MSOA Night of Champions set for Friday, January 30

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special night of racing this Friday, January 30.

The second annual Night of Champions will have a first race post of 6:55.

Activity will begin nearly an hour earlier, at 6PM, when Dave Palone and Ron Burke will be in the track’s Racebook area for a 30-minute “meet and greet.” Fans will get a chance to meet the record-setting duo, as Palone recently became the world’s winningest driver, surpassing Germany’s Heinz Wewering, and Burke is coming off a record season which saw his horses earn more than any other trainer – harness or thoroughbred – in North American racing history.

Fans will receive a limited edition poster of a painting by renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly commemorating Palone’s record-setting drive at The Meadows, courtesy of the track, as well as travel coffee mugs honoring the accomplishments of Palone and Burke, courtesy of the MSOA.

The night will also honor the horses that earned top honors in the MSOA’s annual Horse of the Year balloting for 2014. Twelve horses and their respective owner/trainer connections will be honored, with a race named in their honor during the 12-race card. Video features will also be shown on the Meadows Live! television broadcast and on the track’s in-house big screen.

The 6:55PM Night of Champions post represents The Meadows’ first night card of the 2015 season. Night racing will take place on the final Friday of each month through May. For a full 2015 racing schedule, click HERE.

Pennsylvania Harness Racing Awards, February Eligibility Deadlines Approaching

From the PA Harness Racing Commission:
Standardbred horse owners must register their stallions and broodmares by the February deadlines for Pennsylvania programs that reward breeders who turn out top racers.

Stallions must be registered for the Sire Stakes Fund by Feb. 1. Broodmares but be registered “PA-resident” by Feb. 15 to ensure their foals are eligible for Breeders Fund awards.

Stallions must remain in Pennsylvania at a declared facility from Feb. 15-July 4 for their offspring to be considered eligible. Stallions used as racehorses must be approved by the commission and returned to their Pennsylvania facility after each out-of-state race.

Broodmares must live in Pennsylvania for at least 180 contiguous days, including foaling, and be in foal to a registered Pennsylvania stallion, for their offspring to be eligible for the award.

Registration forms are available by contracting Pennie Dodson at 717-787-5196 or pdodson@pa.gov.  For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “harness racing.”

Qualifying standards: Effective January 10, 2015

From The Meadows Race Office:
Effective January 10th the new Qualifying standards will be, until further notice:

2:01 Aged Pacers
2:03 Aged Trotters

Spring 2015 Early & Late Closing Series Announced

The Meadows Race Office has announced the schedule for the Spring 2015 Early and Late Closing Series.  Eight events will be slated, with nominations closing on February 15.  The nominating fee is $300.

For additional information, CLICK HERE or contact the Race Office.

Meadows releases 2015 Racing Schedule

The 2015 Live Racing Schedule is now available for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

CLICK HERE to download.

Time to renew MSOA membership for 2015

It is time for all members to renew their memberships to the MSOA for 2015.  Please choose from the appropriate form below:

2015 MSOA Owner Membership Application
2015 MSOA Trainer/Driver Membership Application
2015 MSOA Associate Membership Application

MSOA Announces 2014 Horse Award Winners

Three-year-old colt pacer Cammikey, owned by Cam Land, LLC, has been named Horse of the Year by the members of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.

Cammikey, who is trained by Bill Zendt and was also named the organization’s Pacer of the Year, beat out Daylon Miracle for the top honor.  Daylon Miracle, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the MSOA’s Trotter of the Year. 

Chaching Hanover earned top honors as the 2YO Colt Pacer of the Year for owners Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert and trainer Jan Fread.  Top 2YO pacing filly honors were earned by Half Past Seven, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and trained by Mike Palone.

Among freshman trotters, the top vote-getters were Wimborne Hanover and Matter Hatter.  Wimborne Hanover,  named the top colt, is owned by Susan Daugherty and trained by her husband, Bill.  Filly Matter Hatter is owned by Pius Soehnlen and trained by Jeff Cox.

Top sophomore colt pacing honors went to Cammikey, while Eiffel Tower was named the leading pacing filly.  Eiffel Tower, owned by Glenda Collins and Janine Zito, is conditioned by Dean Collins.

Bob Key’s Jett Star, trained by Steve Owens, was named the top local trotting colt of 2014, while Broadway Socks earned honors on the filly side.  Broadway Socks is owned by her trainer, David Wade, in partnership with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel. 

Visible Gold was named the top aged male pacer for the 2014 season.  Ron Burke trains for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and the RTC Stables.  

Do Me Honor, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the top aged pacing mare, while stablemate Tamarind was named the top aged male trotter. They joined Daylon Miracle, the top older mare trotter, as the Bercury Stable brought in the most awards on the evening. 

The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year’s honorees.

Cambria Suites Meadow Lands discount available to MSOA members

cambria2A reminder, MSOA members are eligible to receive a discount at the Cambria Suites, Meadow Lands.

Be sure to mention the MSOA when booking by phone at 724-223-5555.

The Cambria Suites is located at 451 Racetrack Road.