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WASHINGTON, PA -  April 13, 2021 -- The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 MSOA Collegiate Scholarships. Thanks to the help of many harness racing partners, this year will feature one of the most lucrative scholarship pools in the lengthy history of the program, with nearly $20,000 available to the winners. New contributors include Burke Racing, The Meadows and Diamond Creek Farm. "At a time when many families have been dealing with the loss of racing opportunities due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are very happy to be able to offer this type of financial assistance to our college students," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. This year's scholarships include: $5,000 MSOA Board of Directors Collegiate Scholarship; $5,000 Burke Racing Scholarship; $4,300 Andover Hall Scholarship (donated by Hanover Shoe Farms); $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship; $1,100 Bolt The Duer Scholarship (donated by Winbak Farms); $1,000 The Meadows Racetrack Scholarship; $1,000 Diamond Creek Farm Scholarship. 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 two 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 available scholarships. Applications, which must be postmarked by May 14 and returned to the MSOA office, can be found at this link: MSOA Scholarship Application 2021. An independent committee at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will review the applications and determine the winners of each individual award. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - April 9, 2021 -- Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. had to use him twice, but Lunar was up to the challenge as he stretched his career unbeaten streak to four in Friday's Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Manholmes took the other $12,500 second-leg division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series championship is set for Friday, April 23. Lunar got away fourth from post seven but didn't sit there long, moving first over after the leader, Louie. The Sweet Lou-Crescent City gelding wore down the well-meant Louie and defeated him by 1-1/2 lengths in a career-fastest 1:52.1. Twin B Edge finished third. Ron Burke trains Lunar for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&TSilva-Purnel&Libby. LUNAR REPLAY   Manholmes powered up from third past the three-quarters and drew off late to triumph for Dan Rawlings, trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Ultimate Racing Group and Jim Winske. Aime Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Phoenix of Fluzzy completed the ticket. The Betting Line- JK Isn'tshelovely gelding scored in 1:53.1, a lifetime mark. MANHOLMES REPLAY   The Meadows will be dark the week of April 12 to maintain the track and prepare the facility for the Saturday, May 1 kickoff of the 2021 stakes season. That day's festivities include the Kentucky Derby simulcast and the first Pennsylvania Sires Stake action of the year. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, April 21. For full race results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2021 -- Franklin County broke his maiden in spectacular fashion Thursday at The Meadows, springing a 17-1 upset in the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot in a sharp 1:56.3. Treasure Gems K captured the other $12,500 second-leg division in the series for 3-year-old harness racing filly trotters. Franklin County hit the ticket only once in his five previous outings, but he left alertly for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder, settling into the pocket behind opening-leg winner Night Flyer K. The daughter of Southwind Frank - Hiya Lady rolled past Night Flyer K in the lane and held off Wholelotatrot to prevail by a neck for owner McMullen Stable. Night Flyer K saved show. FRANKLIN COUNTY REPLAY   Treasure Gems K controlled the mile for Dave Palone, never enduring a threatened moment en route to a career-fastest 1:55.2 victory. Although her margin over Kommin On Strong was only 1/2 length, Treasure Gems K was wrapped up late. Cash N Chips, who was forced wide by a breaker while rallying, was a hard-luck third. Norm Parker trains the daughter of Encore Encore-Treasure Bank for Norm Parker Stable and Tom Klosky, Jr. TREASURE GEMS K REPLAY   Dan Rawlings, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Palone each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  April 7, 2021 -- Filly Speaks was all out to do it, but she captured her second consecutive series win -- and fourth overall -- in Wednesday's Ruby Cook Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Peep N Weep took a similar narrow victory in the other $12,500 second-leg division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Filly Speaks quarter-poled to the front for Tony Hall and opened a two-length lead past the three-quarters before Ocean's Apart began to gain ground. Filly Speaks held off that rival by a nose to score in 1:53.3, matching her career best. Defy The Odds finished third. Scott Betts trains the daughter of Artspeak-Filly's Victory for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano and Keith Pippi. FILLY SPEAKS REPLAY   Peep N Weep hadn't raced since Oct. 28, but the daughter of Captaintreacherous - Number Please came back plenty sharp, repelling the Lightning Lane charge of Captains Maid by a head in a career-best 1:54.3, with Realization third. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Critelli, William Switala and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. PEEP N WEEP REPLAY   Wednesday's card also featured the $12,500 second leg of the Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. There, Whiskey Blu, who saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at seven last week, rebounded with a facile front-end triumph in 1:54.1, knocking two seconds from his lifetime mark. Donato Patriot K and Stewart completed the ticket. Dan Charlino piloted the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The championship legs of the Ruby Cook and the Terry Altmeyer are set for Wednesday, April 21. Burke collected five wins and Palone four on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 14-race program features a $6,490.50 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  April 2, 2021 -- Lunar overcame a demanding first quarter to stretch his career unbeaten streak to three in Friday's Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Cheese Omelet took the other $12,500 opening-leg division of the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event honors the memory of Tom Kirwan, whose long, productive career at The Meadows included stints as trainer/driver and stall superintendent. Lunar was hammered down to 1-5 but appeared in trouble early, as it took him the entire quarter to cross over. Once on top, though, he was much the best for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., triumphing in 1:54, 2-3/4 lengths better than Themysteryisover. Manholmes completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Lunar, a Sweet Lou - Crescent City gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. LUNAR REPLAY   Cheese Omelet's victory was more straight-line motion, as the son of American Ideal - Tongue In Cheek gelding exploded to the point from post 2 and held off the late charge of the first-over Pretty Ricki to edge that rival by a nose in 1:54.1. Routhland finished third. Dave Palone piloted for owner/trainer Mike Palone. CHEESE OMELET REPLAY   Wrenn and Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card while Dan Rawlings also enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a pair of carryovers: $4,775.41 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $730.78 in the Pick 5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - April 1, 2021 -- Cash N Chips alertly followed cover, then roared wide through the stretch to score in Thursday's Margaret Provost Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Night Flyer K took the other $12,500 opening leg division in the harness racing series for 3-year-old filly trotters. The event honors the memory of longtime owner/breeder Margaret Provost. Cash N Chips was fifth when driver Hunter Myers moved her off the cones to follow the first-up Kommin On Strong. The daughter of Cash Hall-Sugar N Chips was by far the strongest in the lane, notching the win -- her second straight -- in 1:58.2 over a "good" surface. Early leader Treasure Gems K was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Wonmyheart Hanover finished fourth-placed-third. Steve Bush trains the winner and owns with Alvira Fassett. CASH N CHIPS REPLAY   Night Flyer K was sitting a loose pocket down the backside when the leader, Iglare AM, made an unforced break. Night Flyer K made the most of the opportunity, forging well ahead and defeating Hip Hop Gracie by 5 lengths in 1:59 for Dave Palone. Iglare AM recovered to earn show. Norm Parker conditions the daughter of Winning Mister-Soaring Flight for Norm Parker Stable, George Romanoff and Terry Brewer. NIGHT FLYER N REPLAY   In the $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo worked out a leisurely 57 opening half, then rolled home in 1:52.4 for his fourth consecutive victory. Palone piloted the 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who pushed his career bankroll to $717,607, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Whos Better and Smooth Lou completed the ticket. Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $3,013.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - April 1, 2021 -- Harness racing organizations frequently remind Pennsylvania state legislators how vital the sport is to the economy of the Commonwealth. On March 30, a large delegation of Pennsylvania lawmakers got a chance to experience that impact first hand. A group of 25 PA state legislators and their staff participated in "Legislative Day" at Washington County's Amulet Equine Rehab and Conditioning Center, a session planned and co-hosted by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). The lawmakers got a chance to watch Amulet's expert staff provide veterinary and rehabilitation services to horses in their care, and they also had an opportunity to enjoy jog carts rides (with experienced drivers at the reins). Racing industries support approximately 20,000 direct and spinoff jobs in Pennsylvania, spanning such occupations as the medical care specialists whom the legislators observed as well as horsemen and horsewomen, breeders, blacksmiths, farmers, food and nutrition providers -- even production crews that prepare racing shows for cable TV and the Internet. The informative session came at a key time, as the legislature soon may consider PA Gov. Tom Wolf's 2021 budget proposal, which calls for the reallocation of $200 million from the PA Race Horse Development Fund. If enacted, that budget grab could be the death knell for racing -- and those 20,000 jobs -- in Pennsylvania. "It was a wonderful turnout for a wonderful day, and we're so appreciative that so many legislators could join us," said Rich Gillock, MSOA president. "We can talk about racing's impact all we want, but once our legislators see that impact 'up close and personal,' they have a much better feel for the economic havoc and hardships the loss of racing would cause." Participating lawmakers included: Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny); Rep. Donald "Bud" Cook (R-Washington/Fayette); Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset); Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny); Rep. Joshua Kail (R-Beaver/Washington); Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland); Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver-Butler); Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny); Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland); Rep. Timothy O'Neal (R-Washington); Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington); Rep. Michael Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington); Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset); Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria); Rep. Jason Silvis (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana); Rep. Jim Struzzi II (R-Indiana); Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/ Franklin/Fulton); Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland). by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA - March 31, 2021 -- Jujubee controlled the tempo with a leisurely 1:00.3 half in the slop, then outsprinted Whiskey Blu to the wire to snap that rival's career harness racing unbeaten streak at seven in Wednesday's $12,500 opening leg of the Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot. The series for sophomore colt and gelding trotters honors the memory of Terry Altmeyer, a fixture at both The Meadows and the Pennsylvania Fairs. Although Whiskey Blu entered the series with impeccable credentials, Jujubee was no slouch in that area, boasting four victories in seven outings and nary an off-the-board finish. Indeed, players installed him as the 2-5 choice over Whiskey Blu's 3-2. The pocket-sitting Whiskey Blu unleashed a furious stretch drive but fell a nose short of Jujubee, who prevailed for Tony Hall in 1:57.3. Shane Patrick was a distant third. JUJUBEE REPLAY   Greg Wright, Jr. trains the winner, a son of Creatine-La Cantera, for Jon Erdner. Wednesday's card also featured the $12,500 opening leg of the Ruby Cook Memorial Pace for 3-year-old fillies, a series named for the late Ruby Cook, longtime switchboard operator at The Meadows. Filly Speaks was hammered down to 1-5 and justified the heavy play, zipping to the lead and collecting an unpressured win -- her third straight -- in 1:55.1. Captains Maid shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Realization third. FILLY SPEAKS REPLAY   Hall piloted the daughter of Artspeak-Fillys Victory for trainer Scott Betts and owners Tim Betts, Nick Catalano and Keith Pippi. It was a big Wednesday for Hall, who totaled five wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $1,194.39 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - March 30, 2021 -- Held out of harness racing at age 2 so he could mature, Whiskey Blu has launched his sophomore campaign with a flourish, winning all seven of his starts by a combined 24-3/4 lengths and banking more than $36,000. Just how good is this Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding? Even his connections aren't sure. "Honestly, I don't know," says Mark Weaver, whose Weaver Bruscemi LLC owns Whiskey Blu along with Burke Racing Stable and Kitefield Stable. "We're anxiously awaiting like everyone else." Some answers may become clearer Wednesday at The Meadows when Whiskey Blu tries to stretch his career unbeaten streak to eight in the $12,500 opening leg of the Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. This may be his sternest test yet as he'll lock horns with Jujubee, a son of Creatine-La Cantera who has four victories in seven lifetime outings, boasts a mark of 1:56.3 and never has finished off the board. They'll meet in race 2 where Whiskey Blu leaves from the rail for trainer Ron Burke and regular pilot Dan Charlino and Jujubee goes from post 4 with Tony Hall for conditioner Greg Wright, Jr. and owner Jon Erdner. First post is 12:45 PM His current owners purchased Whiskey Blu privately last year for $35,000, attracted in part by his pedigree. The Burke team campaigned the youngster's dad and, even though Southwind Frank since has been syndicated, Burke's groups still own the biggest chunk of him. So far, so good. There was only one problem. "We brought him north, and he wouldn't trot," Weaver recalls. "Ronnie did a great job taking his time with him. Usually, we don't bring 3-year-olds back until April, but this guy got it sorted out. He seems to be doing it easy." Indeed, he's comfortable wherever Charlino puts him, turns on the trot whenever he's asked and reaches for more when a challenger dares confront him. But he's yet to face top competition and may not get many opportunities, at least this year. He's eligible for Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, which typically attract some of the sport's best, but few of the marquee Grand Circuit events. He's paid into the Bluegrass, the Liberty Bell and the Keystone Classics. So if Whiskey Blu is to make his mark in his division, he'll need to sparkle in his handful of chances -- and deal with the pressure of being undefeated. "There is a little bit of that," Weaver says. "How often do you have a horse that's never lost? It kind of plays mind games with you. "I hope he continues to race well -- particularly for purses with maybe an extra zero or two on the end of them. There's no reason to think he won't be a really top trotter, but it takes a little imagination. He needs to drop about five seconds to get to that level." Wednesday's co-feature is the $12,500 opening leg of the Ruby Cook Memorial Pace for 3-year-old fillies. It goes as race 6 with Filly Speaks (post 5, Hall) the 8-5 morning line favorite off two straight victories. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA -  March 26, 2021 -- A strong uncovered move carried Say You Do to the lead, and his determination late secured the harness racing victory in Friday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. Say You Do attacked first over from third for driver Hunter Myers and eyeballed the leader, Tequila Talkin, who then made a break. But Say You Do wasn't home free as he faced challenges from Tricky Nick outside and Rising MVP in the Lightning Lane. The 6-year-old Kadabra-Sno Doubt About It gelding dug deep and held off Tricky Nick by x in 1:54.3, with Rising MVP a close-up third. Ethan Sisco conditions Say You Do, who lifted his lifetime earnings to $222,983, for Oldford Racing LLC. SAY YOU DO REPLAY   Brady Brown, Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and Myers each collected a double on the 13-race card. One winning ticket took down the Super Hi-5, returning $12,816.34. Live racing at The Meadows resumes, Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  March 25, 2021 -- Native's Sweetlou survived a brutal first quarter and toughed out a narrow harness racing victory in Thursday's feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Tony Hall sent Native's Sweetlou for the lead from post 8, but it wasn't until the three-eighths that the 5-year-old Allamerian Native-Windsong Filou gelding could cross over after a 26.2 first-panel clocking. The pocket-sitting Winning Is Sweet attacked in the Lightning Lane, but Native's Sweetlou dug in to edge him by a nose in 1:51.1 for his second straight win. Touch Of The West rallied from last for show. John Sullivan trains the winner, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $186,035, for Greg Usner and Joe Seman. NATIVE'S SWEETLOU REPLAY   Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Ron Burke teamed for four wins on the 13-race card while Hall enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $9,834.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - March 24, 2021 -- Crossfit Mouse pocketed Mind Yown Business at the quarter, then dug in to hold him off late and capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. Even when Crossfit Mouse threw down a 27.4 third quarter, he couldn't shake Mind Yown Business, who moved outside for the stretch drive. But Crossfit Mouse and Tony Hall were up to the challenge, edging Mind Yown Business by a head in 1:54.4, fastest win of his career. DP Rocket finished third. Dane Snyder trains the winner, a 4-year-old Muscle Mass-Zumba Mouse gelding who extended his career bankroll to $127,492, for Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Danielle Snyder and Kristine Kash. CROSSFIT MOUSE REPLAY   Dave Palone and Hall each collected four victories on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features an $8204.40 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2021 -- The on-line auction of a Heston Blue Chip breeding, which will benefit the College Scholarship Fund of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), has been extended to noon Friday, March 26. And, as a special incentive for bidders, the minimum bid has been reduced to $2,000. Winbak Farm donated the breeding to their proven stallion, a son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip who took a mark of 1:48.3f and banked more than $1.62 million. In 2012, he won the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 3-year-old male pacer. Heston Blue Chip stands for a fee of $6,000. To join the auction, visit https://ongait.com/Listings/View/10259. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - March 19, 2021 -- His late kick fell short in the series' preliminary legs, but Pretty Ricki found a new gear Friday at The Meadows to overpower the harness racing leaders and capture the $18,750 championship of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old males. Pretty Ricky was second over at the three-quarters, trailing the leader, Heart On My Sleeve, by 4 lengths. But when Drew Monti sent him three wide through the final turn, the 3-year-old Always B Miki-Benearthebeach gelding gobbled up ground, easily clearing Heart On My Sleeve and downing him by 3-1/4 widening lengths in a career-best 1:54, final panel 27.4. Remember The Beach completed the ticket. "He wins easy last week if he doesn't make a break -- I'm almost sure he jumped a shadow," Monti said. "I went in today with the same mindset, to keep him on a helmet. I thought he had it in him to win if he did everything right, so I'm not surprised he put in that kind of effort." PRETTY RICKI REPLAY   Steve Walters trains Pretty Ricki for Lone Wolf Stable and Nick Catalano. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, giving him a total of 13 for the three-day race week. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $6,242,37 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                

WASHINGTON, PA -  March 18, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu easily captured the $19,750 championship of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot Thursday at The Meadows to stretch his harness racing career unbeaten streak to seven and complete a sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old stallion, colt and gelding trotters. Whiskey Blu settled in third from post 7 but not for long, as Dan Charlino hustled him to the point past the quarter. The 3-year-old Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding never was challenged thereafter, jogging off to score in 1:56.4 over a sloppy surface. Massive Stroke rallied for second, 3 lengths back, with The Great PG third. Trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC didn't race Whiskey Blu at 2, giving him time to mature. Now, with nothing but victories on his card in strictly local events, do his connections think he'll be competitive against tougher? WHISKEY BLU REPLAY   "We honestly don't know yet," said Charlino, his pilot in all seven starts. ""We all thought he had a lot of talent and potential last year, and he just came unraveled a little bit. He races best when there's a horse beside him, and that hasn't happened yet. But he could be a good one." Whiskey Blu wasn't the only trotter on Thursday's card to extend an impressive winning streak. In the $21,500 final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, Rebecca overcame a demanding trip from post 8 to notch her fourth consecutive victory. Trainer/driver Dave Wade sent the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-SJ's Minolta for the lead, but it took her nearly three-eighths to reach it and cross over. Instead of tiring late, Rebecca surged through the lane and defeated long shot Caramel Macchiato by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Early leader Wonmyheart Hanover earned show. RECECCA REPLAY   Rebecca's game performance reminded Wade of her broodmare sire SJ's Photo, whom Wade campaigned on both sides of the Atlantic. "I was concerned when we got to the half because she didn't have her 'A' game today," said Wade, who owns the homebred with Gerald Brittingham. "I didn't know if she'd be able to hold on. She showed me a quality I had in SJ. No matter what, the sonofagun tried hard. I hadn't had to ask her for determination before today. But I asked her, and she showed it to me." He indicated Rebecca has no stake engagements this year. "I think eventually she'll be an Open trotter," he said, "but I don't want to rush her. We'll let her tell me." Elsewhere on Thursday's card, The First Step won the $16,200 Open Handicap Pace despite taking the overland route, triumphing in 1:51 for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 5-year-old Betterthancheddar-Mery Linny Lee gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $175,319. Rock Candy and Whos Better rounded out the ticket. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $4,798.83 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and the championship of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2021 -- Winbak Farm has donated a harness racing breeding to the proven stallion Heston Blue Chip to benefit the College Scholarship Fund of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). An on-line auction for the breeding currently is underway at https://ongait.com/Listings/View/10195 (minimum bid $4,000) and ends Tuesday, March 23, at noon. A son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip, Heston Blue Chip earned more than $1.62 million with a mark of 1:48.3f. In 2012, he won the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 3-year-old male pacer. He stands for a $6,000 fee. This is the second major donation to the fund in recent weeks. Hanover Shoe Farms earlier donated a breeding to Betting Line that raised $6,200 through a similar on-line auction. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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