Dude’s The Man wins Adios Pace

Dude's The Man Adios 2015 Finish line 8 1 15He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s (August 1) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event.

Yankee Bounty rallied for second, 2 lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third.

Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title.

M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude’s The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art’s Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Callahan said he wanted to get the colt into the race early from post 2.

“On these speed-favoring tracks, you can’t circle them from last,” Callahan said. “You can’t get away seventh, be third over and have a shot. I wanted to get away as close as possible, and fourth is where I ended up.”

Although Dude’s The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination last week.

“I thought My Hero Ron was just okay last week,” Callahan said. “I came at him last week with Yankee Bounty and almost got him, so I was pretty confident being first up with that horse on the lead.”

Of greater concern was the winner’s persistent battle with shadows. Okusko said she added a Daisy roll and a Pelling pacifier during the week to keep the colt more focused, but their impact was limited.

“I was trying to talk him over the shadows and hold onto him,” Callahan said. “Around the last turn, clouds came over. Someone was looking out for me in the last turn. The clouds covered the sun, and he paced right home.”

Another potential problem for Dude’s The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner’s bumper, didn’t finish strongly.

“At the top of the stretch I thought I had a shot,” said Brian Brown, who trains Lost For Words. “He scoped with blood, so he may need more Lasix. Any time a horse bleeds, he’s in trouble.”

Okusko said Dude’s The Man may be pointed to the Cane Pace and also remains eligible to the Battle of the Brandywine, the Little Brown Jug and several stakes at the Red Mile.

“He’s from a great family, and he has great conformation,” she said. “He’s really come into himself. This was the first time he raced on a five-eighths, and he got around it great.”

Story by Evan Pattak for The Meadows Racing.  Photo by Chris Gooden Photos.

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35-1 Cooperstown, National Seelster, My Hero Ron win Adios elms

Cooperstown 7 25 15Dismissed at 35-1, Cooperstown rallied wide and strong in the lane and became the most improbable of the trio of winners in Saturday’s (July 25) eliminations in the $525,000 Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at The Meadows. National Seelster and My Hero Ron, both favorites, captured the other eliminations.

They’ll be joined in next Saturday’s final by Angelo J Fra, Dreams Beachboy, Lost For Words, Dude’s The Man, Yankee Bounty and Trading Up. Ron Burke trains two elimination winners—Cooperstown and My Hero Ron, each piloted to victory by Yannick Gingras—and also will be represented by Yankee Bounty. Tony Alagna (Dreams Beachboy, Trading Up) will send a pair to the final.

An open draw for Adios final post positions is set for Tuesday, July 28, 12:30 PM, and can be seen on Meadows Live!

Cooperstown, whose most recent victory came in a non-winners of 3, appeared to be in an unenviable position—third over and chasing a leader, Tomy Terror, who’d enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather. Gingras, however, didn’t see it that way.

“Actually, I liked my spot,” he said. “I didn’t think the leaders were the horses to beat, and I knew my cover would take me a long way. I wasn’t thinking about winning—he was 35-1 for a reason. But around the last turn, I knew I’d made the final, anyway.”

Cooperstown blazed the back half in 54.1 and scored in 1:49.4, defeating Lost For Words by a neck. Dude’s The Man rallied from last for show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Keith Pippi and Michelle Yanek campaign Cooperstown, a son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm.

National Seelster, who is 4 for 4 in New York Sires Stake action this year, got away in third. Tim Tetrick moved him to the front at the quarter, a decision Tetrick said he nearly came to regret.

“My horse was kind of falling asleep on the front,” Tetrick said. “He’s only cut it a few times, and he didn’t know what to do up there. When he saw that Yannick couldn’t get around him, he got brave. He swelled up enough to get to the wire. I think he needs a helmet to follow for quite a while. He can rough it some, but on the front, he’s too lazy. I won’t do that again with him.”

The son of Bettor’s Delight-No Strikes Against woke up in enough time to repel the stern first-over challenge of Rufo and triumph in 1:51.1, 3/4 lengths better than long shot Angelo J Fra. Dreams Beachboy completed the ticket. Chris Ryder conditions National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa’s Farm.

My Hero Ron took command early, put away his well-intended stablemate, Yankee Bounty, and downed him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3, with Trading Up third. It was the third straight win for the Well Said-Emma La Em gelding since his private acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino.

“He’s a little bit lazy, but he’s the kind of horse who will step up when they get to him,” Gingras said. “Those were pretty soft fractions for this bunch, so I knew he’d have plenty left.”

MSOA Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 MSOA Collegiate Scholarships.

The $5,000 MSOA Scholarship, presented by the MSOA Board of Directors, has been awarded to Ryan Zidek, a student at Saint Vincent College.  He is the son of Jeff Zidek.

Riley Harvey, son of Naquel Harvey, has been awarded the $3,200 Crazed Scholarship, presented by the MSOA and Hanover Shoe Farms.  He is attending Wright State University.

Alyssa Cummings, a student at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, has been named the winner of the $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship.  She is the daughter of Todd and Tammy Cummings.

The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Barry Betts Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jessica Cocciolone.  The daughter of Carl and Sharon Cocciolone is a student at Robert Morris University.

The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners, and thank all of its partners in making the scholarship program a success, including Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance, Dr. Larry Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals and Hanover Shoe Farms. 

A formal presentation will be made to the winners on Adios Day (Saturday, August 1) at The Meadows Racetrack.

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Rebellion visit 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.”

Video Profile: Owner Randy Stevenson

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

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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.