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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  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2019 -- David Brickell and Shawn Johnston each collected a pair of championships -- including a victory in which they dead-heated -- in Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Finals at The Meadows. The track hosted all eight championships, each with a purse of $25,000. Also on Saturday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the fourth annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. Through fund-raisers such as t-shirt sales, a 50-50 raffle and a mini-pony race, the track and the MSOA raised $10,920 for the society. The Night Driver captured the mini-pony race, with Lori Manke and Lila Manke handling the reins. Johnston piloted the freshman filly pacer Silly But Serious to a sizable lead, but Brickell was able to rally Dream Dancing from post 9. The youngsters hit the wire together in 1:56.4, believed to be the first championship dead-heat in the 23-year history of the event. RT Dont Speak earned show. "Three wide from before the half? She was just super," Brickell said of the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Clearly Foxy. "She's just a good horse. Makes me look good." Gary Johnston conditions Silly But Serious, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-I Need Hotstuff, and owns with Joyce Benkart. Brickell's other victory provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics, as he rallied the 3-year-old filly trotter Misty Lane to a 49-1 shocker in 1:57.4. Ridinonarainbow was second, 4-1/4 lengths back, with Giant Possession third. Brickell trains both his champions and owns with Mitchell York. Johnston got his second title with the freshman filly trotter Better Song, who gobbled up the field with an uncovered burst and drew off to down Cocktails N Dreams by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:57.2. Exuberant Gal competed the ticket. "She's been sharp for me at the fairs," Johnston said. "She always trots home for me. She was hot out of the gate -- her legs were swimming -- but she had enough track to relax before she hit the turn." Rick Beinhauer trains the homebred daughter of Better Caviar-Jessie's Song and owns with Regina Beinhauer. In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Andovers Asset Andovers Asset converted a perfect pocket trip to victory when he blew past the favorite, Star Caviar, in the lane and defeated him by 2 lengths for Aaron Merriman in 1:56, matching Boytown's all-time trotting record in a PA Fairs championship. Soldier Hanover finished third. "He usually was on the lead at the fairs because he leaves so well, but we've always known he can race from behind," said winning trainer Linda Schadel, who owns the Andover Hall-Lively gelding with Tony Schadel. She indicated Andovers Asset will come right back Thursday in a Yonkers overnight. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Under Paid Under Paid looked much the best on paper, and he looked just as dominant on limestone, scoring by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:52 for Dave Palone, who refused to release any early challengers. "When they give you a horse that's so much the best, the last thing you want to do is fall into a trap," Palone said. "So I felt like taking my chances. When I kicked the plugs out, he was on his way." Motive Hanover and App Hanover completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Under Paid, a son of A Rocknroll Dance-Upfront Cruzin, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Carr and Phillip Collura. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- April Ava April Ava protected rail position and made it look easy thereafter, jogging to victory in a career-best 1:54. Sure R Lookin Good was second, beaten 6-1/4 lengths, with Crew Sock Hanover third. Scott Betts, who conditions the daughter of Delmarvalous-Jenava for Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts, indicated he plans to continue racing April Ava in overnights at The Meadows and would keep her over next year. 2-Year-old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Stickler Hanover Despite a parked-out opening panel, Stickler Hanover was strong through the lane and scored in 1:57.2, 1/2 length better than Benezia, with Manhattanup No Ice third. "I wasn't concerned one bit (about the first quarter)," said winning driver Brady Brown. "I just took my time getting there. I let him get settled, then I came with him." Steve Schoeffel trains the son of Explosive Matter-Secret Credit for Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle and Michael Munn. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Champ Charbel Champ Charbel pulled the pocket into the final turn and had all the pop he needed to brush by Needham Hanover and down him by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:55.1 for Eric Neal and owner/trainer Joseph Karrat. X was third. "He's been sharp all summer," Neal said. "He keeps on coming." It was a life mark for the son of Ponder-Odds On Affair. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2019 -- On Saturday, Oct. 5, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will take on the festive atmosphere of a county fair as the harness racing track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) host the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships as well as the annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. The races begin at 1:05 PM. Each of the eight championships for 2- and 3-year-olds carries a purse of $25,000. The championships could provide a grand finale for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and owner Brocious Racing Stable, the team behind four divisional point leaders: 2-year-od filly pacer Don't Speak; sophomore filly trotter RT Gloria De Dios, and the freshman trotters Penance and Lindy Pretty Lady. The Pink Out is the fourth presented by the MSOA and The Meadows and features these special events: Mini-pony Races. Contestants must be under 42 inches, and they must be driven by adults 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult. Entry fee, which includes a Pink Out t-shirt, is $30. The winner gets $250. Check out the MSOA's Facebook page Thursday for results of the draw. T-shirts will be available to all for a $10 donation; Chinese Auction. Prizes include a $150 Giant Eagle gift card; a Michael Kors purse; hotel stays; restaurant gift cards, and alcohol-, dog- and cat-themed gift baskets. The auction begins at 12:30 PM, with tickets accepted until race 9. In addition, the MSOA will sponsor a Family Fun Day that includes a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter and a caricature artist. To enter a pony or donate an auction item, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock, 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The 2019 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season ended this Friday and Saturday in this northeastern Pennsylvania town with two days of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing, with the male trotters taking the spotlight. The two-year-old raced on Friday, and the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance posted a 20¼ length victory (after being behind at the three-quarters) for driver Kyle Bolon in 2:00.3 - just a tick behind the all-time state record at the fairs for the division, posted by Vulcan Hanover in an earlier stop at Bloomsburg this year. Penance also earned the honor of having the most wins in the "A" class of Sire Stakes, posting a remarkable record of 12-9-3-0 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the ownership of the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. On Saturday, the Andover Hall sophomore gelding Andovers Asset capped a fine season at the fairs with his eighth win over the twicearounds, in 2:00.2 - tying Vulcan Hanover for honors as being the fastest trotter on the local fair circuit this year. Linda Schadel, who trains one of the fairs' top stables which is usually driven by husband Tony, took a turn in the sulky here and doubled her lifetime total of wins, having won the other time in a race for women at Pocono in 2007 (she has driven fewer than five times in every year since 2006). Tony and Linda own the consistent three-year-old. There were two other eight-time winners in the "A" Sire Stakes in 2019 - one who did not race this weekend, defending champion trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, and one who did, the A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy baby pacing filly Dream Dancing, who became the only circuit freshman to post two 2:00 miles this year when she won on Friday in 2:00 flat. Trainer Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the steady filly. The leading 2:00 mile producer at the fairs with four was Find One More, even though he was edged by ¾ of a length in Saturday's final fair divisional outing by his stablemate in the Todd Schadel barn, the Well Said gelding Motive Hanover, who himself turned in three "magic mile" clockings during the summer. Aaron Johnson handled the driving in this event behind the 2:00 winner for owners Todd and Cody Schadel. Crew Sock Hanover, the sophomore pacing filly who had two 2:00 miles, the only all-age track record of the year (2:00.1 at Butler), and the fastest mile of the year's twicearound traveling show (1:56.1 at Gratz last week), set the pace in her event on Saturday, but was caught out of the pocket by a head by the Somebeachsomewhere miss Queen Bee Hanover in 1:59, fastest mile of the two-day stand. Todd Schadel trains and drove the winner for owners George and Rose Bonomo. The other magic miler of the session was the Ponder - Odds On Affair freshman colt Champ Charbel, who recorded his fifth fair win with a 1:59.4 victory over chief nemesis Life's Marvalous for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joseph Karrat. Todd Schadel and Aaron Johnston tied for the top in Bloomsburg Fair driving victories with four, while Todd sent out five winning charges to be #1 among trainers. For the season, Todd Schadel led both categories with 55 driving wins and 62 training triumphs. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will total up the final points accumulations for the fair year early this coming week, determining the ranking of eligibility for each division's $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the PHHA, MSOA, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 3, 2019 -- Mike Wilder collected harness racing career win 8,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he drove Music N Small Talk to victory in race 13. He achieved his milestone in dramatic fashion, winning six on the day and sweeping the final three events on the card. "You always dream about getting milestones and winning a lot of races, but it's a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication and a lot of help along the way," Wilder said. "I've worked for a lot of good barns that had a lot of good horses. I'm very blessed and fortunate to be able to do what I've done." A native of Springfield, Ohio, Wilder, 47, began jogging horses when he was 8 under the tutelage of his stepfather, David Ritter, who trained Standardbreds at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Wilder was a phenomenon at Lebanon Raceway, where he won 13 driving titles, and he captured two driving championships at Scioto Downs before moving his tack to The Meadows in 2001. Throughout his career, Wilder has been a model of consistency. He's piloted at least 198 winners in each of the last 26 years, and he's earned more than $1.1 million in purses for the last 21 years consecutively. For Wilder, harness racing is a family affair. His wife Heather is an in-demand MC for harness awards banquets as well as a contributor to Harness Racing Update. She recently was elected president of the United States Harness Writers Association Keystone Chapter. "She loves everything about the sport," Wilder said, "and she's happy to do anything that will help harness racing." They both help Heather's father, noted trainer Dan Altmeyer, with his 10-horse stable, and they're assisted in that task by their teenage daughters Scarlett and Lauren. "Scarlett is a senior in high school this year, and when school started, I lost my help," Wilder joked. Although Wilder continues to roll up wins at a relatively young age, he foresees a day when he'll change his focus. "You'd like to drive forever, but this game will soon enough catch up to you," he said. "I definitely would like to evolve into training, kind of follow in my father-in-law's footsteps. I know there's only one Dan Altmeyer, but he's a great teacher. "I love being around babies and training them. Someday I'd like to do the baby scene in Florida in the winters and come back up here in the spring. When that will be I don't know, but like I said, we can't drive forever." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WATTSBURG, PA - After a cool but sunny Monday of racing two-year-olds, the skies threatened the three-year-old action on Tuesday at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town, but a recently-rare show of cooperation by Mother Nature - and hard work by the harness racing track crew - allowed the three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid to circle the twicearound in 2:00.3, just 2/5 of a second behind the all-time Wattsburg standard. In his division of the "A" PA Fair Sire Stake for his class, Under Paid and driver Aaron Johnston were in charge for the mile, posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.3, and 1:31. The weather was again cool and breezy, not conducive to record miles, but Under Paid came home in :29.3, just two ticks shy of the all-tyime local mark shared by Venier Hanover and Midway Island. Under Paid has now won three straight - his fair debut, a pari-mutuel Stallion Series event, and then here at Wattbsurg - with trainer Ron Burke taking a rare dip into the fair waters and emerging successful for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura. A Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes champion in 2018, the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios has continued her solid form into her sophomore season, becoming the first horse in 2019 to win six times in the "A" Sire Stakes level with a 2:05.4 victory, fastest trotting clocking of the meet. Now a twelve-time career winner, RT Gloria De Dios was driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The most impressive horse on the Monday card for two-year-olds was the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta trotting gelding Penance, who won his fifth "A" fair event in 2:06.3, just three-fifths shy of the divisional track record set by Tag The Lady ten years ago. Penance, who also was a winner of a division of the Arden Downs Stake the night before the Adios, has the same connection as RT Gloria De Dios - driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC, whose patriarch for many years was "Lefty" Brocious. Bolon visited Victory Lane twice on both Monday and Tuesday to emerge as the short meet's top driver with four victories. Roger Hammer trained three baby winners and added a sophomore win to take honors as the leading trainer with four triumphs - Hammer was not on hand on Tuesday, as he was attending the funeral of Mr. Gerald Kelly, a longtime Hammer patron and one of the most respected men in the Mid-Atlantic area, unflinchingly kind and calm while operating a moderate stable until his recent passing at age 81. The Pennsylvania fair circuit is right back in action at Stoneboro PA Thursday (freshmen) and Friday (sophomores), with the racing scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This will be the last stop on the "western" swing of the circuit; the four stops after Stoneboro will be two-day and fair sessions at Bloomsburg and Gratz, as the horses make a final charge to qualify for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. (Last year's Fair Championships, remember, were the "coming-out party" for Aflame Hanover, who won a Messenger elimination this past Saturday, and goes for $500,000 in the Triple Crown event this Saturday at Yonkers.) From the MSOA,  Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the PHHA partnership

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2019 -- Suddenly Royal abandoned the pocket past the quarter and made the move stand up as she won her third straight -- and gave harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano one of his five victories on the 13-race card -- in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Although Suddenly Royal was sitting behind the 2-5 favorite, Lakeisha Hall, Pantaleano wanted that one in his rear-view mirror and took the point. Suddenly Royal downed Lakeisha Hall by a length in 1:52 over a "good" surface, with Easy Three third. Suddenly Royal appeared to bear out briefly down the backside, but following an inquiry, the judges did not disturb the order of finish. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Resilient is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC and trained by Christen Pantaleano, who sent out three of her husband's winning quintet. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a pair of stakes for freshman filly trotters -- a $180,505 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $969.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2019 -- The Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) provides irreplaceable services throughout Washington County, rescuing animals trapped in life-threatening situations. Yet the agency has been hampered in its efforts by the lack of a truck to haul the trailer that houses its emergency equipment and supplies. Now, WaCART has launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase a truck . . . and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is helping. The MSOA, which represents horse owners, trainers and drivers who compete at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, has contributed $2,000 to the campaign. Ultimately, WaCART needs to raise $68,160 to purchase the truck and such safety equipment as scene lightning and a radio/repeater system. The organization has collected close to $20,000 and hopes to complete the campaign and acquire the truck next year. "We're delighted to assist WaCART with this acquisition, which will help it save the lives of animals," said Rich Gillock, MSOA president. "Many of their emergency calls involve horses in life-or-death situations, so their work is near and dear to the hearts of MSOA members." WaCART is a volunteer organization, part of a statewide network of county-based units called the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team. The groups rescue livestock and domesticated and exotic animals, though other wildlife is outside their purview. They don't handle cases of animal neglect or abuse but sometimes are asked to assist agencies that do. For example, in a recent incident involving German shorthaired pointers abused at a puppy mill, WaCART volunteers helped secure 94 dogs and transport them to the local fairgrounds; from there, appropriate care/placement agencies took over. Ed Childers, WaCART coordinator, says his group averages about 15 rescue missions per year, ranging from horses stuck in sinkholes to cows stranded in ravines. Sometimes, though, valuable time is lost while WaCART hunts down a truck to haul the supply trailer. "That can add at least 30 minutes to the process," Childers said. "Very often, the animals in need of recuse don't have that extra 30 minutes." WaCART has targeted a van that includes shelving, a bulkhead and storage compartments. "We'll be able to house the van in a heated garage bay at the North Strabane Fire Department, which is centrally located and would be available to us round the clock," Childers said. Both Childers and Gillock noted that WaCART and the MSOA are discussing other collaborative efforts, including WaCART's training MSOA members in emergency rescue techniques. Childers indicated his group recently conducted successful training with horsemen at Parx Casino and Racing, a Thoroughbred venue near Philadelphia. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2019 -- "First Responder Night," presented by The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino to honor the region's first responders and provide a fun evening at the races for them and their families, is set for Friday, Aug. 23. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID will receive betting vouchers and free programs when they visit the MSOA table in the Racebook. In addition, Friday's live harness racing card, which begins at the special post time of 5:30 PM, will include a first responder match race, with participants drawn by lot. The evening also will feature "Family Fun Night" activities that include a bounce house, a balloon artist and a face painter. The Aug. 23 card is highlighted by a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers -- a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) PA Stallion Series event. For more information, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock at 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania harness racing fair circuit split up into opposite corners of the state this week, with two-year-old action on Tuesday and three-year-old racing on Wednesday at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA and - 347 miles to the northeast - the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA. The fastest mile of the week came from the star attraction of the week, as trainer/driver Nick Surick brought the Invitational ranks standout The Wall, winner of the Camluck Classic in 1:52h in Ontario earlier this year, to Honesdale to race in a division of the FFA pace. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding responded with a 1:59.3 mile for Surick and J L Benson Stables Inc. with the photo finish revealing a winning margin of 20½ lengths. Surick recorded a sweep of the FFA pace divisions when he won with the mare Wynnfrith in 2:02.2. Although his father Todd and his uncle Tony each won five races during the two-day session (shortened by three races on Tuesday due to rain) to share top driver honors, the sulky star was 17-year-old Cody Schadel, who joined the exclusive club of drivers who won with their first steer when he piloted Shady Grey to victory in 2:06.2. Later on the Wednesday card, his father recorded the fastest mile of the fair week with Way To Close in 2:01.1, the Western Terror gelding which he trains and also co-owns with wife Christine. Way To Close paced the York oval in 1:57.4 for the fastest mile at the PA fairs so far this year. On the trot, there were a pair of 2:04.4 winners: the filly Bumper Hanover, driven by Roger Hammer for his co-owner on Vivid Photo and trainer, Todd Schadel, and the gelding Andovers Asset, who now sports a record of 5-4-1-0 at the fairs for driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. The freshman "A" Sire Stakes colts races were among those washed out on Tuesday, so speed honors went to the ladies: the Well Said filly Search Light in 2:06.4, and the Father Patrick miss Cocktails N Dreams, undefeated in two fair outings after a 2:08.2 mile. At Waynesburg, a trio of horses tied for fastest winners at 2:02.2 - the two sophomores were the A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid, whom Chris Shaw handled in a rare fair start for the Burke Brigade, and the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, who stunned with a 1:59 mile in her fair debut in "B" SS company, and here won in "A" for driver Eric Neal, owner Wayne Glessner, and trainer Scott Betts. If miles equally timed were decided for honors by the youth of the performer, then the meet's outstanding mile was the Ponder - Odds On Affair colt Champ Charbel's 2:02.2 win Tuesday for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joe Karrat. The baby won twice in "B"s, and since coming to "A" he has gone second, first, and first in impressive fashion. Quickest trot of the two days was the 2:06.2 time turned in by RT Gloria De Dios for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III. Her fellow 2018 Fair Championship-winning filly, Sure R Lookin Good, also visited the winners circle during the meet. Fastest clocking for freshmen trotters went to two fillies who won in 2:07.3, Furious Fast and Siouxpergirl. Just as Schadels tied for most driving victories at Honesdale, so did Johnstons, Shawn and Aaron, deadheat for those meet honors at Waynesburg, also at five each. There was certainly no domination of the winners circle by any trainer at Waynesburg on Wednesday - there were fourteen heats, and fourteen different winning conditioners. Next week the fair circuit will make two stops, but back-to-back instead of side-by-side. Arden Downs, a former home of the Grand Circuit operating as the Washington County Fair, races on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m., while on Wednesday and Thursday there will be racing at the Dayton Fair starting at high noon; at both meets, the freshmen will precede the sophomores. From the PHHA, MSOA and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

CLEARFIELD, PA - The Tuesday and Wednesday cards at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair were devoted to Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for three-year-olds. The pacers, on Wednesday, produced three sub-2:00 miles - with the fastest coming in an unlikely circumstance. The Delmarvalous filly April Ava, winless in 2019 and entered in the "B" division of the Sire Stakes, won off by nine lengths fordriver Eric Neal, stopping the timing watch in 1:59, almost five seconds better than her previous career best. Owned and trained by Wayne Glessner, April Ava had been consistently pacing in the 1:56 range at The Meadows without success, but she obviously enjoyed the move to the twicearound oval, and in the process lowered the circuit's divisional season's record. Fastest of the "A" filly pacers was the Sweet Lou miss Sweet Tea Baby, who came first-over in a 2:00.3 triumph for owner/trainer/driver Stephen White. Colts generated the other 2:00 recordings, with the fastest time for the "boys," 1:59.3, turned in by Motive Hanover, who became the first horse to post two 2:00 victories at the fairs this year. The Well Said colt opened his fair campaign with three wins at the "B" level (including a 1:59.4 triumph at York), was second to stablemate Way To Close in his first "A" start, and here won by 2¾ lengths for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, also co-owner with his son Cody. Yet another Todd Schadel pupil, the Western Terror gelding Find One More, dropped down to the "B" level and promptly won by five lengths in 1:59.4. Christine Schadel owns this three-year-old with her trainer/driver/husband. On the diagonal gait, it was Todd's brother Tony who produced the fastest mile of the Tuesday card, a 2:02.4 victory with Andovers Asset, his third win in four fair starts and a time which equaled the trotting colts' fastest win at the fairs. Tony's wife Linda is the trainer of the Andover Hall gelding, and they share ownership in him. Among the trotting fillies, there were two miles in 2:03.2, and one of the winners was no surprise - since the Muscle Massive miss Touch Of Dough already held the mark for fastest fair trotting mile of the year with a 2:01 at Silver Springs Ranch. Touch of Dough now sports a 3-2-1-0 seasonal scorecard at the fairs for driver Eric Neal, trainer/father Randal Neal, and Neal Racing Stable LLC. The other 2:03.2 sophomore filly trot was produced by a first-time winner in 2019, Miss Right Now, another daughter of Muscle Massive - also in a "B" event, for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, co-owner with Vicki Fair. Eric Neal had four driving victories during both the two-year-old and three-year-old sessions, with his eight total sulky successes earning him the Buster DiSalvo trophy, annually given at Clearfield to the winningest driver. Eric's father Randal is a former DiSalvo trophy winner, and a search was started to see if a father and son had ever both been DiSalvo champions. August is the busiest month on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, starting Tuesday and Wednesday (the 6th and 7th), when there will be racing at both the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA and at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA - 348 miles to the southwest. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, PHHA, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

CLEARFIELD, PA - The first two days of a four-day meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fairgrounds were devoted to Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for two-year-olds, with the trotters going on Sunday and the pacers on Monday. The brightest star to shine among the babies was the two-year-old pacing filly Dream Dancing, who won for the fourth time at the fairs this year, with her final Clearfield clocking of 2:01.4 coming with 2/5 of a second of the eight-year-old local divisional standard of Chrome Over. Dream Dancing finished over 20 lengths clear of her competition, the A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss stepping home in :58.4 for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. Two other divisions of the "A" baby filly pace went to the driver-son / trainer-father combination of Shawn and Gary Johnston, who are having an excellent year with their babies. The Captaintreacherous - I Need Hotstuff filly Silly But Serious has now won four in a row on the fair circuit with a 2:05.1 win for owners Gary Johnston and Joyce Benkart, while the Well Said - Read All About It distaff Write All About It now has a fair scorecard of 7-4-3-0, divided between the A and B Sires sections, after a 2:07.4 victory for owner Dr. William Solomon. Shawn Johnston also won the sole division of the Sires colt pace with the Ponder - Odds On Affair freshman Champ Charbel in 2:02.1 for trainer/owner Joe Karrat. Champ Charbel was second when Halliwell Hanover recorded a 1:59.2 victory in the very first race ever held at the new Silver Springs ranch facility, but he reversed that decision Monday to bring his fair log to 4-3-1-0, again between A and B. Among the trotters the fastest winner was the Father Patrick - Cocktail Attire filly Cocktails N Dreams, breaking her maiden in 2:05.1 for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, who are the co-owners. It was the first fair start for Cocktails N Dreams, who had earned checks in two of the "big" pari-mutuel Sire Stakes. In the trotting male ranks it was the Possess The Will - The Yankees Win colt No Name Yankee who won in the fastest clocking, 2:06.1, in the "B" Sire Stakes section, his quickest among four wins at the lower level for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Two of the three "A" divisions for males went to the circuit's leading trainer and driver this year, Todd Schadel, behind Cool Down Hanover (2:07) and Manhattanup No Ice (2:06.2). The three-year-olds now take center stage at Clearfield, with the sophomore trotters and Tuesday and the pacers on Wednesday, both cards scheduled to start at high noon. From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2019 -- It was in 1999 that Dave Palone brought Washington VC from well back to pass a tiring Blissfull Hall and win the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Twenty years later, Palone still is seeking his second blanket of orchids in the signature event of his home track. He'll have perhaps his best chance in years in Saturday's $400,000 Adios final at The Meadows when he steers Prince Of Tides, one of three Adios elimination winners, from the rail. The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. It isn't that Palone hasn't done well in the Adios; by many measures, he's been terrific. Counting finals, elims and consolations, he's won eight times and collected nearly $1.2 million in purses, behind only John Campbell and Ron Pierce in Adios earnings. "I've been fortunate enough to take a lot of money out of the Adios," Palone says. "I think I have a good history in the race, and I'm always super-comfortable on Adios Day." Yet it's nearly inconceivable that Palone, the "winningest" driver on the planet with 18,880 career victories, should have only one Adios title. There is, however, a solid reason for it. The trainers of top 3-year-old colts often prefer to get season-long commitments from drivers to travel the Grand Circuit with their horses. That usually excludes Palone, who a number of years ago decided to limit his travel to spend more time with his family. "That was the greatest decision in the world," he says. "I was so fortunate to be able to spend my whole career right here, get home at five o'clock every day and watch my girls' softball games or go to their horse shows. I may have missed opportunities out of town, but I don't second-guess anything that I've done." Thus, while he's picked up plenty of Adios catch drives, they've usually been long shots. Things may be different this year. Not only does he have a hot horse -- Prince Of Tides has won five straight and dominated his Adios elim -- but the rules of the stake also favor Palone again. In 1999, finalists were chosen by open draw; when Blissful Hall drew post 8, he had to endure a demanding journey to the top over a track left sticky by rain. That enabled Palone to duck from post 3, rally late and defeat Blissfull Hall, who would go on to win pacing's Triple Crown. "I figured I could take advantage of the one thing I knew -- the racetrack," Palone recalls. "It was tiring, so I took my horse back and 'one-run' him. That's how we got it done." This year, elimination winners earned the right to pick their posts in the final. Even though Ross Croghan, who conditions Prince Of Tides for Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, chose third among elimination winners, he indicates his first preference always was the rail. "He has a big gait and can change gears real quick," Croghan says. "If anything leaves against him, they're in big trouble. He has the post advantage, and they'll have to beat him." A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the champion mare Tug River Princess, Prince Of Tides was a growthy youngster who suffered colt soreness and was turned out after only four starts last year. Not knowing how good he might be, his connections sustained him to very few stakes; the Adios will be his richest engagement of the year. "He's a big, heavy horse, and we decided to shut him down early and let him finish growing," Croghan says. "He has a tough job on Saturday, but he will race good." Palone hopes Prince Of Tides will bring him that elusive second Adios title, but he's not obsessed with the quest. "With my family here, it would be special to me," he says. "But is it something I'm choked up about? Not at all. I love the situation I'm in." The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2019 — Adios Week, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino’s annual celebration of world-class harness racing, giveaways, contests, food-and-beverage delights and family-oriented activities, kicks off Saturday, July 20, with eliminations for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, first post 1:05 PM. The Adios final is set for Saturday, July 27, with the blockbuster card featuring six Grand Circuit stakes underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM. It’s the 53rd edition of the track’s signature event, a prestigious test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers won last year by Dorsoduro Hanover. Over Adios Week’s eight action-packed days, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer a dazzling variety of events for fans of all ages. The schedule includes: Saturday, July 20. In addition to Adios elims, the card features a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, both for freshman filly pacers. The first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. Monday, July 22. Harness Racing Bingo is the order of the day. mychoice cardholders may compete for a $25 voucher. Live racing gets underway at 1:05 PM. Tuesday, July 23. The live card begins at 1:05 PM. Each Meadows Tuesday race program includes a “Trifecta Challenge” game card, with $50 vouchers as the top prizes. Wednesday, July 24. In addition to live racing beginning at 1:05 PM, mychoice members may try their luck in a free handicapping contest on Meadows races. The winner gets $25 in mycash. Friday, July 26. Live racing begins at the special time of 5:30 PM and features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes for 2-year-olds, with combined purses expected to exceed $100,000. Food trucks will patrol the apron while disc jockey A.J. Fresh spins platters from 6 PM – 8 PM and the MSOA stages a “Family Fun Night.” Activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter, a stilt walker, paddock tours and starting gate rides. Saturday, July 27. The Adios Day card is wall-to-wall with Grand Circuit action headlined by the Adios final and the $121,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for sophomore filly pacers. The other four Grand Circuit stakes will offer combined purses projected to top $200,000. In addition, the program will include a $50,000 Invitational Pace and three guaranteed pools: $20,000 for the Adios Pick 4 (races 12-15), $10,000 for the Adios Pick 5 (races 11-15), $7,500 for the Early Pick 5 (races 2-6). North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM – 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. The Adios goes as race 15 on the 16-race program. Adios Box Closes Tuesday, July 16 Washington, PA. A reminder to all horsemen the box closes for the Adios Stakes on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9 AM. Elimination races if needed will be conducted on Saturday, July 20, with a first post of 1:05. The Adios Final will be Saturday, July 27, with a special 11:25 AM first race post time. Adios Day will also feature the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace, The Adioo Volo for 3 year old pacing fillies, as well as the Arden Downs Stakes for 3 year old trotters and 2 year old pacers. All inquiries regarding any of the races should be made to the Meadows Race Office at 724-225-9897. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 25, 2019 – Charities will benefit, and kids and their parents will enjoy an appealing variety of activities including harness racing Friday, June 28 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. That’s the night the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA) and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host a “Driver Charity Challenge & Family Fun Night” at the track. Live racing and family fun events begin at 5:30 PM. A DJ, a balloon artist and face painters will be featured on the apron while a harness racing simulator and family-friendly giveaways are set for the Racebook. For the Driver Charity Challenge, 10 drivers will be paired with a like number of area charities. The “winningest” driver over the five designated races — races 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 — will present a $3,000 check to his charity partner. Each participating organization will receive at least $500. The charities/drivers are: 1.     Bridge to Home Animal Rescue – Jim Pantaleano  2.     Western PA Wounded Warriors – Tony Hall 3.     Washington County Humane Society – Brady Brown 4.     Harness Horse Youth Foundation – Brian Zendt 5.     Pacing for the Cure – Dan Rawlings 6.     Washington County Special Olympics – Chris Shaw  7.     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh – Dave Palone 8.     Arc Human Services of Washington County – Shawn Johnston 9.     Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) – Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. 10.  Harness Racing Museum – Wilbur Yoder “This is a really wonderful opportunity for harness racing to show its appreciation for the great work being done by charitable organizations in the Washington County area,” said Ashley Eisenbeil, PHRA director of marketing.  “We’re also hoping that people new to the track will enjoy it.” Dawnelle Mock, MSOA director of marketing, said, “The MSOA is thankful that the PHRA has selected our venue for this event. We welcome people of all ages to enjoy the night.” For more information on the Driver Charity Challenge & Family Fun Night, visit www.pennhorseracing.com and click “Events” or phone Ashley Eisenbeil, 717-968-6043. By The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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