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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2019 -- Trainer Robert Rougeaux III is a man of many interests. He was graduated from Penn State in 2006 with a degree in animal science with concentrations in equine science and agricultural business. As an equine dental practitioner, he treats more than 1,000 patients per year. On Saturday, though, his attention will be riveted on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships at The Meadows, where he'll send out the harness racing point leaders in three of the eight divisions among his five entrants overall. Saturday's festivities also feature the fourth annual Pink Out, presented by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. When he graduated, Rougeaux (pronounced Roo-ZHAY) pondered veterinary school but ultimately rejected the idea. "After four years of college, I was ready to make money rather than spend money," he recalls. Instead, he joined his grandfather, Harold Brocious, in Brocious Racing Stable, which Brocious co-founded in Marion Center, Indiana County. Now that Brocious has passed on, Rougeaux operates the stable, its farm and track with his cousin, Tommy Loughrey, racing stock at the fairs and The Meadows. "When we go to yearling sales, we try to buy bargains we expect to be fairs horses," he says. "If they turn out to be better than that, so be it. The last few years, we were lucky enough to have a few stakes horses." There may be more than luck at play, though, as Rougeaux and Loughrey actually campaigned four fairs points leaders this year, but their homebred 3-year-old trotting filly, RT Gloria De Dios, fractured a coffin bone while winning her last race and has been retired to the breeding shed. Here's Rougeaux' take on the other three: Lindy Pretty Lady (race 2, post 4, Kyle Bolon), a freshman filly trotter who's finished in the money in all 16 starts: "She's not the fastest filly out there. She's beaten all the fillies in the field, but she's been beaten by them, too. If she gets the right trip, she can do some damage." Penance (race 4, post 5, Bolon), a 2-year-old gelding trotter: "It's hard to believe we were able to buy a Father Patrick for $10,000. But it's a tough bunch. It may come down to who gets the best trip." RT Dont Speak (race 5, post 5, Wayne Long), a freshman filly pacer. "She's had some trouble with the inconsistencies of surfaces and pace at the fairs. We made some rigging changes on her and started driving her a certain way. The last couple fairs she was a little sore in the right front, but I think I have that ironed out." The Pink Out features mini-pony races and a Chinese auction with such prizes as 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, a caricature artist and Pink Out t-shirts available for a $10 donation. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the harness racing leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until driver Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequila Talkin by 2-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4, while Kate's Massive saved show. Robert Rougeaux III trains Rainbowinthewest, who extended her career earnings to $128,271, for Brocious Racing Stable and Lone Wolf Stable. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships as well as the annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. For full race results and enteries click here. 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

DAYTON PA - The two-year-old trotting filly Nicole Hanover won her harness racing career debut in June at the Dayton Fairgrounds, and on Thursday she returned to the track and posted a new track record for age, sex, and gait with a 2:03.4 victory. The daughter of Explosive Matter, driven by trainer Robert Rougeaux III for the Brocious Racing Stable Inc., came home in 29.4 en route to shaving 2/5 of a second off the previous local standard, set by Lovebeinglucky one year, one month, and one day previously. The time was also faster than the best clocking produced by a baby colt trotter or a sophomore filly trotter. Her colt counterpart in winning the "A" Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stake was the Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover, whose 2:05.4 victory enabled him to remain second in that division's standings behind Hockey Hanover, winningest freshman trotter in North America with eight. Trainer Wayne Long guided the fast youngster for owners Bill Kreutzer and Denton Barrett. (It's appropriate that the first two horses featured were under the guidance of Long and Rougeaux - Wayne was the leading driver at the meet with four wins, while Bob conditioned an equal number of success stories to take that crown.) On the freshman pacing side, Venier Hanover returned to the track where the legend started, when he paced in 1:58 in his second lifetime start to miss the all-age track record of J T Arturo by a mere fifth. On Thursday Venier Hanover stepped home identical back quarters of 29.1 to stop the timer in 2:01.1 for his sixth fair win for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. Venier Hanover came back on short rest, having on Monday been third in a pari-mutuel Sire Stakes at The Meadows after having the lead in the stretch. The two-year-old filly pacers rate a mention since one of their "B" cuts went from a "Krenitsky walkover" to a "Krenitsky walkover." Trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr. dropped in the only two starters declared, Boys Move Over and TSM Gusta T, so he was assured of 100% of the $2600 purse; then TSM Gusta T was scratched, so Boys Move Over completed a "traditional walkover" in 2:13 for trainer Krenitsky Jr., driver Eric Neal, and owner Julie Krenitsky. The three-year-olds had their day on Wednesday, with the Yankee Cruiser pacing gelding Ginger Tree Marty pacing to his fifth 2:00 mile of the fair season and seventh fair victory (the last six in a row), motoring home in 57 - 28 to complete the 2:00 triumph for trainer-driver Sam Beegle and the ownership of Ginger Tree Stable LLC and Bob Reber. And finally - remember the point above where we noted Wayne Long was the meet's leading driver and Bob Rougeaux III the leading trainer? The race that assured that split was the fastest trot mile of the session, when the Lucky Chucky gelding Vegas Chuck tallied in 2:03.1 for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable -- and driver Long and trainer Rougeaux! Next stop on the PA fair circuit is at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA, with two cards starting at 11 a.m. - the Wednesday races featuring two-year-olds and the Boots Dunn Memorial FFA Pace, and the Thursday card spotlighting three-year-olds and the Boots Dunn Memorial FFA trot. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2016 -- Racing as Lone Wolf Stable, Brian Gillespie has done well at The Meadows, even sending a starter to last week's Adios eliminations. But there was one weapon missing from his harness racing equine arsenal -- a horse to compete in Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $53,048 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows. Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, on the other hand, had just such a horse, a promising 2-year-old gelding trotter named Box Of Luck. The connections talked Thursday and worked out the sale of a share of Box Of Luck to Lone Wolf. The result was pure storybook, as the son of Lucky Chucky-New DVD captured his Ed Ryan division in1:59 for his third win in five outings. Equestrianconxtion was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while Toolbox Tuesday earned show. "It's (Gillespie's) grandfather's memorial race, and he kind of wanted to have a dog in the fight," Rougeaux said. "I understand that. We have memorials for my grandfather at the fairs, and we'll race our rear ends off to try to win that blanket. So we worked out a deal." Muay Hanover and Don Dream also took Ed Ryan splits in identical clockings of 1:57.1. Dave Palone pulled the pocket with Muay Hanover into the final turn and collected a measured victory in 1:57.1. Vegas Chuck was second, 1/2 length back, with Moonshiner Hanover third. "I think the track tonight is actually better if you sit off the rail a little bit," Palone said. "So I just wanted to get him out in the good footing. He felt great in the bit. I thought it would turn into a sprint, and I had plenty of horse." Ron Burke trains Muay Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Musetta Hanover, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Don Dream saved ground before brushing through the stretch for Tony Hall and downing Andy M by 2 lengths. Early leader Monsta Hanover completed the ticket. "He had a little bit of a snafu in his first race, but we can live with that because he's doing the job now," said Todd Rooney, who trains the son of Donato Hanover-Gabbys Dream and owns with Kimberly Farmer. "Tonight we thought we might have to go to the front, but it turned out we didn't have to. This was a good education for him." $49,800 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters In Friday's co-feature, a Grand Circuit stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw, Dangle Than Deke set a stake record of 1:55.4 while extending her unbeaten streak to four. She erased the old mark of 1:56.1 established in 2013 by Broadway Socks. The other divisions went to Youvegotwhatitakes and EZ Passer. Dangle Then Deke -- her name is a mash-up of a pair of ice hockey maneuvers -- moved first over for Mike Wilder and defeated Temple Ruins by 1-1/2 lengths, with Lovebeinglucky third. "In terms of desire and gait, she's the best 2-year-old filly I've ever had," said Dirk Simpson, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles for James Bafia. "Her desire is unbelievable. She's easy on herself on the off days, but when she gets behind the gate, she's all business." Youvegotwhatitakes enjoyed a second-over trip and tracked down the leader, Trixie Dust, in the lane to down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Blue Line Sniper earned show. "The first quarter was 27," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "These are 2-year-old trotters, so I thought they'd come back to me. I had plenty of time to catch them. She's game." Erv Miller trains Youvegotwhatitakes, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Char Catie Becca, for Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger. EZ Passer was well back early for Hall, trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli, but Hall indicated he liked his position. "They told me she gets hot and not to do anything too quick with her," he said. "She kind of backed herself off, and I didn't want to force the issue. She was great following cover -- stayed nice and relaxed." The daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad prevailed in 1:57.3, 6-3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Blameitonthealcohl was third. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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