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Casey Hite, Brooke Schoeffel, Sara Zidek and Rielly Steuernagel have been named the recipients of the 2018 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Collegiate Scholarships. In all, nearly $13,000 in scholarship money will be presented to the students, who are the children of MSOA members. Hite has earned the $5,330 MSOA Scholarship, presented by the MSOA's Board of Directors. Casey, the daughter of Wayne and Trudy Hite, is a junior at Penn State University-Fayette, majoring in Corporate Communication. Schoeffel has been awarded the MSOA/Hanover Shoe Farms Scholarship. Presented in conjunction with the industry's leading breeder, the scholarship is for $4,600. Brooke is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel, and will be majoring in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman this fall. Zidek will receive the MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship for $2,500. The annual award is presented by the MSOA and Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance. Sara, the daughter of Jeff Zidek, is a junior at the College of Wooster, studying Neuroscience. Steuernagel will receive the $1,000 MSOA/Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented in memory of the late Dr. Betts, a longtime veterinarian at The Meadows. Rielly is the son of James Steuernagel, and will be a sophomore this fall at Allegheny College, majoring in Chemistry and Theater. "This program has continued for many years now, thanks to the support of all of our partners," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "It's one of the highlights of Adios Day for our board, making the presentations in the winner's circle. We are pleased to assist the families of our horsemen with their education expenses. It's a great program, and we have great partners." The formal presentation will take place this Saturday, July 28 at The Meadows. by Jeff Zedik, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2018 -- Windsong Leo rolled to his fifth straight victory in a career-best 1:49.4 in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Windsong Leo was posted farthest outside in the field of five, but when he reeled off the first quarter in a snappy 26.4 before getting a 29.1 breather from Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., he was racing only the clock. Major Nemesis raced capably first over to finish second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Knocking Around rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $315,250, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Wrenn. Live racing continues Tuesday, when The Meadows will draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The draw can be seen at 12:30 PM on Meadows Live! by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2018 -- For 25 years, Pastor Joe DiDonato has served as chaplain at The Meadows, ministering to the spiritual needs of harness racing horsemen and horsewomen and their families. Now, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor him for his quarter century of service with a special ceremony during Saturday's Adios eliminations card. In the winners' circle following the third race, the MSOA will present Pastor Joe with a plaque and a donation for his chapel that includes money contributed by The Meadows community directly and through a GoFundMe campaign. Pastor Joe's ministry is broad. He conducts regular Sunday services, of course, but he also tends to the spiritual needs of injured or ailing horsemen and horsewomen, presides at weddings and funerals, administers a vacation Bible school and organizes holiday parties for children, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Point Park College (now Point Park University), Pastor Joe held a variety of jobs, including radio disc jockey, before finding his calling. Surrounded by gambling opportunities, he confessed to the United States Trotting Association several years ago that he takes advantage of one: "I always say, 'Bet on God to Win, Place and Show -- every day!"  jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2018 -- Parked past the quarter in 27.2, Barn Girl still was so dominant that she drew off late and notched her fourth win in the last five starts in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ready Any Time, who vanquished Barn Girl last week, zipped to the front from post 5, intent on stretching Barn Girl out. But when Aaron Merriman asked the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for more, she found it and defeated the rallying Delcrest Magicstar by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54, giving trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury the exacta sweep. Chapter Too finished third. With the victory, Barn Girl vaulted over $700,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, while Tony Burke enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2018 -- Ready Any Time was set to her task in mid-stretch and responded, just holding off the relentless charge of Barn Girl to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53. Ready Any Time vaulted to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but soon faced the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory. When Palone asked her for more, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Spice Queen found it, edging Barn Girl by a head, with Bessie third. Ron Burke trains Ready Any Time, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $161,513, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, enjoyed a big day with six victories, including one each for trainers Randy Bendis, Scott Betts, Gerald Lee, Jr., Dirk Simpson, Leslie Zendt and Burke. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2018 -- Tuesday's $190,235 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows turned out to be a showcase for first-time starters. All five harness racing divisions in the event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, went to youngsters making their career debuts. The talented quintet includes: Fate Smiled, Sonnet Grace, Darla P, Magical Beliefs and Personal Paradise. Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a training/driving double with Darla P and Personal Paradise. Fate Smiled captured stake honors when she fronted the mile and dug in late to hold off Windy Corner by a head in 1:58. The first-over Something Spicy was third. "My main concern was to keep her quiet; with her pedigree, they have a tendency to be hot," said winning driver Dave Palone. "She was a perfect lady. I woke her up at the head of the stretch, but I never really felt any concern." Ron Burke trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-For A Dancer for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Michelle Yanek. Sonnet Grace found a seat third after trying for the early lead and had enough in the tank to kick by the leaders with a 28.4 final quarter. She triumphed in 1:58.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Ladylilli, with early leader Sky Is Mine third. "I was hoping for another qualifier for her, but I ran out of time when I came up from Florida late," said Rod Allen, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc. "But I schooled her and made the changes I had to make. I think I have her set now. She's a big filly, and I brought her along slow. Hopefully, she'll be a little more developed at the end of the year." Svanstedt said Darla P's talent always has impressed him, but it's something else that sets the daughter of Muscle Hill-Wilsonator apart. "She trained down well, but some horses are nervous about racing," he said. "She's always been focused -- before the race and during the race. " She demonstrated that focus in the Meadow Gladys when she sprang from the pocket at the top of the lane and overpowered Ma Was Right to defeat her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Bushy Tails completed the ticket. The Pozefskys -- Michael, Harry and David -- own Darla P, who likely will race primarily in Pennsylvania but is eligible to some rich year-end stakes. After a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card that features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 30, 2018 -- Showing no ill effects from a month's layoff, Phoenix Warrior N outkicked the game Reggiano and captured Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Trainer Scott Betts treated Phoenix Warrior N for a variety of minor ailments during his time off. The improvement showed, as the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding peeled off cover into the final turn for Jim Pantaleano and nailed Reggiano by 1/2 length in 1:50.2. Early leader Dapper Dude finished third. Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss campaign Phoenix Warrior N, who lifted his career bankroll to $289,913. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Chapter Too, who had been plying her trade at Eastern tracks, made her debut at The Meadows a successful one with a front-end victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Chapter Too zipped to the lead from post 2 for Dan Rawlings and showed she meant business when she wouldn't release early challengers Glidinthruparadise, who broke stride, and Expose Yourself. The 4-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Wood Blue Chip had little trouble holding off the late bid of the pocket-sitting You're Majestic to down her by a length in 1:54.1, matching her career best. Ready Any Time, the 1-1 favorite, finished third. Jenny Melander trains Chapter Too, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $230,123, for Belmar Racing & Breeding. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows features two rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2018 -- Moosonee and Crystal Fashion, a pair of harness racing 3-year-old trotters with lofty aspirations, took a step in the right direction Wednesday at The Meadows when they captured divisions of the $110,260 Currier & Ives. Moosonee was in the pocket stalking the leader, Patent Leather, when Donatover moved on the outside into the final turn and appeared poised to pass them both. But Donatover broke stride, giving Moosonee the racing room he needed. He moved wide for Aaron Merriman and downed Patent Leather by a length in 1:53.4, a career best and just two ticks off the stake record. Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "He's come back good this year, he's matured," said Chris Beaver, who trains the homebred Explosive Matter-Lady Andover gelding for Winterbeary Farm. "I was able to take the hopples off this year, but I don't think it made any difference. We send all our horses to Florida, and they work on sand all winter. He's a big, growthy horse, and I think that helped him. He put on weight and muscle." Beaver said Moosonee, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $128,443, would be pointed to the Pennsylvania All Stars and Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono. "He's staked well, and I'm aiming him for big races, if he keeps showing us that's what he is," Beaver added. Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick found themselves sitting third after a sluggish 59.3 half cut out by I Know My Rights. But his trainer, Jim Campbell, said the Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding had the field right where he wanted it. "He doesn't mind first over," Campbell said. "He's a big, good-gaited colt, and he's gone some of his best races first over." Crystal Fashion wore down I Know My Rights and held off the closing Scirocco Rob by 1/2 length in 1:56.2, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Fashion Farms campaigns the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Campbell indicated Crystal Fashion also would be pointed to the PA All Stars and the Earl Beal but that he has another date in mind. "Like a whole bunch of other people, we're thinking about the first Saturday in August," he said. "He has speed, he's good gaited -- so far, so good." Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever now in his final year of racing, tries for career win 100. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2018 -- Looking For Zelda and Msnaughtyashill, a pair of fillies who already have made an impact in the harness racing 3-year-old trotting division, will try to step it up a notch when they clash in Tuesday's $73,835 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. The three Currier & Ives splits go as races 1, 3 and 4, with 'Zelda' and 'Naughty' squaring off in race 3. The $110,260 Currier & Ives open division is set for Wednesday at The Meadows. First post each day is 1:05 PM. Although she was upset in the championship of the Ohio Sires Stakes, 'Zelda' fashioned a fine freshman season, banking $228,675 while romping to victory in divisions of the Simpson and the International Stallion Series, where she took her mark of 1:54. She was a respectable fifth, beaten only 4-1/2 lengths, when she faced Dan Patch Award winner Manchego in a Breeders Crown elimination. But Bob Key's homebred daughter of Break The Bank K-My Winning Way K showed late signs of wear and tear. "She had an OCD chip in her right hind ankle," says her trainer, Norm Parker. "It wasn't anything extensive, but I do think it bothered her at the end of the year. She had arthroscopic surgery to remove it, and I can tell the difference. I don't see any of the signs that she showed late last year." 'Zelda' opened this year with a win (in track-record time) in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley and a good third, despite an outside post, in the opening leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes. She's been off since that May 4 sires stake. "That layoff is just the way it played out, but I like it," Parker says. "It's allowed me to prep her for the rest of the year." Will that campaign include any of the top stakes? "We have her in Ohio races so that we can get into the sires stake final," Parker indicates, "but she's paid into some of the bigger races. If she steps up to where she looks competitive, we'll probably look at some of the bigger ones." Her main competition likely will come from Msnaughtyashill, who has dominated in her two starts this year -- including a PA Stallion Series event -- by a combined 9 lengths. Perhaps even more impressive in those victories was her versatility; she won once on the front end, once with a relentless uncovered move. "Towards the end of last season she started to grow up a little," says Jeff Edwards, who trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Hill-Msnaughtybutnice -- a Hambletonian Oaks eligible -- for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. "She's stronger and more mature. I sent her to Kentuckiana Farms for the break. They put them on the wheel and turn them out. That made all the difference. "She has a great mouth, so you're able to drive her however you want to. When you tap her on the tail, she knows it's time to go." 'Naughty' and 'Zelda' have met twice before -- in the International Stallion Series and the Breeders Crown -- with 'Zelda' faring better each time. Yet, though she's locally owned, 'Zelda' may not have a home-track advantage. Both 2018 wins for 'Naughty' have come at The Meadows; although she has baby-raced and qualified here, 'Zelda' will be making her pari-mutuel debut at The Meadows. 'Zelda' goes from post 4 with regular pilot Tony Hall while 'Naughty' and Mike Wilder leave from post 6. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2018 -- Dismissed at an eye-popping 168-1, Tell Me Something moved willingly without cover and pulled off the shocking harness racing upset Thursday at The Meadows. The winner returned $390.80 for a $2 win-place-show ticket and completed a $1,155.40 daily double payoff. No one correctly picked the trifecta, which returned a 2-of-3 payoff of $1,279.20, and not a single superfecta ticket had the winner on top, setting up a carryover. Tell Me Something was off the board in each of her four previous 2018 starts. But in Thursday's non-winners of a race event for fillies and mares, the daughter of Winning Mister-Cannot Tell A Lie chased on the rim for Dan Charlino, got back to the cones for a brief breather after the break of the 1-9 favorite, Enough Of That, and scored in 1:59.3. Early leader Winning Grace was second by a neck, with Ad Hoc Hanover third. Jim Daugherty trains Tell Me Something for Michele Daugherty. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Saturday, when The Meadows will introduce a daily Super High 5 wager, a winner-take-all-type bet that has generated huge jackpots and fan excitement wherever it's been offered. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2018 -- On Saturday, June 2, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will introduce a daily wager called the Super High 5, a winner-take-all-type bet that has generated huge jackpots and harness racing fan excitement wherever it's been offered. With the Super High 5, bettors must pick the first five finishers of the designated race in the exact order -- but here's the twist. The jackpot will be paid only if there is a single correct ticket, with that player taking down the entire pool. If there are no correct tickets, or if there are multiple correct tickets, holders of winning tickets will share in the consolation pool. Each time the jackpot isn't paid, 25 percent of new money wagered will be carried over to the next day's Super High 5 while 75 percent of new money wagered goes into the consolation pool. With that format, jackpots are expected to grow quickly. The Super High 5 will be offered on the last race of each card (provided there are at least eight wagering interests). While the Super High 5 replaces the final-race superfecta, each program at The Meadows will continue to feature a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4, $5,000 for the Pick 5. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2018 -- Classicality rolled to his third straight win, scoring in a harness racing career-best 1:52.3, in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. During his streak, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has been ahead at every call. The 3-5 favorite left from post 6 and needed nearly the entire first quarter to reach the front. He defeated his stablemate and half brother, Trustworthy Kid, by 1-3/4 lengths, giving owner/trainer Lisa Dunn the exacta sweep, with Classic Banker third. Classicality pushed his lifetime bankroll to $591,792. In Monday's co-feature, the $18,000 Preferred Pace, Dapper Dude angled off the cones out of the final turn and brushed wide for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. to edge the first-over Lincolnjames by a nose in 1:49.3, fastest mile at The Meadows this year. Early leader Anythingforlove A saved show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, a 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts $1,232,500 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and trainer Jack Smith each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, May 22 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,763.43. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 19, 2018 -- Moosonee moved three wide into the final turn and roared through the lane to capture the fastest division in Saturday's $174,888 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Super Bowl, was contested over four divisions, with Captain Morgan, Whats The Word and Donatover also taking splits. None of the winners was the betting favorite, suggesting that this division will be wide open throughout the PASS season. Moosonee might more appropriately have been called "Monsoonee" for the Super Bowl after a brief, monsoon-like storm rendered the track sloppy. That didn't deter the Explosive Matter-Lady Andover gelding, who angled off the cones for Aaron Merriman and zipped home in a career-best 1:54 in his sophomore debut. Defending PA champ Fashionwoodchopper was trapped in but was able to shoot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with early leader Gemologist third. "I broke his maiden with him last year, and he showed some potential," Merriman said. "As you can see, he grew up a lot. The way he qualified at Northfield, I was very confident today. He won absolutely in hand." Chris Beaver trains Moosonee for Winterbeary Farm. Captain Morgan won a single race at 2, but he came back more powerful and determined, scoring handily on the front end for Christian Lind, trainer Staffan Lind and owners Lind Racing Stable, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth and Kemppisuojalampistable. Evaluate was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, while Im Your Captain completed the ticket. "He was kind of immature last year; he made some stupid breaks," Staffan Lind said of the son of Cantab Hall-Muchness. "This year, he's a completely different horse. We even took off the hopples." Added Christian Lind: "He's always good on the front. As soon as he feels the presence of another horse, he just picks up speed and grabs the bit." Trainer Janice Connor removed the hopples from Whats The Word before his last race; the improvement showed, as he moved confidently first over for Corey Callahan and wore down Hill Street, downing him by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, a life mark. Dawson Springs earned show. "He raced with hopples last year but trained down really well without them this year," said Connor, who owns the son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good with Arden Homestead Stable. "He blew up two starts ago, so we put the hopples back. We also went back to a hood with no earplugs." $80,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters The stallion series event, the co-feature on Saturday's Preakness Day card, might have seemed an unlikely spot for Lindy's Big Bang following his May 5 victory in the $133,800 Dexter Cup, but he overcame a tough trip to win. Also collecting victories were I Know My Rights, Joey and Rich And Miserable. Tyler Buter and his father, trainer Todd Buter, enjoyed a stake double with I Know My Rights and Rich And Miserable. Stuck with post 8, Lindy's Big Bang raced outside before getting the lead near the three-eighths. He held off the rallying Meadowbranch Ricky by a length in 1:55.4, with early leader Bautista third. "It was kind of a group decision (to race him in the stallion series)," said winning driver David Miller, who owns the Explosive Matter-Lindy Of My Dreams gelding with Melvin Hartman and David McDuffee. "I don't know if he can trot in 1:53, and the sires stakes are subject to going that fast. We'll keep him brave. Hopefully, he can keep winning. When they get to winning, sometimes it helps their attitude." Nifty Norman conditions Lindy's Big Bang, who lifted his career bankroll to $127,233. Looped from the gate, I Know My Rights powered to the point and was much the best, prevailing by 2-3/4 lengths over Konnichiwa in a career-best 1:56, with Whoucalncrazy third. Tyler Buter, Lynette Buter and Gene Oldford Farms campaign I Know My Rights, who now has banked $140,505. "He definitely wintered well," Tyler Buter said. "He was full of himself. He can be a handful sometimes, but on the track he's a gentleman. Our plan is just to take care of him, and if Dad wants to try him against the tougher ones, then we will." Joey entered the race off two straight impressive wins in overnights, but could he handle stakes company? Trainer Leslie Zendt was confident he could. "He's always shown that he's had a lot of talent," she said of the son of Yankee Glide-Jodi's Jayme she owns with Bill Zendt. "We've had a little trouble with him getting around the turns here. We always thought he'd be better on a bigger track, but you have to start somewhere." Joey moved first up for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:55.2, 1/2 length ahead of Unforgetable, while Mississippi Storm earned show. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 18, 2018 -- Last year at 2, Hockey Hanover achieved a rare, if not unprecedented, double, winning the harness racing championships of both the PA Fairs and the PA Stallion Series. This year, he's aiming for an even bigger prize -- the PA Sires Stake title. He begins his quest Saturday at The Meadows in the Super Bowl, a $174,888 PASS event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. While Hockey Hanover competed primarily in stallion series and fair stakes last year, he faced elite trotters in a single PASS appearance. The son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover lost to Crystal Fashion by a nose. Says his trainer, Wilbur Yoder: "We wanted to make sure he would make the stallion series final. Once we were sure of that, we decided to try him in a sires stake. He showed he can go with them." If all goes as planned, Hockey Hanover will stay on the PASS trail this year and de-emphasize fairs. "He was a big, strong colt last year, and he grew up a little bit," Yoder reports. "He seems pretty sound and healthy right now. I think we have enough stake races this year to keep him away from the fairs. That's the game plan, anyway." John McMullen of McMullen Stable, which owns Hockey Hanover, is a fixture on the PA Fairs circuit. He notes that the colt would need to race at a minimum of five fairs to be eligible for the championship. "We've put him in races where we've never raced before," McMullen says. "We'll just see how the early part of the year works out. The fairs final is a pretty nice thing." McMullen Stable has bred, purchased and campaigned dozens of horses over the years, naming 39 of them to honor Pennsylvania counties. The Keystone State has 67 counties, so McMullen had plenty of opportunity to change Hockey Hanover's name and extend the tradition. "We thought about it, but Hockey Hanover is a pretty nice name. We decided to leave it, and I'm glad we did." Hockey Hanover leaves from post 7 in race 8, but Yoder, his regular pilot, is recuperating from what he describes as a broken sternum and several broken ribs suffered in a race mishap. Yoder estimates he'll be sidelined another month, so Brian Zendt will take the reins. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 11-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2018 -- When Fashionwoodchopper won last year's Pennsylvania championship for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at 38-1 -- from post 8, no less -- he surprised everyone but his trainer, Jim Campbell. "We liked him all along, but it took him a little while to get himself set," Campbell says. "I'm really happy with the way he's come back." Fashionwoodchopper leads a trio of talented Campbell-trained 3-year-olds into Saturday's $174,888 PA Sires Stakes opener, known as the Super Bowl, at The Meadows. He'll go in race 9 from post 6, with David Miller up. His stablemates, Crystal Fashion (race 10, post 8) and Patent Leather (race 8, post 1) will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms owns all three hopefuls. First post is 1:05 PM Fashionwoodchopper added victories in the International Stallion Series and Bluegrass to his impressive resume, earning $258,449 for the year. He opened his sophomore campaign with a strong show finish in a tough overnight at the Meadowlands, timed in 1:52.2. "He's a really nice horse to be around, a real pleasure to train," Campbell says of the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper. "It's early in the season, so my main concern is that he doesn't get roughed up. I want to get a good race into him without too tough a trip." Fourth in last year's PASS final, Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, banked $161,292 at 2 and launched his sophomore season with an impressive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Where Fashionwoodchopper can race either way, Crystal Fashion likes to come from behind," Campbell says. "He's really good if he can sit on the outside and grind horses down. He really seems to thrive on that." Although he's the least heralded of the three, Patent Leather earned $77,992 last year while racing through injuries. "He's a real gutsy horse, "Campbell said. "He forgot all about those injuries when he raced last year. He has quick speed, and he's gritty." The son of Broadway Hall-Designable enters the Super Bowl after a win in a Harrah's Philadelphia overnight. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 10-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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