Board of Directors

gillockRichard Gillock, President

Rich Gillock learned the racing business from his grandfather, Mike, and has been around The Meadows since it opened in 1963. He earned his trainer’s license at the age of 18 in 1974 and has been one of the track’s leading conditioners for four decades.

Some of his top performers remain on the list of the track’s all-time greatest horses: Amber’s Will, Miller’s Aussie, Northwest, Junket, Jet Pace, Execujet, Yankee Bart and Encore Encore. Currently, he trains a stable of 40.

He has been involved with the MSOA for over twenty years, joining the Board of Directors in 1994. He is serving as the group’s President for the second time.

The Belle Vernon, PA native has raced throughout North America, but has based his operation at The Meadows throughout his career, supporting not only Pennsylvania’s pari-mutuel tracks, but the fair circuit as well. His brother, Mike, is also an active owner/trainer/driver, as is his nephew, Mike Sutton.

jack piatt 2Jack B. Piatt II, Vice President

Jack Piatt has been a lifetime resident of Washington, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Trinity High School, he attended the University of Tampa (1967-1969), and also served in the Army and Air National Guard for 6 years.

As a horse owner for more than 35 years, his family owned and operated Meadow Lands Farm from 1982 until 2002. The farm stood four stallions, breeding over 200 mares each year. He and his wife, Linnea, and have been married for 40 years, have four married sons and 8 grandchildren.

He says, “This is an important time for horse owners in Pennsylvania. I feel that my experience as a business owner as well as my years of involvement in the Standardbred industry give me insight into the issues and challenges that we will be facing in the future.”

Tim Twaddle, Treasurer

Tim Twaddle grew up near Garden City Raceway in his hometown of St. Catherines, Ontario.  Through a family connection, he met horseman Bill Carroll as a a teen and started working in the barn area on the weekends and during breaks from school, and eventually received his driver’s license in late 1983.  By the early 1990s, he became one of Canada’s top drivers, handling horses for the powerful John Burns Stable.  He drove Jugette and Breeders Crown winner Towner’s Image, as well as Breeder’s Crown winner Hardie Hanover.

In the late 1990s, he moved to The Meadows, where he was a sought-after catch-driver.  Eventually, he moved to the California circuit, but returned to The Meadows in the fall of 2006.  While his original plan was to return to catch-driving at his former track, a racing injury left him with nerve damage in his hand, which continues today.

Twaddle now trains a stable of nine, and enjoys serving his fellow horsemen as part of the MSOA Board.

He resides in Canonsburg with his wife, Sophia, and their children, Meadow, Lexi and Parker.

romanettiLori Romanetti, Secretary

Born and raised outside of Detroit, Lori has been involved in harness racing since her teens. In the early 1970s she spent summers working for Ray Romanetti and his parents here at The Meadows. When back in the Detroit area, she was an avid racing fan at Hazel Park, Windsor and the now closed DRC.

In 1989 she married Ray and once again became actively involved in harness racing in the NY/NJ area where they made their home.

A career in cardiovascular technology and diagnostic ultrasound led her to work for Hewlett-Packard, Philips and Siemens where she traveled extensively both in the US and abroad working with leading physicians on product development and then eventually moving into the medical sales arena. A transfer led the family back into the Pittsburgh area in 1997 and back to The Meadows.

Currently she owns 10 trotters which include, her favorite, Santana Bluestone. At home on their farm, broodmare care, foaling and breeding is where her heart lies and is her favorite part of the business.

At The Meadows, along with serving on the MSOA board, she is Vice President of the 2:00 Club and President of the Chaplaincy council.

Stuart Williams

Stu Williams, who has been involved with the Meadows and Standardbred racing for decades, returned to the MSOA Board in 2015.  He bought his first horses upon graduating from The Georgetown University Law Center.  Eventually, his interest led him to become one of the owners of the track along with Ed Ryan, Joe Hardy and others.  He worked with the MSOA to overturn the veto by the Pennsylvania governor of the off-track wagering bill.  Following his tenure as one of the track’s owners, he continued his affiliation with the sport by expanding his horse ownership and becoming involved as a breeder.

He is currently a partner in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini, an international law practice with emphasis in technology and life sciences. He also serves as the managing director of Sports Facility, LLC, which owns the Washington Wild Things professional baseball team and the Pennsylvania Rebellion, a professional women’s fast-pitch softball team.

Stu and his wife, Frani, own and breed horses under the stable name Shanamphilaniklou, Inc.  He has served several terms on the MSOA Board.

Bill Zendt

Bill Zendt grew up in the business, racing with his father, Wilbur.  A native of Mifflintown, PA, Bill received his license while still a student at Lycoming College in 1969.  The family raced at Northfield Park until 1977, when they made a permanent move to The Meadows.

Over the years, Bill has trained numerous stake and invitational winners.  His first top-notch horse was Meadow Trick, who later became the second dam of Cam’s Card Shark.  He also trained Natural Ability, Keystone Harrow, Racy Bid, Star Racer, Noble Ability, Steeplejack, and man of the “Cam” horses, including Breeders Crown winner Always Cam.  As a driver, he has won more than 3,000 races, reaching that plateau in 2008.

He has two sons and one daughter — and all are involved in racing.  Brian is one of The Meadows’ leading drivers and operates his own stable.  Phillip is a licensed trainer/driver who works with Bill’s stable, and Bethann is a horse owner and the wife of Meadows leading driver Dave Palone.  Bill’s wife, Leslie, is a trainer/driver as well, and is the daughter of the late Walter “Boots” Dunn, who was a USTA Director and one of the sport’s all-time leading amateur drivers with over 1,000 wins to his credit.

This is Bill’s second stint on the MSOA board, having first served for several years during the early 1980s.

John McMullen

John McMullen returned to the MSOA Board in 2014.  A native of Armagh, PA, John was in attendance on opening night at The Meadows in 1963 and raced horses during the track’s inaugural meet, along with his father, Don.  His son, John and grandson, Owen, are also active horse owners.

In the summer, the McMullen Stable is often found on the PA county fair circuit, and also races at The Meadows year-round.

 

The McMullen Stable owns mostly trotters with “County” in the name, paying tribute to the family’s travels around the state with the fair circuit.

Bill Bercury

Bill Bercury returned to the MSOA Board in 2017.  The Slippery Rock resident has been involved in harness racing for decades and in recent years has built a small but strong stable that mainly races in the Open and Preferred levels.

He and wife Renee’s horses have set several track records and won many local awards in recent seasons.

Bill’s motto has always been “harness racing is fun,” and he brings that attitude to his innovative approach to his efforts to bring new fans and new owners into the sport.

Tom Pollack

Tom Pollack joins the MSOA board for the first time in 2017. Pollack, from Venetia, Pennsylvania, first started as a fan of harness racing decades ago.  He first got involved as an owner in 2010, and currently owns parts of 70 horses.  His local horses are trained by Randy Bendis, and his stable contains a mix of yearlings and racehorses.

Outside of harness racing, Tom is the owner, president and Chief Financial Officer of CCN America, LP, a pharmaceutical company.