Rebellion visit to The Meadows

HQ1B1853The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a group of professional athletes for a special event on Wednesday (July 1), as players from the Pennsylvania Rebellion spent a day at the track.

The Rebellion is a Washington, PA-based women’s softball team that competes in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) league.

Players enjoyed a morning on the backstretch, getting private barn tours and jog cart rides, courtesy of the MSOA.

After a luncheon in the casino, three team members, Kristyn Sandberg, Maddie O’Brien and Dallas Escobedo, joined Meadows Live host Roger Huston for a segment on the track’s television broadcast.

Following the day’s third race, four members of the Rebellion participated in a special match race, paired with Meadows drivers Nikki Harvey, Leslie Zendt, Janet Irvine and Sharon Donella in two-seat jog carts.  The entire team then visited the winners circle for a group photo.

The Rebellion then broke into four groups for a handicapping and wagering contest, with prizes awarded to the winners.

The Rebellion players will now prepare for a five-game road trip before returning home to CONSOL Energy Park for an eight-game homestand beginning Friday, July 10. The team’s season runs through mid-August.

MSOA honors veterans as part of special event

RuffnerYoderMemorialThe Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a very special event on Tuesday, June 24, the third annual Ruffner/Yoder Gun 23 Memorial Pace.

The event was named in honor of two fallen heroes, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarret Yoder. Both served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and lost their lives in a helicopter crash in April, 2013.

Horseman Grant Boudreaux served in the same unit and helped to create the memorial race in May of 2013, when he and his unit were still serving overseas.

The top pacing race of the day was named in honor of Ruffner, Yoder and the 1st of the 104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard. In all, 20 members of the unit and their families were in attendance, along with several other veterans from the area.   They enjoyed sulky rides around the track between races, and four members of the unit, including the battalion commander, took part in a match race, joined by four of The Meadows’ top drivers in two-seat jog carts.

The Ruffner/Yoder Pace itself was won by Atta Boy Dan in a track record time of 1:49.2.  Following the race, many trainers and drivers came to the winners circle to be part of the photo and greet the veterans.

“It was an outstanding day,” said Boudreaux. “Most of these guys had never been around a horse, so to get to do the jog cart rides and participate in a match race, that was just wonderful. It was just a great day and we are all thankful to the MSOA for putting on such an outstanding program for us.”

Sign up for our next Fan Match Race!

Want to team up with your favorite driver and be part of our next fan race?  Here’s your chance…

Our next Fan Match Race takes place this Friday night, June 12.  Just drop us an email at msoa@themsoa.com to enter!

Video Profile: Owner Randy Stevenson

Enjoy a video profile of horse owner and MSOA member Randy Stevenson.

CLICK HERE to watch.

First freshmen take to the track for qualifying races

The Meadows Racetrack hosted its first qualifiers for two-year-olds over the weekend, with eight groups of freshmen prepping for the upcoming stake season.

Many of the horses that took to the track are headed to the Pennsylvania Fairs, which get underway on June 12 at Wattsburg, PA.

The opening qualifier of the day proved to be the fastest of the session, with Bob Key’s Dragon Strikes winning in 1:58.2. The colt, by Art Official out of the Dragon Again mare Dragon Flier K, won for trainer Rich Gillock and driver Tony Hall.

For video of Dragon Strikes’ victory and all of the other qualifiers in the session, CLICK HERE.

The fastest trotting mile was turned in by gelding Major Matter, a son of Explosive Matter-Tahiti Springs (Dream Vacation). Owner/trainer Rick Beinhauer was in the bike for the 2:01.3 win, with a final half of 1:00.

Underdog Hanover, owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Jim Reuther, was a 2:02.1 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. The Muscle Massive filly is out of the mare Up Front Pepe, by Andover Hall.

The top pacing filly of the morning was Unbeamlievable, a Moon Beam filly out of the mare DVC Iblievenangles (Life Sign). Driver Chris Shaw guided her to a come-from-behind win in 2:02.3 for owner Mason Shaw and trainer Jason Shaw.

Other winners were Grumpy Tom (Lear Jetta), 2:07.2 in a colt trot for Jason and Chris Shaw, pacing colt License To Steal (Western Terror) in 2:02.2 for trainer/driver Lester Smeal, trotting filly Kelsey Hanover (Muscle Massive), 2:05.4 for trainer Terry Altmeyer and driver Mike Wilder, and pacing filly Fernbrook Hanover (2:03) for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel.

Dozens more freshmen are expected to qualify this coming week.

PHRC issues notices regarding Cobalt, Hobbles and Methylprednisolone

The MSOA advises horsemen of three notices released by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission.  Please read each of the notices below by clicking on the links.

Hopples/Hobbles 05-2015

Methylprednisolone 05-2015 (UPDATED)

Cobalt Testing

PHRC Notice: Cobalt Testing now underway

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is conducting random cobalt testing on samples being collected at our various racetracks, effective May 1, 2015.

Warnings will be issued to horsemen whose findings are above a 25 parts per billion until June 1, 2015, when the Commission will officially adopt a policy identifying findings and thresholds leading to a possible penalty for violations.

360-Degree Camera takes a trip around The Meadows

360Fly, a company based just a few miles from The Meadows, recently teamed with the MSOA to test out their product on the helmet of Mike Wilder during a race.  Enjoy the video!

Qualifying standards: Effective April 16, 2015

From The Meadows Race Office:
Effective April 16h the new Qualifying standards will be, until further notice:

2:00 Pacers
2:02  Trotters

Three-year-olds will be allowed 2 seconds.
Two-year-olds will be allowed 4 seconds.

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.