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WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2014 -- The late Mike Jeannot, longtime president of Meadows Racing for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino who succumbed in January after battling liver cancer, was a friend of the American Cancer Society and The Meadows Chaplaincy Program. During Adios Week, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor Jeannot's memory with an event to support those organizations. On Thursday, July 24, Meadows employees and family will join MSOA members and their families for the Mike Jeannot Memorial Walk for Relay For Life. From 7 PM to 9 PM, participants will walk on The Meadows track, accompanied by the sounds from a DJ. A luminaria ceremony will follow at 9:30 PM. Registration begins on track at 5:30 PM, with the first 100 registered participants receiving a TEAM JEANNOT T-shirt. For more information, contact Tasha McCormick, 724.503.1509, tmccormick@meadowsgaming.com. For Saturday’s card featuring three eliminations of the $600,00 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500-guaranteed pool for its Pick 4. The $50,000 eliminations go as races 3-5, so the Pick 4 (races 4-7) includes two of those eliminations. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 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. Saturday’s card also features two stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers — an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake and a $208,846 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The latter will serve as an interesting preview of the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, which will be part of a blockbuster July 26 card anchored by the Adios final. First post for Saturday’s Adios eliminations card is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that seven students will share more than $11,000 in MSOA scholarships as they continue their educations this fall. Garrett Adams, son of John and Lisa Dunn-Adams, has been named the winner of the $5,000 MSOA Scholarship. He will attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall. The $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship has been awarded to Alyssa Cummings, daughter of Todd and Tammy Cummings. She attends Community College of Allegheny County. A $1,800 MSOA/Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship, via a donation of a breeding to the stallion, goes to Hallie Nesselroad, daughter of Joe and Janet Nesselroad. She attends the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Dr. Barry Betts Memorial Scholarhip has been split between Ryan Bush and Chelsea Fahy. Bush, the son of Steve and Kim Bush, will attend Washington & Jefferson College, while Fahy is a student at the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. A $1,000 MSOA/Tom Ridge Scholarship, also created through the donation of breedings to the stallion, will be shared by Shannon Teed and Courtney Wrenn. Teed is a student at West Liberty State University, while Wrenn attends Indiana University. The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year's recipients, and thank all of our partners, Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance, Dr. Larry Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals, Fran Azur and Ted Tomson," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Without their help, none of this would be possible, and we believe it is valuable to help these young people work toward their future. We are proud to be part of that." Jeff Zidek

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a well-received Back To The Track Night at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on July 11. In addition to great racing action featuring seven Pennsylvania Sire Stake races on a 15-race card, there were plenty of activities for everyone. For the kids, there was a bounce house, slide and obstacle course, a balloon and airbrush artist, a juggler on stilts and a petting zoo. Free racing programs were available courtesy of the MSOA, along with free hot dogs, ice cream and more giveaways with the MSOA's "Spin To Win" wheel. After each race, the winning driver tossed USTA Back To The Track t-shirts to fans along the apron level. The USTA's Harness Racing Bingo was a big hit among race fans, as were jog cart rides, paddock tours and starting gate rides. New Vocations Horse Adoption was on hand as well, showing fans what retired Standardbreds can do as pleasure horses. New horse owners were given a unique chance to get an inside view of the sport thanks to a special promotion that left one lucky fan the honorary owner of pacer Sam Hill for the next few weeks. Trained by John Sullivan for owner Don Tiger, Sam Hill has been one of the top horses at The Meadows for the past two seasons, winning multiple Preferred events and setting a track record. The new "owner" will get to visit the horse in the barn, get weekly updates from trainer Sullivan, and have special "owners only" access on Adios Day, July 26. The night was a total success for both the MSOA and the track, resulting in one of the highest on-track handles of the season. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association teamed with Variety Pittsburgh’s “My Bike” program, hosting a special night of racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday, July 11.    The evening included a special match race to benefit the group, and the MSOA ended the night with the announcement that the group is purchasing an adaptive bike for a local child.   Variety (http://www.varietypittsburgh.org) provides adaptive bikes to eligible children with disabilities so that they may have the freedom of a bike and the joy of riding alongside friends and family.   “This was a special night for everyone involved,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “It’s always great to give back to the community, and to work with Variety on their My Bike program was a great experience for all of us at the MSOA.”   Variety’s My Bike program launched in 2012, and their supporters include Pennsylvania State Senator Tim Solobay and PA State Representative Brandon Neuman. Both were on hand to take part in the match race, along with PNC Bank executive Andrea Carelli and former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Schneck, also Variety Pittsburgh supporters.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino also announced that it will match the MSOA’s contribution by donating another bike to the program.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 14, 2014 -- Adios Week at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, the annual festive celebration of harness racing highlighted by the 48th edition of the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, kicks off the evening of Saturday, July 19, with Adios eliminations. The final of this major test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers is set for Saturday afternoon, July 26 as the highlight of a card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Purses that day are expected to top $1 million, making it one of the richest cards in the history of The Meadows. "We've gone all out to make this the most memorable Adios Week ever," said Kevin Decker, director of racing for The Meadows. "We deeply appreciate the support of our fans, and we've put together an exciting week to support our signature event." Among those exciting elements are four Adios Day (July 26) pool guarantees offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. The guarantees, which total $42,500, cover a Pick 3, a Pick 5 and a pair of Pick 4s. Other Adios Week activities -- many offered in association with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association -- include: The finals of the ever-popular Miss Adios Contest, which actually launches Adios Week a day early on Friday, July 18; An Adios hat giveaway on track Saturday, July 19; A pair of handicapping contests at all Meadows locations on Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22. The hat giveaway and handicapping contests are limited to Racing Player Rewards members. Friday, July 25 party for all on the track apron. The card that evening features a pair of Grand Circuit stakes. The draw for Adios eliminations post positions is set for the morning of Tuesday, July 15. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2014 -- A total of 52 freshman filly trotters will make their Pennsylvania Sires Stakes debut Friday evening at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Add to that the 37 two-year-old filly trotters who competed in Wednesday's PA Stallions Series at The Meadows and you have one of the most robust, promising classes of youngsters ever seen in the Commonwealth -- or anywhere else in harness racing. Quality likely will be on display as well, as top trainers are sending well-bred babies after a total of $247,481 in purses. Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter and Jim Campbell will be represented by six fillies each while Julie Miller sends out four. Ake Svanstedt, conditioner of leading Horse of the Year candidate Sebastian K, has a pair in Friday's PASS. First post Friday is 6:55 PM, with the stake contested over seven divisions. Campbell was reluctant to over-praise his sextet -- five of them owned by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms -- but conceded that he and Siegel are excited about their prospects. "Some of them are coming off one baby race," Campbell noted, "but we're coming out there, so we decided to bring them all. They're just getting started. We put too much pressure on these horses right from the word go. They need a little time to find their way and develop. Once you get into August, they'll separate themselves." Among the most noteworthy from Fashion Farms is Fashion Voyager, a full sister to world champion Pilgrims Taj (Broadway Hall-BWT Maija), who opened her career in hopples with a handy PA All Stars win. She goes in Race 2 from post 7 with John Campbell piloting. "She did it very easily," Jim Campbell said. "She's done everything that we've asked of her so far." Also of interest from the Campbell group is Onda Di Mare, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Upfront OB's Janet who captured her PA All Stars split in 1:56.3 while taking air down the backside. Tim Tetrick will guide her from post 3 in Race 10. Takter, whose ownership groups have the resources to patronize any stallions they choose, will send out fillies from six different stallions -- Andover Hall, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Explosive Matter, Muscle Massive -- an indication of the strength of Pennsylvania's ranks and Takter's emphases in selecting yearlings. "I try to buy the horses we like," Takter said. "The sire is not the number one priority; the maternal line is number one. And you have to find out which are the best crosses." Among his six-pack, Takter cited Sarcy, who was beaten a neck in her PA All Stars split after being roughed up the first quarter. "I really like her, but she's in a very tough division," he said. "She's a nice, quick little thing. At Pocono, it was a sprint, and she couldn't get to the horse in front of her." Yannick Gingras drives Sarcy (Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire) from post 2 in Race 2 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. During Friday's card, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will present "Back to the Track," an industry-wide celebration of the joys of harness racing. Activities include: Family Fun Night, featuring a bounce house/inflatable side, airbrush and balloon artists and a petting zoo; A celebrity match race; A "Meet and Greet" session with horsemen; Harness racing bingo; Backside tours; A "Spin to Win" lottery; T-shirt giveaway; A handicapping contest. July 15 is draw date for Adios Pace The Meadows Racetrack & Casino wishes to remind owners and trainers that entries for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light are due by Tuesday, July 15, 9 AM. Eliminations for the Adios are set for Saturday, July 19, when the card kicks off at 6:55 PM. The final will go on Saturday, July 26, headlining a power-packed Grand Circuit program expected to offer an estimated $1 million in purses. First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM. For more information, please contact the race secretary’s office, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 29, 2014 — Juvenile champion Father Patrick brings a 10-race winning streak to the Meadows for Friday’s $211,700 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, but Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter said the streak is the farthest thing from his mind. “I don’t think like that,” Takter said. “They’re horses. They win, they get beat. I don’t worry about things like that.” Instead, Takter hopes the son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream builds on his facile victory in 1:53.3 in the Historic-Dickerson Cup at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, which kicked off his 3-year-old campaign and pushed his career bankroll to $762,688. Father Patrick may not be tested sternly Friday; of the six other contenders in his split, one is a maiden, and two remain eligible for NW2. Amped Up Hanover, perhaps the most accomplished of the rest, stalked Father Patrick from the pocket in the Dickerson Cup and still was beaten 4-1/2 lengths. Nevertheless, Takter has Father Patrick where he wants him on the road to the Hambletonian. “I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing with him,” Takter said. “We haven’t started pushing him, and I’m really happy with how he’s performing. I expect him to win and step forward.” He said Father Patrick likely will follow Friday’s PASS with several starts at Pocono Downs before heading to the Meadowlands. “I love this horse,” Takter said. “He’s a serious, serious animal. I think he’s the horse I’ve been waiting for that’s really, really, special.” Father Patrick goes from post 4 in the first of three PASS divisions, Race 1, with Yannick Gingras piloting. Takter also has the presumptive favorite in the second division (Race 4) with another of his hard-hitting sophomores, Nuncio. Although the son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle has raced in Father Patrick’s shadow, he’s hardly been a slouch, with six victories in 11 starts — he’s never been worse than second — and nearly $500,000 in career earnings. Nuncio faces a potential surprise package in Wheelsandthelegman (Donato Hanover-Carmita), who was unraced at 2 but has captured all four of his 2013 starts, including a PASS victory for trainer Walt Carroll. Nuncio leaves from post 3 for John Campbell while Jim Raymer will guide Wheelsandthelegman from post 2. The third split (Race 9), a wide-open event, features Datsyuk, an Explosive Matter-Pink Ribbons gelding who has won his only two lifetime outings, including a PASS split at Pocono Downs. Charlie Norris trains and drives Datsyuk, who drew post 2. The card kicks off a series of Friday Family Fun Nights, coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, that will offer a host of family-oriented activities, including a number of contests, jog cart and starting gate rides and “meet and greet” sessions with horsemen. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

April is Autism Awareness month, and on Friday night, April 25, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will host a special evening of racing to help benefit a local organization.   The event was coordinated by MSOA Director Brad Buxton, MSOA Public Relations Director Heather Wilder, and horse owner John Olshefski.   Olshefski is the driving force behind the Liv With Autism Foundation, and the Liv With Autism Stable, named for his daughter, Olivia, who is autistic.   "I got into the horse racing business about five years ago," says Olshefski. "My family and I decided we were going to start the Liv With Autism Foundation, and also start the Liv With Autism Stable. There have been many studies done that show there is therapeutic help for children with autism from horses. We were excited to combine the two ideas and get into the business." Olshefski, who has horses racing at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, The Meadowlands and The Meadows, donates a percentage of all of his horses' earnings to the foundation.   On Friday night, the MSOA will donate its commission from the eighth race on the card to autism awareness. Olshefski wanted the donation to stay local in the Western Pennsylvania area, so the race will benefit Autism Atlas, an organization based in Pittsburgh.   The evening could provide an even bigger benefit to autism awareness, as one of the Liv With Autism Stable's horses, Chekov, will be competing in the 15th race of the night.   Post time for the first race of the Friday card is 6:55PM. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds horsemen that auctions for breedings to the Pennsylvania stallions Crazed and Tom Ridge, end tomorrow.   The breedings were donated by Hanover Shoe Farms and Ted Tomson, respectively. Money raised by the auctions goes directly to the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The auctions are being conducted by the website www.ongait.com, and additional information is available there. The auctions end at 12Noon eastern on Tuesday, April 15.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2014-2015 Collegiate Scholarship Program.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship (sponsored by Fran Azur) and the Tom Ridge Scholarship (sponsored by Ted Tomson).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be received on or before Friday, May 2, 2014. To apply, please visit the MSOA's website, www.themsoa.com.   by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

Horsemen at The Meadows took some time between races yesterday to create what could be a first...a harness racing "selfie" video.   from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund.   This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500.   Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career.   The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000.   Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia.   "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women."   The breedings will be listed on the website  www.ongait.com The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014.   One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal.   For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email, msoa@themsoa.com.

Six teams and nearly than 50 college students were on hand at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday night as the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted its first-ever College Games for Charity. In the end, Phi Sigma Cappa from Robert Morris University took top honors and earned $500 for Special Olympics. The teams competed in several events, including Handicapping the Pick-4, bowling, an egg and spoon race and more. Each team had a chance to go to the winners circle for an interview on the Meadows Live! television broadcast and get a photo taken with a winning horse. Several members of each team were also given a paddock tour. A team from Washington & Jefferson College finished in second place, earning $250 for the Washington City Mission. A "home" team featuring a group of The Meadows' own young horsemen and women finished third, earning $100 for New Vocations Horse Adoption. Also participating were the California University of Pennsylvania Equestrian Club, Wheeling Jesuit University, and Robert Morris University's Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.   All that participated seemed to have a great time, and many vowed to return to the track. The MSOA expects to host another College Games in the future. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

The freshman pacer White Bliss may have garnered all of the attention last fall due to his pure white appearance, but at The Meadows, an unusual trotter has picked up quite a following thanks to her "fancy" look.   Fancy Sierra Star is a rarity in her own right. She is a pinto Standardbred, getting her coloring from her second dam. A daughter of Sierra Kosmos out of a Lark's Crown mare, the second dam is listed as "breeding not proven" in the official United States Trotting Association log. Now a member of the Bill and Moira Fahy Stable, Fancy Sierra Star stepped in front of the camera at The Meadows this week in a video produced by Jeff Zidek.   To view the video, follow this link: http://youtu.be/j9MnO1TvtHM   For further information, contact Jeff Zidek, 724-228-3644.   From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce its first ever College Games for Charity. The event will take place this Friday night, March 28 at The Meadows.   Students representing several area colleges will compete in five events, including a handicapping challenge, an egg and spoon race, basketball shooting contest, a corn hole game and a bowling challenge. The team with the most points will earn $500 for the charity of its choice, while second and third place will receive $250 and $100, respectively, for their charities.   The MSOA is co-sponsoring the event with The Meadows Chaplaincy Program.   In addition to the teams competing in the College Games, anyone with a state issued and college ID, showing proof of being 18 years of age or older, will receive a $2 wagering voucher and a coupon for a free hot dog, courtesy of the MSOA and The Meadows Racing.   On the track, the night will also feature the finals of four Late Closer Series, each going for more than $25,000. Owners of horses in the championship races, along with representatives from various local charities, will be hosted by the MSOA in the Triple Crown Banquet Room on the track's lower level.   As always, the Friday night races will also feature the MSOA's popular "Spin To Win" prize wheel and additional giveaways. Meadows Racing Rewards members will have a chance to compete in a Handicapping Challenge, with a top prize of 40,000 bonus points.   Post time for Friday night's race card is 6:55PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

Harness Horsemen International continued their Annual Meetings on March 4 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Horsemen’s representatives from ten associations, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA were in attendance.   T.C. Lane of the USTA offered the audience a first look at the new online entry system for horsemen, to be launched in the near future. Any USTA member will be able to access this user-friendly system, Lane stressed, which allows trainers to enter their horses at various racetracks via the Internet, free of charge.     Association reports continued, followed by HHI committee meetings. The Insurance Committee discussed current HHI coverage, including liability, fire, and disaster, and pending cases which could affect the horse industry, as well as possible changes in policies.   Instant racing in Kentucky and sports wagering in New Jersey were topics cited by the Legal Committee. The HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee passed a motion to use a universal scholarship application for all horsemen’s association scholarships, in order to simplify the process for applicants. A proposal by the HHI Convention Committee, to return to this same meeting place in 2015, will be voted on in the Wednesday General Session.   The March 5 meetings will begin with elections and a panel discussion entitled “I Can’t Believe This is Happening,” which will examine critical issues facing Standardbred horsemen, followed by the HHI Awards Luncheon.   The HHI Annual Meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday, March 6.   HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   by Kim Rinker, for HHI

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