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

MSOA Announces 2014 Horse Award Winners

Three-year-old colt pacer Cammikey, owned by Cam Land, LLC, has been named Horse of the Year by the members of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.

Cammikey, who is trained by Bill Zendt and was also named the organization’s Pacer of the Year, beat out Daylon Miracle for the top honor.  Daylon Miracle, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the MSOA’s Trotter of the Year. 

Chaching Hanover earned top honors as the 2YO Colt Pacer of the Year for owners Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert and trainer Jan Fread.  Top 2YO pacing filly honors were earned by Half Past Seven, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and trained by Mike Palone.

Among freshman trotters, the top vote-getters were Wimborne Hanover and Matter Hatter.  Wimborne Hanover,  named the top colt, is owned by Susan Daugherty and trained by her husband, Bill.  Filly Matter Hatter is owned by Pius Soehnlen and trained by Jeff Cox.

Top sophomore colt pacing honors went to Cammikey, while Eiffel Tower was named the leading pacing filly.  Eiffel Tower, owned by Glenda Collins and Janine Zito, is conditioned by Dean Collins.

Bob Key’s Jett Star, trained by Steve Owens, was named the top local trotting colt of 2014, while Broadway Socks earned honors on the filly side.  Broadway Socks is owned by her trainer, David Wade, in partnership with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel. 

Visible Gold was named the top aged male pacer for the 2014 season.  Ron Burke trains for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and the RTC Stables.  

Do Me Honor, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the top aged pacing mare, while stablemate Tamarind was named the top aged male trotter. They joined Daylon Miracle, the top older mare trotter, as the Bercury Stable brought in the most awards on the evening. 

The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year’s honorees.

Report from 2014 MSOA Annual Membership Meeting

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association held its annual membership meeting, hosted by organization president Rich Gillock. 

Gillock opened his report by announcing that membership in the MSOA had increased during 2014 to nearly 800 members.  He then reported on the group’s legislative process in 2014 and let the members know that the group will continue to work with state legislators in 2015 to ensure a bright future for racing in Pennsylvania.

Backstretch improvements from 2014 were reviewed, and plans were discussed for additional work on the barn area in 2015.  The MSOA’s public relations program, implemented by PR director Heather Wilder, was updated and reviewed by the group.

Additionally, Gillock reported that the MSOA’s driver/trainer bonus program, initiated in 2014, would continue in 2015.

The MSOA’s 2015 budget was presented and approved by the membership.

Executive Director Kim Hankins then announced the result of the Board of Directors election results, which were compiled by Michalik & Daniels, LLC, of Pittsburgh.

In the trainer/driver category, Rich Gillock retained his seat, while Jack Piatt II was reelected in the owner category.  The other open owner position on the board was won by Stuart Williams, who has served many terms on the MSOA board in the past. 

Williams will be taking the seat formerly held by Bill Bercury, who did not seek reelection. 

President Gillock then presented a service plaque to Bercury, thanking him for his years on the board, and he was applauded by the membership.

The annual meeting was held in Delvin’s Banquet Room at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

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

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:


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.

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.