Health Notice from PA Racing Commission

Horsemen are advised that the Racing Commission has advised us that a case of Strangles was reported at Wind Gap Farm and two more horses are being tested.

Please take any necessary precautions.

Join us for Pacing For The Cure, August 26-27

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and Pacing for the Cure are joining forces at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino on August 26 and 27 for the next “Pacing for the Cure” racetrack event.

This will be the third time this year that Jeff and Janine Gesek, founders of Pacing for the Cure, will be taking their charity and mission to the industry of harness racing. The Meadowlands, Scioto Downs and now the Meadows Racetrack and Casino will be hosting the group. This duo travels to various locations in hopes to educate the public on multiple sclerosis and to raise funds that will be put towards the purchase of costly equipment for those affected by the disease.

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system and affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide. Currently there is no cure for this disease and very few understand the cause and impact on MS survivors and their caregivers.

Pacing with the Cure’s feature weekend will begin with a MS walk on Friday (Aug. 26) at 5 p.m. Those participating will line up behind the starting gate, and then they’ll be off. Teams of ten will be competing for individual groups, stables, and organizations while individuals are encouraged to participate as well.

A reception to spread awareness and to benefit Pacing for the Cure will be taking place on Saturday (Aug. 27) at 1 p.m. on a day that is already special because of the early 11:25 a.m. post in honor of the Traverse Stakes. Silent and chinese auction ideas will be set out as well as a buffet-style luncheon.

Polly Blackhurst, the Meadows previous parade marshall and now starting gate driver, will be honored during the race card.

“As an MS survivor for many years, my advice to others is do not sit down, do not give up and keep moving,” said Blackhurst. She is an avid cyclist and racks up the miles when the weather is good.

Sign up sheets are available HERE.  Individual participation cost is $10 per person or $100 for a team of 10. T-shirts will also be available for those signing up before August 10.

Please contact Jeff Gesek at or Janine Gesek at to sign up or to request more information.

NOTICE: August 20 main track closure

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The Meadows Race Office would like to advise horsemen that the main track will close at 8AM on Saturday, August 20 for the Corks & Kegs Festival.

2016 Collegiate Scholarship winners announced

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 Collegiate Scholarships.

This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to nine students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members.

The $6,300 Western Ideal/Hanover Shoe Farms/MSOA Scholarship will be divided between Sierra Manzi-Owens and Sara Zidek.  Manzi-Owens will be a freshman this fall at Otterbein University, while Zidek will be a freshman at the College of Wooster.

The $5,000 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Scholarship will be split between Grace Paver and Brett Schoeffel.  Paver attends Temple University, while Schoeffel is a student at Butler County Community College.

This year’s $2,500 CSC Insurance/MSOA Scholarship will be shared by Cody Walters and Casey Hite.  Walters will continue his education at Rosedale Technical School, while Hite will be a freshman at Bethany College.

The $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mary and Larry Smith along with the MSOA, goes to Hunter Adams and Kassie Adams.  Hunter is a sophomore at Otterbein University while Kassie attends Waynesburg University.

The $580 Winning Key Farms/MSOA Scholarship has been awarded to Ryan Zidek.  He will be a senior at Saint Vincent College this fall.

“The MSOA would like to not only congratulate this year’s deserving winners, but we would also like to thank all of our partners in helping us have a record year in terms of the number and amount of the scholarships we have been able to award,” said Rich Gillock, MSOA President.  “Thanks to breeding donations and the generosity of all involved, we are able to assist these fine young men and women in their pursuit of a higher education, and we are proud to continue our program again this year.”

The recipients will be honored in a winners circle presentation at The Meadows Racetrack on Adios Day, Saturday, July 30.

Racing Commission releases list of PASS eligibles

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The Pennsylvania Racing Commission has released the full list of horses eligible to Pennsylvania Sire Stake events, both fairs and pari-mutuel races.

CLICK HERE for the full list.

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.



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