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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2016 -- Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in 1:54 -- matching her career best -- in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy 27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine easily thwarted the first-over bid of Whata Donato and defeated her by 3/4 lengths for Jim Pantaleano. Boo's Party Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $192,964, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2016 -- Coffee Addict outdueled Medusa in the stretch to score a narrow harness racing victory in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Coffee Addict retook the lead for Jim Pantaleano past the quarter and enjoyed a much-needed 29.1 second-panel breather. That served her well late, when she was able to hold off the first-over Medusa by a nose in 1:52.4. Early leader Tipitina saved show. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 6-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $452,529 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 27, 2016 -- Dismissed at 9-1, Cantab Lindy found late racing room and pulled off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cantab Lindy was pinned along the pylons at the top of the lane, 4 lengths behind. But when Jim Pantaleano steered him through a seam, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding roared through and scored in 1:55.2. Final Breath raced well off an eight-month layoff to be second, a head behind, while early leader Trustworthy Kid saved show. Brent Davis owns and trains Cantab Lindy, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 26, 2016 -- Scented Roses captured her fourth straight victory Tuesday at The Meadows when she scored easily in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Scented Roses retook the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and widened her margin late, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths over Whata Donato in 1:56.2 on a "good" surface. Boo's Party Girl rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Scented Roses, a 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Scent Of A Woman who extended her career bankroll to $139,014, for Burke Racing Stable. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. Burke, harness racing's leading trainer for many years, enjoyed a rare win in the sulky -- in only his second drive of the year at The Meadows -- when he steered first-time starter Rugged Wear to victory. Burke and his mother, Sylvia, bred and own the 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Hip Huggers. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Shoved four wide through the final turn, Tipitina blazed through the stretch to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Tipitina was third over down the backside and appeared to have excess cover. But when Eric Goodell showed her racetrack, she brushed past the field and nipped Spreester by a nose in 1:54.1. Early leader Set Me Up saved show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly who captured her second straight race and pushed her career bankroll to $212,969, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Jim Pantaleano collected six wins -- including four legs of the Pick 5 -- while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Fueled by a four-day carryover and a $25,000 guarantee, the Pick 5 returned $25,990.75 for a single winning 50-cent ticket. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2016 -- Dew N Doughnuts moved willingly second over before vaulting to the lead in the stretch and capturing the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace on Friday's snow-shortened harness racing card at The Meadows. The track canceled the final seven of 13 scheduled races when persistent snow rendered the surface hazardous. Dew N Doughnuts followed the cover of My Temudjin N before Tony Hall moved him three wide into the final turn. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration held off the unlucky Capital Account, who lacked racing room, and defeated him by a neck in 1:55.4 on a surface listed "good." Early leader Bestinthebusiness saved show. Norm Parker trains the homebred Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $278,049 in career earnings, for Thomas Klosky, Jr. Among the races cancelled were those comprising the Pick 5, which was to feature a $25,000 total-pool guarantee. That guarantee will be offered for Monday's Pick 5. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 19, 2016 -- Boo's Party Girl had plenty to celebrate Tuesday at The Meadows as she pulled off a 23-1 harness racing shocker in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. The longest shot on the board, Boo's Party Girl had been racing exclusively in conditioned races until her promotion to the top trot last week. On Tuesday, she was third over and seemingly no threat when trainer/driver Brian Zendt moved her wide for the drive. The 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda roared past the field and triumphed in 1:56 over a "good" surface, matching her career best. Bessie shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with Anaffairtoremember third. Dunn Stable bred and owns Boo's Party Girl, who now boasts $172,764 in lifetime earnings. Dave Palone drove five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Dane Snyder fashioned a three-bagger. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2016 — Set Me Up enjoyed a pocket trip, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Set Me Up grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone but released Hidden Land approaching the quarter. The 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight was fresher in the lane, downing Hidden Land by 1/2 length in 1:54 over a “good” surface. Spreester rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Set Me Up, who triumphed for the third time in her last five starts and extended her career bankroll to $364,380, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Eric Ledford and Palone each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. THE MEADOWS TUESDAY CARD FEATURES PAIR OF $5K POOL GUARANTEES WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2016 -- On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total-pool guarantees -- a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While The Meadows offers a $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee each card, the track added the "instant" Pick 5 guarantee after Monday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $1,648.84. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 11-15) 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 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2016 -- Major Athens waltzed through a soft front half that enabled him to cruise to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Tony Hall gave Major Athens opening fractions of 29.3/59.2, the 6-year-old son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Tamarind and scoring in 1:56.4. The pocket-sitting Keystone Chester finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Redder Than Red third. Rich Gillock trains the homebred Major Athens, who now boasts $470,585 in career earnings, for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. Mike Wilder and Hall each collected three wins on the 15-race card. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2016 -- Harness racing driver Rod Bolon notched career driving win 2,000 when he piloted Bloomington -- a horse he trains -- to victory in Tuesday's second race at The Meadows. Bolon also has collected 644 training victories (since 1991 when the United States Trotting Association began compiling trainers' records) in a career that began after he graduated from high school in Jerusalem, Ohio. "I came to The Meadows the day after I graduated, and I've been here ever since," he said. "I've been around forever, so it's nice to reach 2,000. I'm not into career numbers, but it's good." He learned the business from his father, trainer/driver Paul Bolon, who campaigned horses primarily at The Meadows and Northfield Park, and his older brother, Ben Bolon, a successful driver at The Meadows for several decades. With that introduction to the sport, there was little doubt about his career choice. "It's all I've ever done, and it's all I've ever wanted to do," he said. With the support of his principal owner through the years, Jim Snyder, Bolon built his stable by purchasing stakes veterans after their 3-year-old campaigns. Among the many horses he's trained and driven, Bolon cited the trotter Durgin Hanover ($386,902) and the pacer Real Hanover as his favorites. Although Real Hanover earned a chunk of his $478,983 at The Meadows, he sparkled in his handful of starts each year in Lexington. "He was slow leaving the gate," Bolon said, "but he loved that long stretch at the Red Mile." The Meadows-based trainer Julie Allison helped Real Hanover prepare for a new career after his racing days ended, and he was placed as a riding horse through New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Bolon's win production slowed when he turned over most of the driving duties to his son Kyle. The younger Bolon, however, recently signed on as an assistant to Tony Alagna. Rod said he and his wife Sally, who owns Bloomington, will continue to work with their stable of about 10 head . . . and that we can expect to see him in the sulky more often. "If I have six or seven to drive each week, that's great," he said. BESSIE POWERS THROUGH THE SNOW TO WIN MEADOWS $20K F&M TROT Bessie powered through a snow squall that reduced visibility to near zero and thwarted a pair of challengers as she captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was on the lead when Whata Donato launched a first-over bid and briefly poked her nose in front. The 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine fought back for Jim Pantaleano to reclaim the lead and had just enough to hold off the late bid of Princess Pablano and down her by a nose in 1:56.1 over a “good” surface. Anaffairtoremember finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $176,089, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2016 -- Out at the three-eighths, Bestinthebusiness rolled relentlessly first over to capture Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Bestinthebusiness set sail after the leader, Capital Account, who enjoyed a relatively comfortable 56.2 opening half over a "good" surface. But he was no match for Bestinthebusiness, who dug deep in the stretch to down Capital Account by 3/4 lengths in 1:52. Beach Boy Brody rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Bestinthebusiness, an 8-year-old Another Mile-Tendin To Business gelding who now boasts $311,416 in career earnings, for Brett Boyd Racing. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Goodell each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie saved ground until the final turn, then swooped the field wide from last to score a 15-1 harness racing upset in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone was content to keep Unefoisdansmavie along the cones while others attacked the leader, Mistress Valentine. But when Palone angled the 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World to the center of the track for clearance, she powered by all five of her rivals to triumph in 1:54.4. Bessie was a length back in second with Whata Donato a rallying third. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $551,712 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Palone collected four wins and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays beginning Jan. 9 with the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 4, 2016 -- Set Me Up captured Monday's opening-day harness racing feature at The Meadows when she outdueled Hidden Land in the stretch and took the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The 2-5 favorite, Set Me Up was on an easy lead with Hidden Land fifth and facing a seemingly futile first-over bid. Indeed, Hidden Land made that move and drew even past the three-quarters. But Set Me Up had just enough to defeat the game challenger for Dave Palone by a head in 1:54.3. Coffee Addict rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Set Me Up, a 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight who boosted her career bankroll to $349,380, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Palone each piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Burke enjoyed a triple. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays beginning Jan. 9 with the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Trenton, NJ --- Joe DiDonato spends his life at The Meadows harness racing racetrack outside of Pittsburgh, and makes one daily bet. The same bet, day in and day out. “I always say, ‘Bet on God to Win, Place and Show -- Everyday!’” he said. Perhaps we should explain. DiDonato is actually known as Pastor Joe to his followers, as he is the official chaplain for The Meadows community and ministers to hundreds of families throughout the society. To say that he jumped at the opportunity when it was offered would be, uh, stretching the truth somewhat. “My initial reaction was, ‘You want me to do what? Where?...I'm not interested!’” DiDonato said. “I thought the chaplain did things like counsel people who lost money gambling. I also thought it was a crazy place to have a ministry.” If that’s the case, then Pastor Joe -- who probably spun a few Paul Simon records in his day -- is still crazy after all these years. He arrived in August 1993 for what he thought would be a temporary gig and 22 years later is still there providing strength and comfort. “Whether an individual attends services or not, most consider me and call me their pastor,” DiDonato said. “I am called upon to deal with everything that a minister in a local church would be asked to handle and beyond.” Those duties include the often-emotional home, hospital and nursing home visits along with presiding over funerals. There are also the happy celebrations such as weddings, parishioner achievements, births and baptisms. Considering the size of his flock, weekends from May through September are usually booked for weddings. “I always have numerous funeral services too,” DiDonato said. “We always personalize both wedding ceremonies and memorial services. I give my Cliff Notes version of a couple’s love story at all weddings and we celebrate the life of anyone who has died and focus on how they lived and how that particular life touched each of ours.” There are numerous programs and outings for children along with get-togethers for the entire track population. They include baseball and football games; holiday parties; vacation Bible school; free breakfasts, lunches, dinners; and visits to the Science Center, Pittsburgh Zoo and movies. “The list goes on and on,” Pastor Joe said. “You name it, we have done it.” How did this happen? How did a journalism and communications major from Point Park College in Pittsburgh -- who spent most of his waking hours living in the WWPJ radio station playing 1970s rock ‘n roll -- become the non-denominational missionary for an entire Standardbred community? It took a while. After graduating college in the mid-1970s, DiDonato worked in various capacities -- including disc jockey -- at radio stations in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. It was during that time he felt a call to God. He became a youth minister in inner city Philadelphia before moving back to the Pittsburgh area and working at his hometown church, a mile from The Meadows. While he was teaching adult Bible studies at the Christian School, The Meadows race secretary began attending classes. When the track began looking for someone to take over the ministry fulltime, the race secretary recommended DiDonato. A city boy at heart, Pastor Joe had no background with horses or gambling. “Obviously, it did seem like an odd offer,” he said. But he took a look, saw that two ministers prior to him were sharing duties “and started a good thing. I did not want to see it end.” He decided to come to The Meadows for a few hours each day “until the right person that God has called comes to take over the ministry.” That wait has lasted more than 22 years as Pastor Joe left his home church a year later and made The Meadows a home for himself; his wife of 37 years, Marcy; son, Joe, who also works at The Meadows; son, David, also a minister, and his wife, Kristen; and son, Andrew, the new head football coach at Grove City College, and his wife Andrea. There are three grandchildren in the brood. “I have become just part of the overall family,” Pastor Joe said. “I have watched my kids grow up and graduate from high school and college, get married, standing before me reciting their vows, and then take their children to our kids programs and get-togethers. We have a separate children’s church on Sundays for the younger kids.” In his unique position, Pastor Joe understands the life of a career Standardbred person is slightly different than a 9-to-5 office worker. “Our folks work seven days a week and have an extremely busy schedule that leaves little time for much else, let alone church,” he said. “The scripture our ministry is based upon is Mark 16:15. Jesus tells us to ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, or every person.’ Wouldn’t that include those at our racetracks throughout our country and around the world?” Pastor Joe is also a member of the local ministerium in the area and part of a Friday morning prayer breakfast, which keeps him in touch with other pastors, priests and ministry leaders. “We work close with the local church and outreaches in our area that has led to receiving assistance for our people at the track in many different ways,” he said. “I have also ministered alongside local ministers and priests on many different occasions.” Unlike a church pastor, who deals with his particular members, Pastor Joe is touching lives outside the normal church walls. There are on-site chapel services, however, which began shortly after he took over. They started in an old tack room and the facility “expanded” by knocking out a wall and using two tack rooms. Five years later, a new chapel was erected. “Eventually, we were packed into that chapel like a bunch of sardines,” Pastor Joe said. A suggestion was made to build a new facility and track announcer Roger Huston ran an on-air auction for collectables that netted $9,500. The horsemen ran a golf outing that raised another $5,000, and it took off from there. The Meadows management maintenance crew offered to do the labor for free as long as Pastor Joe could raise money for the materials. “They also told me I could have a spot right smack in the middle of the backside across from the main parking lot,” Pastor Joe said. “Again, God was at work!” Construction was completed in the fall of 1998, with a facility that features a kitchen, office, children’s room, storage area, two bathrooms and, of course, sanctuary. “We’ve had to re-paint and fix a few things over the years,” Pastor Joe said. “But people are still amazed at the beautiful chapel we have right in the middle of the track.” Although he never wagers on races, DiDonato obviously has a rooting interest in the principle characters. “I root for all my Meadows folks,” he said. “I want to see everyone do well and be able to provide for their families.” He calls the experience “extremely rewarding” as the ministry has touched more lives in more ways than the pastor can even explain. “This past week alone is a great example of the lives that this ministry has touched and the lives that have touched and encouraged me too,” said Pastor Joe before settling in to watch his beloved Steelers beat the Broncos on Sunday. “I have already received countless Christmas cards and letters from individuals and families who have been gone from The Meadows for years, yet they still keep in touch. “Many remind me of the help and love they were shown and how they still can not thank me enough. Then they update me on things. Several choose to call, and not just during the holidays. I hear from many of our former Meadows folks quite often. Sometimes for encouragement, sometimes they need help in a certain area and didn’t know who else to call.” Pastor Joe takes no credit, however, saying, “I very humbly share these facts, knowing it is only by the grace of God that I am in this position and able to experience these things.” What DiDonato, and others like him, have accomplished has been deemed worth duplicating. The Race Track Chaplaincy of America and the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association, of which the Meadows is affiliated, is hoping to see a chaplain at every track in the nation. “We have a number of chaplains at tracks all over the U.S. and beyond, but most are at Thoroughbred tracks,” DiDonato said. “Unfortunately, there are very few Standardbred chaplains. I have many folks who leave The Meadows and go to a track where there is no chaplain. They call me saying it is not the same without a chaplain here. Then they’ll usually ask, ‘Could you arrange for someone to come here?’ I wish I could! “Hopefully more ministers will sense the call to handle racetrack ministry and there will be more of us out there. In the meantime, I'll just keep on keepin' on at The Meadows.” And for that a lot of people will feel very blessed. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2015 -- Seven Points Jesse moved powerfully first over to capture Wednesday's $15,200 Filly and Mare Conditioned Trot, the 2015 closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Seven Points Jesse was sitting fourth when John DeLong sent her after the leader, You're Majestic. The 4-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Seven Point wore down You're Majestic and had enough in the tank to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Boo's Party Girl and down her by a head in 1:55.4. Chez Mahmo rallied for third. Trent Stohler trains Seven Points Jesse, who triumphed for the 13th time in 62 lifetime starts, for Trent Stohler Stable and Benjamin Graber. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins -- three for trainer Brent Davis -- on the 16-race card while Brian Zendt fashioned a triple. After a break for the holidays, The Meadows kicks off its 2016 live season Monday, Jan. 4, first post 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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