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WASHINGTON, PA - April 1, 2021 -- Harness racing organizations frequently remind Pennsylvania state legislators how vital the sport is to the economy of the Commonwealth. On March 30, a large delegation of Pennsylvania lawmakers got a chance to experience that impact first hand. A group of 25 PA state legislators and their staff participated in "Legislative Day" at Washington County's Amulet Equine Rehab and Conditioning Center, a session planned and co-hosted by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). The lawmakers got a chance to watch Amulet's expert staff provide veterinary and rehabilitation services to horses in their care, and they also had an opportunity to enjoy jog carts rides (with experienced drivers at the reins). Racing industries support approximately 20,000 direct and spinoff jobs in Pennsylvania, spanning such occupations as the medical care specialists whom the legislators observed as well as horsemen and horsewomen, breeders, blacksmiths, farmers, food and nutrition providers -- even production crews that prepare racing shows for cable TV and the Internet. The informative session came at a key time, as the legislature soon may consider PA Gov. Tom Wolf's 2021 budget proposal, which calls for the reallocation of $200 million from the PA Race Horse Development Fund. If enacted, that budget grab could be the death knell for racing -- and those 20,000 jobs -- in Pennsylvania. "It was a wonderful turnout for a wonderful day, and we're so appreciative that so many legislators could join us," said Rich Gillock, MSOA president. "We can talk about racing's impact all we want, but once our legislators see that impact 'up close and personal,' they have a much better feel for the economic havoc and hardships the loss of racing would cause." Participating lawmakers included: Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny); Rep. Donald "Bud" Cook (R-Washington/Fayette); Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset); Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny); Rep. Joshua Kail (R-Beaver/Washington); Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland); Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver-Butler); Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny); Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Timothy O'Neal (R-Washington); Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington); Rep. Michael Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington); Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset); Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria); Rep. Jason Silvis (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana); Rep. Jim Struzzi II (R-Indiana); Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/ Franklin/Fulton); Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland). by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2021 -- The on-line auction of a Heston Blue Chip breeding, which will benefit the College Scholarship Fund of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), has been extended to noon Friday, March 26. And, as a special incentive for bidders, the minimum bid has been reduced to $2,000. Winbak Farm donated the breeding to their proven stallion, a son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip who took a mark of 1:48.3f and banked more than $1.62 million. In 2012, he won the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 3-year-old male pacer. Heston Blue Chip stands for a fee of $6,000. To join the auction, visit https://ongait.com/Listings/View/10259. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2021 -- Winbak Farm has donated a harness racing breeding to the proven stallion Heston Blue Chip to benefit the College Scholarship Fund of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). An on-line auction for the breeding currently is underway at https://ongait.com/Listings/View/10195 (minimum bid $4,000) and ends Tuesday, March 23, at noon. A son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip, Heston Blue Chip earned more than $1.62 million with a mark of 1:48.3f. In 2012, he won the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 3-year-old male pacer. He stands for a $6,000 fee. This is the second major donation to the fund in recent weeks. Hanover Shoe Farms earlier donated a breeding to Betting Line that raised $6,200 through a similar on-line auction. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - March 12, 2021 -- Due to overwhelming response, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has extended its offer for free programs for every live card at The Meadows. While the two-week initiative was scheduled to end Friday, fan participation has been so enthusiastic -- nearly 500 clicks last week alone -- that the MSOA now will offer free on-line Meadows programs for the balance of this year. Programs are available at meadowsharnessracing.com. The Meadows currently races each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, first post 12:45 PM each day. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2021 -- Looking for a breeding to the hot young harness racing pacing stallion Betting Line? Now you can bid for one -- and help youth in the process. Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a Betting Line breeding, valued at $7,500, to the Collegiate Scholarship Fund of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). The breeding is currently being auctioned on the Website onGait.com. Here is the direct link, which provides full details. The auction ends Tuesday, March 16, at 12 noon. "Hanover Shoe Farms has been a great partner for us with our scholarship program in recent years," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "This particular breeding should generate a lot of interest as Betting Line had a strong year in Pennsylvania. We are very grateful for Hanover's donation to our scholarship efforts." Betting Line, a son of Bettor's Delight with a lifetime mark of 1:47.2f, had an amazing 93 starters from 119 foals in 2020. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- To thank fans for their loyal support, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs for The Meadows through next week. Programs are available at meadowsharnessracing.com. The Meadows currently races each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, first post 12:45 PM each day. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2021 -- The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor and remember the late Bob Key, longtime harness racing breeder/owner who died Jan. 27 at the age of 87, with a winners' circle ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 12:15 PM. As part of the ceremony, a driverless horse from the Key stable will be walked from the paddock to the winners' circle. In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, the number of participants there will be limited to six; among them will be Rich Gillock and Kim Hankins, MSOA president and executive director, respectively. Track announcer Jeff Zidek will recall some of Key's many achievements. Key was a successful industrialist who founded and operated Key Bellevilles, Inc. in Leechburg, PA, about 60 miles northeast of The Meadows. However, his presence in racing was just as significant. He may best be known for winning the 1993 Hambletonian with the homebred American Winner and for breeding and campaigning the millionaire half- siblings Winning Mister and Win Missy B, both out of American Winner's daughter Winning Missbrenda. But with his stable of racehorses and breeding stock, which may have numbered several hundred at peak, his impact on day-to-day racing -- particularly at The Meadows -- was profound. In recent years, he generously spread his horses around, providing work for a dozen or more trainers simultaneously. His results as an owner may be unmatched in the sport. He finished in the Top 10 in owner earnings for the last 13 years consecutively, in the Top 4 in each of the last 11 years. Consider the Bob Key line since the USTA began compiling and archiving owner statistics in 1992: Starts -- 26,886 Wins -- 2,868 Earnings -- $44,190,235 And those results include only horses solely owned by Key; if horses he owned in partnership were added, the statistics would be even more staggering. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2021 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 2021 season Wednesday with a 13-race harness racing card beginning at 12:45 PM. To add to the excitement of opening day, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs that can be downloaded here. The Meadows will race each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the end of March, first post 12:45 PM each day, with Tuesdays added for April. The multirace wagering menu includes: Pick 3 (race 2); Early Pick 4 (race 4); Pick 5 (race 8); Late Pick 4 (race 10); Super Hi-5 (day's final race). The Super Hi-5 offers a 20-cent minimum wager while the minimum bet for the other multirace wagers listed is 50 cents. As always, the highlight of the racing season is the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, one of harness racing's premier tests for 3-year-old pacers that this year is set for July 24 and July 31. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announces the winners of the organization's 2020 Collegiate Scholarships. This year, the MSOA is awarding a record $19,000 to the sons and daughters of the group's members that are furthering their education at various regional institutions. The MSOA Board of Directors $5,000 scholarship goes to Brooke Schoeffel, who will be a junior this fall at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology. Brooke is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel. Hanvoer Shoe Farms donated a breeding to Donato Hanover, and the $5,000 Hanover scholarship is being awarded to Mikayla Wenmoth. Mikayla will be a freshman at Edinboro University this fall, studying Education. She is the daughter of Mitch and Erin York. The Winbak Farm/Heston Blue Chip Scholarship, a $5,000 award from a donated breeding, goes to Emily Williams. Emily, the daughter of Richard and Susan Williams, is a sophomore at Juniata College. She is majoring in a Pre-Veterinary curriculum. Longtime MSOA Scholarship partner CSC Insurance presents its 2020 award to Meadow Twaddle. Meadow, the daughter of Tim and Sophia Twaddle, will be a freshman this fall at Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in Biology. The CSC Insurance Scholarship is valued at $2,500. The Randy Ringer Stable donated multiple breedings to the stallion If I Can Dream to benefit the fund, and $1,500 in scholarship money has been divided among Mackenzie Wenmoth, Rielly Steuernagel and Taylor Riegle. Mackenzie Wenmoth, the daughter of Mitch and Erin York and twin sister of Mikayla, will be attending Edinboro University this fall. She plans to major in Early Childhood Education. Steuernagel will be a senior this fall at Allegheny College, majoring in Theater. He is the son of James Steuernagel and Tiffany Prem. Riegle will enter her freshman year this fall at the University of Kentucky, where she will major in Biology. Riegle is the daughter of Bruce and Diana Riegle. "This is a record year for our scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "This is one of the best parts of our job, having the ability to help these young people reach their goals. We couldn't do it without the support of all of our partners, Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, CSC Insurance and Randy Ringer." From the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA (July 3, 2020) -- The Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel (“The Meadows”) announced today that onsite race wagering will be temporarily suspended effective 11:59 PM, July 3, 2020.  Live Racing at the 5/8 mile harness track will continue as scheduled, though access to the racetrack and racing operations will be prohibited to the public.  Live Harness Racing is currently scheduled to run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, all 12:45 PM start times.  The casino remain open Sundays – Thursday 8 AM to 4 AM and Fridays and Saturdays 8 AM to 5 AM, closing each night to disinfect and sanitize the property. “It is with an abundance of caution that we are suspending onsite race wagering and prohibiting spectators at Live Races,” said Tony Frabbiele, Vice President and General Manager of The Meadows.  “We will continue to work with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and the State Horse Racing Commission to maintain the safest conditions so that we may host live races on the racetrack, as currently scheduled.” While patrons are temporarily unable to place race wagers at The Meadows, fans are encouraged to play online at Xpressbet.com or Hollywoodraces.com.  Additionally, Live Races may be viewed at meadowsgaming.com. The property continues to operate under enhanced safety protocols: Social Distancing Capacity on the gaming floor is limited to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy. Floor decals and signage to strictly enforce social distancing guidelines in areas where lines typically form has been installed. Table game seating is limited, and slot machines are configured to meet social distancing requirements. Live music, entertainment, and convention services remains suspended. There are currently no large drawings, tournaments, or special events. Restaurant offerings are limited and serviced from The Eatery, Bistecca Steakhouse and The Pub.  Adios Lounge, The Carvery and Delvins remain closed. The poker room and valet also remain closed. Health & Safety Team members and vendors are required to wear masks and undergo a health screening each day, including temperature checks, prior to their shift. Guests are required to wear masks and are temperature checked prior to entering the casino floor. Slot machines and table games are thoroughly and regularly cleaned throughout the day. Sanitizer stations have been installed on the casino floor and are readily available throughout the facility. We deploy a fog machine to disinfect and sanitize the property every night.

WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2020 -- After 11 days of silence, PA Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) on when it could resume harness racing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for horsemen, his response was not what we wanted to hear: "As part of this reopening effort, we foresee horse racing reopening when counties enter the green phase, like other entertainment (casinos, theaters, etc). I commend the Commission's efforts to implement mitigation efforts for those who are continuing to care for the horses at this time, and forethought in planning for how to address public health and safety as it relates to each phase of reopening." To read Gov. Wolf's full letter to the PHRC, visit www.themsoa.com The Meadows Stadardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has responded to Gov. Wolf with the open letter below: Dear Gov. Wolf: In your letter to PHRC, you lump racing with other large venues, such as casinos and theaters. The reality is that horse racing occurs outdoors and can easily follow CDC guidelines; because our trainer/drivers and caretakers must exercise, feed and care for their horses every day, we're already on the backside, and we're already following CDC safety guidelines. And those guidelines are working. We've had no COVID-19 positives -- not a single one -- in our paddock and backside areas. Moreover, unlike other sports, horse racing can be conducted without spectators. Fans can watch the races and wager from a variety of platforms, including phone and computer. Since racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino was shut down on March 16, horsemen and horsewomen have been without income. Yet because horses continue to need food, bedding, exercise and veterinary care, expenses have continued. While other small businesses can cut costs and furlough staff, racing stables cannot do the same. Costs for upkeep of a single Standardbred can reach $2,500 per month -- and there has been no income to offset this. Many of us have applied for unemployment compensation and government loans; some have yet to hear back or receive any funding to help us through this unprecedented time. Consider the plight of D&G Stables, operated by Dean and Glenda Collins at the Meadows. Of the nine horses in its stable, D&G owns seven outright, meaning there are no outside owners to help them meet their significant monthly bills. Right now, this situation is altogether typical. Norm Parker, who trains 30 horses at the Meadows, puts it this way: "If we have a reopening date we could shoot for. our horses will be ready to race and start making money again. We are hoping to reach the 'green' phase and start earning a living again. We'll be able to pay our vendors. pay for hay and feed, and it will make everyone feel a little bit better." Currently, 90 percent of the people needed to resume live racing at The Meadows are already reporting to the backside and working every day. Trainer/drivers are here. Caretakers are here. Track and facilities maintanence staff are here. Security personnel are here. Resumption of racing would require about 20 additional people -- and these would be at scattered sites. State veterinarians and other PHRC personnel would be on the backside, but state judges would be at their office in the main casino building. The TV production crew would be in that bulding or outdoors while pari-mutuel clerks -- to handle phone wagers -- would work in a completely separate facility. Thus, the population on the backside, where stringent CDC measures already are in place, would be increased by only a few people. In light of all this, the MSOA respectfully requests that you reconsider your timeline and authorize immediate resumption of live racing, without spectators, at The Meadows. Indeed, our neighboring state of Ohio has done just that, announcing that live racing in Ohio can resume on May 22. Similarly, Indiana and Ontario have announced that live racing at their tracks will resume in June. If you authorize the reopening of racing at The Meadows now, you will immeasurably aid our horsemen and horsewomen, provide a much-needed form of entertainment for Pennsylvanians and, since the Commonwealth receives a commission on every wager, restore a key revenue stream to the state. And you'll accomplish this without adversely affecting public health and safety. Respectfully, Richard G. Gillock, President Meadows Standardbred Owners Association The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for horsemen and horsewomen. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2020 -- The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has introduced a live video harness racing feature to help fans get up close and personal with horsemen and horsewomen at The Meadows. Called Straight from the Gate, the 10-minute interview show airs on Facebook Live each Friday at 12:15 PM. Dawnelle Mock, MSOA marketing director, conducts the interviews while track photographer Chris Gooden provides the video. Guests so far have included drivers Brady Brown, Tony Hall and Mike Wilder, trainers Jason Robinson and John Zawistowski, parade marshal/outrider Missy Rothfuss and Starting Judge Joe Denman. The guest for Friday, Feb. 7 is trainer Dirk Simpson. The starting gate serves as the backdrop for the interviews, so the show is sponsored, appropriately enough, by Woebkenberg Starting Gates, which has teamed with the MSOA for a giveaway. Each Thursday, when the next day's guest is posted on Facebook, all those who like or share the post or tag a friend are entered in a drawing for a free Woebkenberg sweatshirt or t-shirt. Gooden sometimes enriches the prize pool by contributing a photograph. To access Straight from the Gate, visit https://m.facebook.com/MeadowsStandardbredOwnersAssociation/?ref=bookmarks By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2019 -- The Big Reveal is set for Saturday's "Day of Champions" when The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announce and crown the track's harness racing Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. The winners in 12 other divisions already have been disclosed. All awardees were selected by a vote of MSOA membership. Awards will be presented to the connections of all the winners during the live card, which begins at 1:05 PM. As part of the festivities, the MSOA will give away hats commemorating Dave Palone's 19,000th career win. The first 100 patrons are eligible. Trainer Norm Parker will be honored for a pair of 3-year-olds, Wild Wild Western and Explosive Form, while Nick Catalano co-owns two champions, Dracarys Z and April Ava. Trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury will accept the award for Touchamatic as Older Mare Pacer of the Year, but the honors for Bill Bercury don't stop there. With just a few days remaining in the year, Bercury ranks atop all trainers in harness racing (in the Fewer Than 300 starts Category) with a remarkable .580 Universal Trainer Rating (UTR). With the second-leading trainer at .524, the national title likely will be Bercury's. Winners already announced are: 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Dracarys Z Trainer: Carl Cocciolone; Owners: Carl Cocciolone, Mark Sosovicka, Nick Catalano, Dana Kahrig 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- Coral Reef Hanover Trainer: Dan Altmeyer; Owners: Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson; Lone Wolf Stables, Walter Gesek Stable 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Stickler Hanover Trainer: Steve Schoeffel; Owners: Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, Michael Munn 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Friday Night Storm Trainer: Ray Romanetti; Owners: Lori Romanetti, Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Wild Wild Western Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli, John Deters 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- April Ava Trainer: Scott Betts; Owners: Nick Catalano, Tim Betts 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Explosive Form Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: George Romanoff, Mark Goldstein, Norm Parker Stable 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Lindy Misssunshine Trainer: Wilbur Yoder; Owner Richard Hess Older Horse Pacer -- Dapper Dude Trainer: Tim Twaddle; Owner: Micki Rae Stables Older Mare Pacer -- Touchamatic Trainer: Bill Bercury; Owner: Renee Bercury Older Horse Gelding/Trotter -- Bluebird Jesse Trainer: Sarah Andrews; Owners: John McGill, Adam Friedland Older Mare Trotter -- Maewegonow Trainer: Richard Perfido; Owner: Thomas Mattingly LIVE RACING RESUMES THURSDAY AT THE MEADOWS Following a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday with a 13-race card that kicks off at 1:05 PM. The Meadows will stage four more live programs this year — Dec. 26, Dec. 27, Dec. 28, Dec. 30 — with anticipation building for Monday’s card. Because that’s the last day of the current meeting, the Super Hi 5 and the final Pick 5, Pick 4 and Superfecta must be paid out. With the Super Hi-5 jackpot at $105,000.36, heavy play is expected Monday, and The Meadows has suspended the Super Hi-5 until then. The Super Hi-5 will be offered on Monday’s 13th race, the final event on the card, which also features the championship legs of five Holiday Claiming Series. First post Monday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2019 -- On Saturday, Dec. 28, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor the track's top harness racing horses of 2019 at the annual "Day of Champions." During the live card, which begins at 1:05 PM, the connections of winners in 12 divisions will be presented with awards. Winners of "Pacer of the Year," "Trotter of the Year" and "Horse of the Year" will be revealed that day. All champions were selected by a vote of MSOA membership. As part of the festivities, the MSOA will give away hats commemorating Dave Palone's 19,000th career win. The first 100 patrons are eligible. Trainer Norm Parker will be honored for a pair of 3-year-olds, Wild Wild Western and Explosive Form, while Nick Catalano co-owns two champions, Dracarys Z and April Ava. The awardees are: 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Dracarys Z Trainer: Carl Cocciolone; Owners: Carl Cocciolone, Mark Sosovicka, Nick Catalano, Dana Kahrig 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- Coral Reef Hanover Trainer: Dan Altmeyer; Owners: Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson; Lone Wolf Stables, Walter Gesek Stable 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Stickler Hanover Trainer: Steve Schoeffel; Owners: Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, Michael Munn 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Friday Night Storm Trainer: Ray Romanetti; Owners: Lori Romanetti, Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Wild Wild Western Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli, John Deters 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- April Ava Trainer: Scott Betts; Owners: Nick Catalano, Tim Betts 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Explosive Form Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: George Romanoff, Mark Goldstein, Norm Parker Stable 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Lindy Misssunshine Trainer: Wilbur Yoder; Owner Richard Hess Older Horse Pacer -- Dapper Dude Trainer: Tim Twaddle; Owner: Micki Rae Stables Older Mare Pacer -- Touchamatic Trainer: Bill Bercury; Owner: Renee Bercury Older Horse Gelding/Trotter -- Bluebird Jesse Trainer: Sarah Andrews; Owners: John McGill, Adam Friedland Older Mare Trotter -- Maewegonow Trainer: Richard Perfido; Owner: Thomas Mattingly SUPER HI-5 OVER $100,000 The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows has crashed through the $100,000 barrier. Thanks to another carryover, Tuesday's jackpot stands at $101,806.41, the first six-figure jackpot in the history of the wager at The Meadows. The track offers the Super Hi-5 on the final race of each live card. First post for Tuesday's 13-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2019 -- When it's Army vs. Navy in football, it's a spectacle. Monday at The Meadows will be as spectacular as it will feature Army vs. Navy vs. Air Force vs. Coast Guard in a special match race that will highlight the Veterans Day tribute and celebration presented by the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Veterans of those four military branches, each paired with a Meadows driver, will compete in the match race. Actually, the Army will have two representatives in the five-veteran field. Participants, along with their ranks when active, are: Sue Bales, Sergeant, U.S. Army; Suzanne Hicks, Specialist (E-4), U.S. Army; Brian Judy, Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy; Michael Lutz, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, U.S. Air Force; David Polofcha, Petty Officer Second Class (E-5), U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the tribute, The Meadows will offer a complimentary buffet lunch in the Carvery restaurant to active military and veterans while the MSOA will provide them with free t-shirts, programs and wagering vouchers. Veterans and active military also may enjoy paddock tours and starting gate rides courtesy the MSOA. First post for Monday's live card is 1:05 PM, with the time of the match race to be determined. The jackpot for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has jumped again. The carryover for Friday's Super Hi-5 is $24,811.20. The wager is offered on the final race of each live card. First post for Friday's 13-race program is 1:05 PM. For more information or to register for any of the day's events or giveaways, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock, 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com -- and be sure to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook on Nov. 11. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will salute America's armed forces during the live card on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, with a variety of activities honoring and highlighting active military and veterans. As part of the tribute, The Meadows will offer a complimentary buffet lunch in the Carvery restaurant to active military and veterans while the MSOA will provide them with free t-shirts, programs and wagering vouchers. In addition, the card will feature a match race that pits representatives of each of the five service branches. Veterans and active military also may enjoy paddock tours and starting gate rides. First post is 1:05 PM. For more information or to register for any of the day's events or giveaways, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock, 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com -- and be sure to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook on Nov. 11. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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