart. October is breast cancer awareness month and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association always dedicates a Saturday race-day to the cause. “We have done this for several years,” says Heather Wilder,” but our second year for Washington Health Systems and it is great to help those fighting against breast cancer in their women’s center right down the road.” The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will also be raffling off a pink harness donated by Silverstone Decorative Concrete. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase on race day, with all proceeds going to Washington Health Systems. “We would like to thank all participants and silverstone concrete for the donation of the harness”, says Kim Hankins. Please contact Heather Wilder at msoaprheather@gmail.com or Megan Semulka at msoaprmegan@gmail.com to get involved or for more information. Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its harness racing 2016 Collegiate Scholarships. This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to seven students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members. The $6,300 Western Ideal/Hanover Shoe Farms/MSOA Scholarship will be divided between Sierra Manzi-Owens and Sara Zidek. Manzi-Owens will be a freshman this fall at Otterbein University, while Zidek will be a freshman at the College of Wooster. The $5,000 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Scholarship will be split between Grace Paver and Brett Schoeffel. Paver attends Temple University, while Schoeffel is a student at Butler County Community College. This year's $2,500 CSC Insurance/MSOA Scholarship will be shared by Cody Walters and Casey Hite. Walters will continue his education at Rosedale Technical School, while Hite will be a freshman at Bethany College. The $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented by LCM Nutraceuticals and the MSOA, goes to Hunter Adams and Kassie Adams. Hunter is a sophomore at Otterbein University while Kassie attends Waynesburg University. The $580 Winning Key Farm/MSOA Scholarship has been awarded to Ryan Zidek. He will be a senior at Saint Vincent College this fall. "The MSOA would like to not only congratulate this year's deserving winners, but we would also like to thank all of our partners in helping us have a record year in terms of the number and amount of the scholarships we have been able to award," said Rich Gillock, MSOA President. "Thanks to breeding donations and the generosity of all involved, we are able to assist these fine young men and women in their pursuit of a higher education, and we are proud to continue our program again this year." The recipients will be honored in a winners circle presentation at The Meadows Racetrack on Adios Day, Saturday, July 30. by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2016 -- Adios Week, the annual extravaganza of world-class harness racing and family fun at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, kicks off Saturday afternoon, July 23, with Adios eliminations. The final of the $500,000 (est) Adios, a showcase and proving ground for the sport's best 3-year-old pacers, is set for Saturday afternoon, July 30. Between those two anchors, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will provide a rich variety of musical entertainment, food and beverage specials, giveaways and contests designed for veteran fans as well as those new to the sport. Throughout Adios Week, fans will enjoy video presentations and live interviews highlighting 50 years of the Pace for the Orchids, including rare footage of the late Delvin Miller, who founded The Meadows and the Adios and named the race for his foundation sire. Other Adios Week highlights include: Saturday July 23. In addition to Adios elims, festivities include the annual Miss Adios contest -- a perennial fan favorite -- and an Adios hat giveaway (while supplies last) courtesy of Xpress Bet for Meadows Racing Player Rewards members. Monday, July 25. Fans are invited to participate in a handicapping contest as well as Harness Racing Bingo. Tuesday, July 26. Meadows Racing Player Rewards members can receive mystery vouchers and win cash prizes. Wednesday, July 27. Adios T-shirts will be given away to Meadows Racing Player Rewards members (while supplies last). Friday, July 29. Friday's card features two $60,000 (est) Grand Circuit events -- the Ed Ryan Trot and the Judge Joe McGraw Trot. DJ Dale Allen performs, and hoodies will be given away (while supplies last) to Meadows Racing Player Rewards members. It's "Family Fun Night," coordinated by the MSOA. Saturday, July 30. Five Grand Circuit stakes will complement the Adios final. The Adios Day card will offer four multirace wagers with guaranteed pools totaling $45,000. Dale Allen will perform, and 970AM ESPN will broadcast live. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association celebrated a special night away from the track on Friday (July 1), visiting nearby CONSOL Energy Park for a minor league baseball game hosted by the Washington Wild Things. After the horsemen enjoyed a buffet dinner, longtime Meadows trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder threw out the ceremonial first pitch (photo).   Bus Lane, a retired Standardbred (shown in photo with owner Alyssa Cummings), greeted baseball fans on their way into the park, and local charity Horses With Hope was on hand to promote their organization as well.   MSOA enjoyed a Wild Things victory, 4-3 over the visiting Florence (KY) Freedom.  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 29, 2016 -- Cue Hall quarter-poled to the front and had little trouble maintaining the lead from there as he captured Wednesday's $14,900 Conditioned Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53.3. Cue Hall was away second behind TSM Photo Bugger, but winning driver Tony Hall moved the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue to the lead. Cue Hall easily thwarted the first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid and defeated the rallying See The Wind by 1-1/2 lengths. Charles VII finished third. Rich Gillock trains Cue Hall, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $191,126, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Hall piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Richard Rastetter, a longtime harness racing member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and United States Trotting Association, passed away on June 11, 2016. He was 74.   Rastetter, of West Alexander, Pennsylvania, was a Standardbred horse breeder, owner and trainer for several decades.   His survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann, and his daughters Jean and Amy. The Rastetters owned their horses together as a family, with Jean handling the training in recent years.   Some of his top horses were Idadazzle, County Treasure and Zorgwijk Kingpin. Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association, c/o The Meadows, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA 15301. from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, April 18, 2016 -- Wasaga Beach, who didn't win either of her preliminary divisions, moved powerfully first over and rolled to victory in Monday's $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Wasaga Beach entered the series as the filly to beat, having vanquished 3- and 4-year-olds in the final of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace. But she was beaten 26-3/4 lengths in the Do Me Honor opening leg and faded to third in the second leg after cutting the fractions. Tony Hall, her driver in both series, thinks he knows why. "She got sick directly after the final of the first series," Hall said. "There wasn't time between the two series to do anything with her. We just kind of had to tough it out. So she was dull for a couple starts, but it really wasn't her fault. "I feel like I over-raced her last week. I take the blame for that. This week, we decided to race her from behind. She'd been good like that before. She seemed to be back to herself today." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Adela Hanover showed no signs of illness when Hall sent her after the leader, Sweet You, down the backside. She gobbled up Sweet You, who broke stride in frustration, making Wasaga Beach's job easier. She scored in 1:53, knocking 1.3 seconds from her lifetime mark. Marty Party Two was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Hall is confident Wasaga Beach is ready for even tougher competition. "I'm sure they'll shoot for the PA Sires Stakes," he said. "I'm thinking she'll have maybe another start or two before that." Randy Bendis conditions Wasaga Beach and owns with Reed Broadway, Tom Pollack and John Campbell. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, a hard-used Medusa got up late to down Show Runner by a neck in 1:50.3 -- a career best and just a tick off the track record for older mares. Coffee Addict rallied for show. Bendis trains the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical, who now boasts $266,867 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Pollack. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 15-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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

Driver Mike Wilder and trainer Spencer Kahrig took time out of their hectic schedules on Thursday morning (March 3), volunteering their time to read to a classroom of kids at Trinity North elementary school in Washington, Pa.   Wilder and Kahrig shared duties reading "Stable Girl," a kids book written by Patricia Harrison Easton that features a day in the life of a young girl at the Snyder Stable at The Meadows.   "It couldn't have gone better," said Wilder.   "I was really impressed with the kids and the questions they asked."   "It was a group of fourth and fifth graders and they had done their homework before our visit."   "They asked a lot of excellent questions about harness racing to both of us."   The children were given goodie bags courtesy of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, including T-shirts, hats and schedules for the 2016 racing season at The Meadows.    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

On the national scene, Foiled Again has garnered many headlines for his age-defying abilities on the harness racing racetrack. At The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Sam Hill has built a similar reputation as an iron horse, and his story is just as fascinating.   Claimed for $20,000 as a five-year-old by Don Tiger, Sam Hill's journey to the top levels at The Meadows was far from easy. Two surgeries left veterinarians telling Tiger that the horse's career was likely over. But the gritty pacer overcame it all, and in the process earned not only the respect of those that have raced against him, but also much needed money for local charities.   After the first surgery, in 2011, Tiger vowed to give 10% of Sam Hill's earnings to charity. After a second surgery in 2012, he vowed to up that percentage to 20 if the horse made it back. He did, setting a track record in 2013 and continuing his success at the top levels two seasons later.   Sam Hill just completed his 9-year-old season at The Meadows with 10 wins in 27 starts, earning over $106,000 to bring his career bankroll to more than $420,000.   To hear Sam Hill's full story, enjoy this video produced by Jeff Zidek for The Meadows:     Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

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  

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