Family Fun Night set for May 27

The MSOA will host a Family Fun Night at The Meadows on Friday night, May 27.  First race post for the evening card will be 5PM.

The “Party On The Patio,” with Christina Chirumbolo, will be taking place that evening along with a Food Truck Festival.

For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides, a horse “meet & greet,” inflatables, and airbrush and balloon artists.

There will be plenty of giveaways for kids of all ages, and a chance to meet many of the tracks top trainers and drivers along with behind the scenes tours of the paddock and jog cart and starting gate rides.  A fan match race will also take place, weather permitting!

Bring family and friends and join the MSOA for Family Fun Night!

Notice regarding PA State budget and purses

Due to the late passage of the Pennsylvania state budget, the purse pool at the Meadows is taking a drastic hit because the annual funds taken by the Commonwealth are being withdrawn in a very condensed time frame. In previous years, the Racehorse Development Fund paid these funds over 22 weeks between July 1st (beginning of the state fiscal year) and approximately December 22nd.

This year, due to the delay in the passing of the 2015-2016 budget, causing the new beginning date of May 5th, the payback is spread over only 8 weeks (to be concluded by the end of the State fiscal year) instead of 22 weeks as in the past.

Therefore, the purses will be reduced by 10% beginning May 22nd. The MSOA regrets having to take such a measure, but it is imperative to take immediate action to avoid a non-scheduled break in the racing schedule.

Applications now being accepted for HTA Scholarships

HTAHarness Tracks of America and David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, management personnel, or young people themselves who are actively engaged in the harness racing industry. Three $5,000 grants are customarily awarded every year.

For additional information, CLICK HERE.

Q&A: Dave Palone

PaloneThis is the latest in a series of question and answer sessions with Meadows drivers and trainers.

by Mark Massimino

Q: Some may not remember, but years ago you trained a successful stable.  What do you remember most about having your own barn?

A: You know, I really enjoyed training and, of course everyone has their favorite, but I enjoyed every part of it. I enjoyed the training part, I enjoyed putting the horses away in their stalls and doing the right stuff. I really took a lot of pride in how my horses raced and I miss that part of the game. I had an old claimer by the name of Lavette’s Paleface. He made me look good, actually. I didn’t know much about driving and I was a little rusty out there against the top guys.  It didn’t seem to matter how I raced the horse, the horse always ran a good race and made me look good. And he was a standout horse; he was a beautiful red horse with a white face. He was my favorite, and I took a lot of pride in grooming him.

Q: Can you ever see yourself going back to training again?

A: I mean, I don’t know. I guess maybe somewhere down the line I’ll do it as a hobby. Get a couple babies and mess around with them, but I never want to open a stable and grind every day and do it. It’s just too tough.

 Q: You’ve accomplished so many goals already…what keeps you motivated at this point?

A: I’m still in love with racing horses. Winning races, showing up, hanging out with the guys and trying to figure out how to get things done. It’s just something that I’ve always enjoyed. And you know, maybe I don’t enjoy the cold winters and the sloppy days as much, but I do enjoy racing the horses, and especially the young horses in the stake races.

Q: Of all of the horses you’ve ever sat behind, who do you think was the quickest off the gate, and who was the fastest closer?

A: It might be the same horse. The best horse I ever drove by far, ability wise, was Sweet Lou. He was able to do just about anything you wanted him to do. But I’ve driven a lot of very fast horses. Foiled Again is one that comes to mind that was able to just go fast. Another horse I drove that I really loved, it might’ve been the fastest horse Ronnie (Burke) ever had off the gate was Maltese Artist. I got my 12000th win with him. Those are the favorites that you’ll never forget and those are the ones I was fortunate enough to drive in my career.

MSOA teams with W&J student for wagering blog

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HRFZ 16The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and the Harness Racing FanZone are teaming up with Cyrus Rahimi, a soon-to-be graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., to create a weekly Wednesday blog on, along with video and photos of his initial experiences attending harness races and learning how to wager at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino starting on Monday (April 25).

Rahimi, who first attended the races at The Meadows for the third annual College Games for Charity hosted by the track on April 9, has never wagered on harness racing. He is a senior at W&J, located just five miles from The Meadows, and will graduate with a degree in finance in just a few short weeks. Following graduation, the San Diego native will be moving to New York City for a job with Merrill Lynch.

Starting with his visit to The Meadows for racing Monday (April 25) with a 1 p.m. first post time, Rahimi will be blogging about his experience in a special feature with video and pictures from track photographer Chris Gooden, which will be featured in a special Harness Racing FanZone #WednesdayWager promotion for the next five weeks.

The feature will begin with Rahimi’s his first steps through the door of the casino, finding the racebook and purchasing a program. He will be given $25 a day to fund his effort.

Viewers will be able to follow along with his experiences as he learns about the basics of handicapping and wagering including reading the program, understanding the wagering menu and how to make bets through mutuel tellers, self-betting machines, MBET and Xpressbet.

Viewers can follow Rahimi’s journey from the beginning by using the following link at The Harness Racing Fan Zone.

MSOA hosts successful College Games for charity

CG 16The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the third annual College Games for charity at The Meadows on Saturday (April 9).

Ten teams of five students each, representing various groups from nearby Washington & Jefferson College took part in the games, which featured events such as harness racing handicapping, bowling, basketball and an obstacle course.

More than $3,000 was divided up among the top five teams for their respective charities, including winners Bicca 455, earning $1,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Keystone Chapter. The team members were competing in honor of a classmate’s mother who is battling MS.

Daniel Lis, a student at W&J that helped to organize the teams and member of the Bicca 455 team, said, “We are a close group of friends and we wanted to win for our charity, MS Society Keystone Chapter, and donate to help them in any way needed with funds we won.”

Lis was also instrumental in finding additional sponsors to join the MSOA for the event. “I am interning for a local association management firm called Tikes, Inc., which works with various groups in Pittsburgh and makes donations to great causes. My boss, Kelly Szejko, helped us to receive donations from the Association for Corporate Growth and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Assocation, which were added to the MSOA’s generous donation.”

All participants were given two free tickets to see the local professional baseball team, the Washington Wild Things, on May 26. The students’ charities will be honored that night and the College Games competitors will be recognized.

“This event continues to grow every year, said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “It’s always great to have so many younger people enjoy the races, and to be able to tie it in with so many local charities makes it even better. I can’t thank all of the volunteers enough that helped. We are proud to host the College Games and look forward to next year’s event.”

Dott casts his vote for harness racing

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DottLike many people during this election year, Phil Dott has a sign in his front yard. However, his doesn’t display the name of his favorite candidate.

Instead, Dott’s sign proudly announces the arrival of the latest member of his family…a four-legged Standardbred member named Clavius.

Dott, 61, is a Standardbred owner and breeder from McMurray, Pennsylvania that first got hooked on harness racing in the 1970s. “I came to The Meadows and heard Roger Huston calling a race. That was it, I was hooked,” he says. “There was no turning back from there.”

He spent most of his life as just a fan, but five years ago decided to take the next step and become an owner. He met trainer Tim Twaddle and claimed a Real Artist mare named Hard Shoe Hannah. A lifetime winner of more than $280,000, Hard Shoe Hannah was a good racehorse, and Dott hoped that she would make a great broodmare prospect as well. “We turned her into a pet,” he says. “She didn’t race as well as we wanted to, so we sent her to Dennis and Gina Hoffman at Lindwood Farms to start a new career.”

Hard Shoe Hannah’s first foal was a Shark Gesture filly that was given an unusual name, Jeffrey Hard Shark. “My wife Adele and I named her after my nephew, who died at 12 of a brain tumor. I had told my brother that I would name the horse after his son. We wanted a colt, but it was a filly, and I still kept the name.”

Jeffrey Hard Shark, co-owned by Dott and John Valdisera, made a handful of appearances on the track last season before spending the winter at Pinehurst. “Gordon Corey trained her down there this winter. He’s a very good trainer. I always liked Pinehurst. I used to play golf there and wanted my horse down there. We just brought her back and Tim (Twaddle) is getting her ready for her three-year-old season. Tim’s a good guy and a good trainer.”

The second foal, Pjonmyshoulder, by Hypnotic Blue Chip, is a two-year-old this season, and the latest arrival is Clavius, by Western Ideal, foaled this month at Lindwood, as the sign in his yard proudly notes. “Everybody stops by my house and sees the sign out there,” he says. “Lindwood Farm also promotes it, and I’ve had nothing but positive comments. I love racing and The Meadows.”

That love is evident to anyone following Dott on the highway as well, where stickers with the names of his horses cover the back windows, just like the stick-family decorations on many minivans on the road.

Dott’s goal in the sport is the same as most other owners, “Hopefully I can make some money and have really good, winning horses.” But for now, he is just happy seeing his Standardbred family grow, and sharing that news with his family and friends. “I’ve tried not to spoil the horses, but I love them all. They’re my babies.”

MSOA donates $2,000 to victims of South Florida Training Center fire

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that it is donating $2,000 to the horsemen affected by the March 16 fire at the South Florida Training Center.

“It’s unfortunate that this situation has happened again, right on the heels of the fire in Ontario earlier this year,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “It’s something you never want to hear, as we know all too well here at The Meadows, after our tragic fire years ago. We know what our friends in Florida are going through, and we are happy to be able to send some assistance their way.”

Funds will be donated through the GoFundMe account set up by Michael Carter of the Post Time with Mike & Mike show. The funds will then be sent to the Florida Standbred Breeders and Owners Association for distribution to the affected horsemen.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

NOTICE: Quaker Stake payments due

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The Quaker State Fair circuit will again be racing at fourteen Pennsylvania fairs.  Two and three year old trotters and pacers  which are Pennsylvania sired or wholly owed by Pennsylvania residents can  be made eligible with a March 15 payment of $50 and a May 15 payment of $50.  Entry forms can be found in Hoofbeats , at or by contacting Sue Brickell directly at 724-388-2516 or March payments should be mailed to 11631 Imperial Oaks Blvd, New Port Richey FL 34654, and May payments to 893 Nashville Road, Rochester Mills, Pa 15771.

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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