MSOA Scholarship Applications due May 2

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.

CLICK HERE for the application form and further instructions.

Race Office updates Horse Approval Guidelines (4-1-14)

The Meadows’ Race Office has updated the Horse Approval Guidelines, effective April 1, 2014.

CLICK HERE to read.

Tom Ridge, Crazed breedings to be auctioned for MSOA Scholarship Fund

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.”


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 hosts successful College Games for Charity

College Games 2Six 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 Kappa 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.

“The Dean” is here to help you handicap!

The MSOA would like to welcome a new addition to our website, “The Dean’s Race Comments.”

The Dean is a veteran handicapper who is here to provide an in-depth look at our races at The Meadows…not with picks (The Professor handles that), but with expanded information on races from recent days that will help you make a more educated selection.

Take a look at The Dean’s new page, which will be updated regularly with the latest racing information.

CLICK HERE to visit The Dean’s Race Comments!

Download our March Newsletter

The MSOA’s e-Newsletter for March, 2014 is now available.

CLICK HERE to download.

PHRC releases 2014 Medication Guidelines

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has released a detailed document regarding the treatment of racehorses with therapeutic medications.  We highly recommend that all horsemen fully read the entire document.

CLICK HERE for the 2014 Medication Guidelines.

MSOA Board approves 10-horse field bonus increase

The MSOA Board has approved an increase of the bonus paid to horses not earning a purse check in 10-horse fields from $100 to $200 beginning Friday, March 14.

The 10-horse fields have proven to increase handle substantially and the MSOA appreciates the participation of the entrants.

The current policy of paying these bonuses only if the race is contested with a 10-horse field will continue. The 10% purse increase on these races will also continue even if there are scratches.

Race Office updates qualifying standards, effective March 31

Effective March 31, 2014, qualifying standards for a fast track will be:

Pacers 4 yo and up 2:00
Trotters 4 yo and up 2:02
3 yo allowed 2 seconds
2 yo allowed 4 seconds.

* Be advised the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program has its own set of qualifying  standards and rules to govern.

PHRC updates Procaine/Penicillin policy

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has updated its policy for the use of  Procaine/Penicillin.

For the full policy, CLICK HERE.

MSOA teams with WAHS for special event


UPDATE:  The Tribune-Review ran a story on Saturday, March 1.  CLICK HERE to read.

On Friday night, February 28, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a special event to benefit the Washington Area Humane Society.  The last time the groups worked together, it was the beginning of a journey that has taken a horse and a young girl to places no one could have imagined.

The MSOA and The Meadows Racing each donated its commission, doubling the benefit for the WAHS.  Combined with private donations, more than $2,500 was raised.

Racing fans were encouraged to join in by not only wagering on the race, but also by bringing an item from the WAHS “Wish List”, which includes dry cat food, clay cat litter, Purina One dry and canned dog food, dog treats and more.   Fans donating an item from the “Wish List” received a $2 betting voucher, courtesy of the MSOA and The Meadows.

Donations are always accepted.  For the full “Wish List,” CLICK HERE.

The MSOA and Meadows horsemen are quite familiar with the work of the Washington Area Humane Society.  Five years ago, the groups got together when nearly two dozen horses were found in extremely poor health on a nearby farm.

Several local trainers stepped up and worked together with the Meadows race office and the WAHS to donate whatever items they could.  Leslie Zendt, a trainer/driver, was one of several that took the extra step to help.

“Word got around the backstretch at The Meadows, and so I got in touch with the Humane Society,” said Zendt.  “The horses were having trouble getting to fresh water, so the first thing I did was buy some water troughs.  The next day, more people got involved and a bunch of us went over to see firsthand.  In my lifetime I never thought I would see anything like that.”

What Zendt saw were more than 20 horses, mostly Quarterhorses, all emaciated and very ill.

Zendt stepped up and began the process immediately to adopt a young horse that she thought was a gelding, but turned out to simply be an underdeveloped two-year-old colt.  “We loaded him up and brought him back to my farm,” says Zendt. “

After consulting with veterinarians Barry Betts and Larry Smith, Zendt started, giving the horse, which she discovered was a registered Quarterhorse, small amounts of feed and brushing him, trying to get him comfortable.

He eventually began to gain strength, but remained small in stature due to his early malnutrition.  After Dr. Betts gelded the colt free of charge, Zendt began looking for a home for the horse, now named “Junior.”

“I’m busy enough with my racehorses, and didn’t have use for another riding horse.  Dave Palone and I threw the saddle on him one day and started breaking him.  I talked to (husband) Bill’s son Brian.  He and his wife Dawn were looking for a riding horse that could eventually be used for their daughter, Lexi.

Dawn Zendt then picks up the story.  “The horse was so young.  We kept trying to work with him, but he was just so immature.  Physically and mentally it took him a while to catch up.

Dawn rode the horse during the summer of 2012, when Junior was five years old, but he just wasn’t aggressive enough for barrel racing at her level.  “He was just so laid back, and I realized he would be a great horse for our daughter, Lexi.”

Lexi Zendt, at age 10 last summer, was coming back to barrel racing after an incident with her pony left her with a broken arm the previous year.  “She needed to get her confidence back,” said Dawn.  “We started her with Junior this past September, and she quickly realized that the horse will take care of her.  He has helped her to gain so much confidence.  He is just so trustworthy and eager to please.  He will only go as fast as Lexi wants him to go.”

Together, Lexi Zendt and Junior are learning together, and succeeding.  “They are already top-five in the youth class in the West Virginia region of the International Barrel Racing Association,” said Dawn.  “Lexi is in love with him.”

The entire Zendt family has had a hand in bringing Junior from a very difficult beginning to where he is today.  Their story shows how horsemen at The Meadows have made a difference while working with the Washington Area Humane Society, and they are happy to see that the partnership will continue with this Friday’s event.  “I think that a lot of people are quick to think that horses like that are too much trouble,” said Dawn Zendt.  “But that’s not the case.  They can turn out to be the most caring, forgiving animals.  I was happy that The Meadows’ horsemen stepped up last time.  None of the horses were Standardbreds, yet our community did what we could to help.  Lexi’s story is just one of many from what took place five years ago.  We’re happy to see the two groups work together again.”

NOTICE: PHRC Ruling regarding Amicar

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, in consultation with Dr. Mary Robinson, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School of Medicine, New Bolton Center, has announced that effective March 1 the pre-race medication Amicar will no longer be permitted to be used in conjunction with Furosemide.

The commission has made this determination after reviewing the scientific data and information regarding the efficacy of Amicar as a pre-race medication.

Accordingly, any findings of Amicar after March 1 from samples collected during routine testing will result in a positive test which may result in a fine and/or suspension and loss of any earned purse.

Time to renew memberships for 2014

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds its members that it is time to renew your membership for 2014.

Please choose the appropriate membership application form below:

2014 Owner Application

2014 Trainer/Driver Application

2014 Associate Membership Application