MSOA to host College Games, Series Finals on Friday night

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is set to host a big night of racing this Friday, March 27 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Featured will be the 2nd Annual College Games, which will bring dozens of local college students to the track to enjoy a night of harness racing and compete for various local charities in events such as bowling, cornhole and harness handicapping. First prize is $500, with $250 for second and $125 for third.

The event is sponsored by the MSOA, Meadows Racing and the Meadows Chaplaincy Program.

The top races on the evening card will be four late closing series finals. First up will be the 3&4YO filly and mare pace, the $28,100 Donna Dunn Memorial. The morning line favorite is Dream Ball, out of the Ron Burke Stable with driver Mike Wilder. It is carded as Race #2.

Race #3 of the evening is the $33,200 Ken Weaver Memorial, for 3&4YO colt and gelding trotters. The morning line choice is Keystone Chester, owned by Murdock Racing, trained by Andy Rickert, and driven by Aaron Merriman.

The $30,500 Walter Russell Memorial is the 4th race on the card, for 3&4YO colt and gelding pacers. The top early choice is Heavenly Knox, a Chicago invader that has won 5 of 6 career starts for owner Wolf Creek Farm and trainer John Zawistowski. Eric Ledford is slated to drive.

Race #9 will be the final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, for 3&4YO trotting fillies and mares. Wu Long, owned by Harmon Racing and Knightstalker Stable, is the morning line choice for trainer Rob Harmon and driver Dave Palone.

The MSOA will also be hosting an owner event in the Bistecca Nero Suite, beginning at 6:30PM. For more information, contact the MSOA office, at 724-228-3644.  Post time for the Friday evening card is 6:55PM.

Insurance information available from HHI

Here is an update from Harness Horsemen International regarding the “Fire and Disaster” and “Third Party Liability” policies that are included free of charge for all MSOA members. As a member of HHI, the MSOA receives the benefit of group coverage with the other member associations.

The document is an overall coverage statement as well as a list of frequently asked questions that you will find informative. Also included is a list of racetracks, fairgrounds and training centers covered in the Fire and Disaster Policy.

If anyone is interested in adding a fairground or training center to this list, please contact the MSOA Office at 724-228-3644.

CLICK HERE to read the document.

Western Ideal, Winning Mister breedings benefit MSOA Scholarship Fund

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Western Ideal and Winning Mister have been donated to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA’s Collegiate Scholarship Fund.

Western Ideal, stands for a fee of $7,500.  Hanover Shoe Farms donated the breeding.  Local horse owner Bob Key donated the breeding to Winning Mister, valued at $6,000.

“For two of the most prominent breeders in the sport to donate to our scholarship program is tremendous,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “The MSOA is very thankful for these donations.”

The auctions are hosted on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auction. The remainder is payable upon a live foal.

UPDATE: Laurie Poulin was the top bidder for the Western Ideal auction, at $6,300.  Deborah Kvernmo had the high bid on the Winning Mister breeding, at $5,800. The MSOA would like to thank Laurie, Deborah and everyone else that bid on the auctions!

Tribune-Review story features Win Missy B

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently printed a story on former local trotting star Win Missy B, who had her first foal at Bob Key’s Winning Key Farm.

CLICK HERE to read the article.

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

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

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.