Tom Chadwick, 76, passes

Thomas John “Chad” Chadwick, 76, of North Huntingdon, PA, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was born Nov. 5, 1938, in McKeesport, the son of the late Chester and Mary Lakatosh Chadwick.

Tom was a longtime owner of Standardbreds and a member of the US Trotting Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.  His main trainer for several decades was Dane Snyder, with horses based at The Meadows.  He also raced in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Virginia.

His top horse was Blueridge Abigail, a dual-state champion.  After winning Virginia stake championships at 2 and 3 at Colonial Downs, she went on to win the Indiana Sire Stake aged trotting mare title in 2013. 

According to Tom King, Chadwick’s longtime partner on many of his horses, “He would spend countless hours studying the sales books.  He  knew families, and knew everything about it.  He was famous for how he marked his book, and people would always want to borrow his book to see what he liked.  He was a real student of the business.   I never saw anybody more liked by more people.  He was genuinely a nice guy.” 

Chadwick was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the Glassport Polish Club. He also owned horses and enjoyed harness racing at the Meadows. Chad was a pharmacist at UPMC McKeesport and retired after 39 years of service. He was an Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie Catherine Stashko; stepson, Gene (Kristi) McCahill, of Delmar, Md.; stepdaughter, Lee (Thomas) Brown, of Boston; grandchildren, Alexandria, Mary Lee and Jacob Brown; and many cousins.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Gilbert Funeral Home, 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, (Elizabeth Township), PA.  Private funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel. Private interment will be in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

PHRC Notices: Sire Stake and Breeders Fund information

Please read these two important updates from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission:

Sire Stakes Rules – Updated 11-18-14

Breeders Fund Rules and Regulations – Updated 11-18-14

26th Annual Chinese Auction for Charity set for December 7

The 26th Annual Chinese Auction for Charity will take place on Sunday, December 7 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Triple Crown Banquet Suite, located on the ground floor of the casino next to the Racebook.

The event will follow the MSOA’s Annual Membership Meeting, which will begin at 4PM. Doors open at 5PM for the Chinese Auction.

The auction is an exciting evening where you can win prizes which have been donated by our many supporters and friends. Tickets for most prizes are $1.00; the larger gifts are $2.00 or 3/$5.00. There are 3 drawings for $500 cash each, plus a $300 and $200 cash prize!

There are a few prizes valued over $500 and tickets are $5.00 each. Doors open at 5PM with the drawings to begin around 7PM. Dinner will be provided along with a cash bar. Enjoy live entertainment, drinks and great food while making your selections. You can view prizes and purchase tickets beginning at 1PM on the day of the event. Winners do not need to be present for the drawing.

Contributions are Needed!

Please help make this year’s auction another outstanding success! Now is the time to start thinking about you donation. Please consider donating a prize. Some suggestions for your gift donation are:

-Gift Certificates for Area Restaurants
-Basket of Cheer
-Holiday Decorative Items or Apparel
-Tickets to Sporting Events or Plays
-Horse Related Jewelry, Apparel, etc.
-Horse Supplies
-Items Related to Your Business

Let Us Know Your Prize Donation Now!

Prizes can be dropped off at the MSOA Office during regular business hours. Make sure your name is attached with your donation for the “prize list.” Please contact them at 724.228.3644. Prizes can also be sent to: Janet Campbell, 9711 Downing Place, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 (724.331.2660).

Thank you in advance for your support of this year’s Chinese Auction for Charity!

MSOA to host annual membership meeting December 7

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association advises its members that the annual membership meeting will take place on Sunday, December 7 at 4PM.

This year’s event will take place in Delvin’s Banquet Room at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Racebook level.  The 2014 MSOA Horse Awards will be announced at the meeting.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend.

The meeting will take place in advance of the 2014 Chinese Auction for Charity, which will take place in the Triple Crown banquet room area, also on the Racebook level of the casino.  Doors will open for the auction at 5PM.

MSOA hosts 3rd annual Caretaker Appreciation Day

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association recently hosted its 3rd annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, thanks to the generosity of several owners, trainers and drivers.

The day began with a free lunch for all caretakers in the paddock lounge prior to the races, courtesy of the MSOA.

An anonymous donor gave $1,250 that was divided up among the winning caretakers of each of the day’s 15 races. A minimum “bonus” of $50 was given to each winning caretaker, with three races offering a larger amount of $200-$250. Additionally, other owners and trainers donated cash, blankets and/or gift cards to area businesses, which were given away via separate random drawings each race.

The big winner on the afternoon was Mike Wallace, caretaker of I’m Feelin Good for trainer Ashley Hall. Wallace picked up the day’s largest bonus, $250.

The annual event is a way for owners, trainers and drivers to show their appreciation for the efforts made behind the scenes by the caretakers that work with their horses on a daily basis.

MSOA congratulates World Champion Dave Palone

On Friday, November 14, Dave Palone became the winningest harness racing driver in the world, surpassing Germany’s Heinz Wewering.  The MSOA congratulates Dave on his accomplishment.

Enjoy this video capturing the moments leading up to the record and the post-race celebration, courtesy of the US Trotting Association:

WATCH VIDEO

Race Office updates draw schedule for Thanksgiving

The Meadows Race Office has updated the Thanksgiving draw schedule:

Draw Tuesday, 11/25 for races on Monday, 12/1.  Scratch time is Wednesday 11/26.

Draw Wednesday, 11/26 for races on Tuesday, 12/2.  Scratch time is Friday, 11/28.

Draw Friday, 11/28 for races Wednesday, 12/3.  Scratch time is Monday 12/1.

Draw Monday, 12/1 for races Friday, December 5  Scratch time is Tuesday 12/2.

**NOTE:  There will be no qualifiers on 11/28.

Notices from PHRC regarding medications

The following is a notice from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission:

Please be cautious and speak with your veterinarian regarding the medications Dexamethasone and Betamethasone regarding dosage and possible withdraw times.

Recently the PA Harness Racing Commission has issued warnings regarding the medication Dexamethasone.

Starting November 1, 2014 warnings will no longer be called on any samples collected regarding this medication and penalties will be accessed for violations.

Also…On November 1, 2014 the PA Harness Racing Commission will begin testing for the substance cobalt.

MSOA hosts 6th annual Pink Out

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows hosted the track’s 6th annual Pink Out event benefitting breast cancer research on Saturday night, November 1.

Featured on the card was an all-female race, captured by Terry Millhoan and Woodruff. Tabby Canarr finished second with Gambler Springs, while two-time defending champion Rachel Kaneoka was third, guiding Fortissimo.

A later race was designated as the breast cancer research event, with the MSOA donating its commission from the race to Pittsburgh’s Magee Women’s hospital.

Also featured on the final night card of the season was a special appearance by Morgan Grand National and World Championship winning Sophia Stillings. The 12-year-old granddaughter of Hall of Famer Dick Stillings led a post parade with her horse, Artful Image.

The night also featured an emotional video message from Bethann Palone, wife of driver Dave Palone, for whom the Pink Out event had special meaning. To view Bethann’s video, visit http://youtu.be/m_uWYT9WM-g.

The next live card at The Meadows is on Monday (November 3). The track is now racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12:55.

PHRC updates policy regarding nasal strips

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has updated its policy regarding nasal strips, effective November 1, 2014.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the policy.

Stillings family produces another World Champion

StillingsWhen it comes to horses, it’s all about family bloodlines. Champions breed champions.

The same can often be said when it comes to the people involved with horses.

Dick Stillings is known throughout the world of harness racing as a Hall of Famer, thanks to decades of success as a driver and trainer.

Recently, however, a new Stillings has been making a name for herself in another branch of the equine community.

Sophia Stillings, 12, is the granddaughter of Dick Stillings, and has become quite a powerhouse at the Morgan Grand National and World Championships.

This past weekend (October 17-18), the Spring Valley, Ohio native won her fourth consecutive World Championship in the Pleasure division, and her second straight world title in Equitation in competition held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Sophia, the daughter of Ricky and Kirsten Stillings, started riding at age five. “She has always been around horses,” said Kirsten, a former mutuel teller at Scioto, of her daughter. “We took her to a horse camp one summer and she fell in love with it. She wanted to take lessons and committed herself to it.”

After leasing a horse for two years, the Stillings family knew it was time to make a purchase and bought Sophia her own horse, Artful Image.

Better known as Rose, the mare has been with Sophia ever since. The pair has worked together at Cape Cod Equestrian Center in Spring Valley with trainers Reese and Erin Richey.

This year, despite her success in the past, Sophia wasn’t sure her streak would continue. “There were some others that came into the ring for the pleasure championship that were very nice horses,” she said. “One was a four-time world champion in another division.”

She faced a similar challenge in equitation.

“Equitation isn’t my best suit, so it’s something I had to work hard at and that was probably my biggest goal for the year.”

In the end, Sophia and Rose had won two more World Championships.

Sophia, her parents, and her 7-year-old sister Ella did not make the trip alone this year, as they had backing from the most well-known member of the family, grandfather Dick. “It was pretty exciting,” said Sophia. “I didn’t expect him to come and it was a lot of fun to have him there.”

The harness racing Hall of Famer took a break from his racing schedule at The Meadows to make the trek to Oklahoma to support his granddaughter. “She’s amazing,” said Dick. “I went to a lot of her shows in Ohio, but this is the first time I went to Oklahoma to see her. It was great. I had tears in my eyes. When you do something like that achievement wise, for herself and the horse, you feel great for them.”

Dick Stillings was also grateful to get the opportunity to spend time with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. “Her mom, Kirsten, is a big influence on her and so is Ricky, her dad. They have two daughters and whatever either wants to do, they try to help them do it. You couldn’t find better parents. For me, I hadn’t been anywhere in a while, and it was great to get to be there and be part of it.”

Dick Stillings has been part of many success stories in the world of harness racing, including two Breeders Crown wins (with Esquire Spur and Kentucky Spur) and a pair of Little Brown Jug victories (with Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur). But this achievement by his granddaughter ranks right near the top of his list of equine memories. “All I can say is that it’s one of those situations where you are happy for them and you’re happy for yourself that you could be there to see it.”

IMPORTANT: PHRC updates key policies for drivers

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has updated policies in regard to three key items for drivers.  New policies will go into place on November 1 for Giving Holes/Making Room, Pylon infractions, and a new Whipping Policy.

Click on the links below to read the new policies.

Giving Holes-Making Room Policy — Effective Nov 1 2014

Pylon Policy — Effective Nov 1 2014

Whipping Policy — Effective Nov 1 2014

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.

 

Horse Approval Guidelines Updated

The Meadows’ Race Office has updated the track’s Horse Approval Guidelines, effective June 24, 2014.

CLICK HERE for full details.