College Games2The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a big night of racing on Friday, March 27 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Featured were the 2nd Annual College Games, which brought 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 was $500, with $250 for second and $125 for third.

The winning team was from Washington & Jefferson College’s Kappa Kappa Gamma.

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

The top races on the evening card were four late closing series finals. First up was the 3&4YO filly and mare pace, the $28,100 Donna Dunn Memorial. The victory went to 13-1 longshot One Over Par, owned by Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables and Tangie Massey.  Kelly O’Donnell trains and Aaron Merriman drove the winner.

Race #3 of the evening was the $33,200 Ken Weaver Memorial, for 3&4YO colt and gelding trotters. Keystone Chester, owned by Murdock Racing, trained by Andy Rickert, and driven by Aaron Merriman, won as the 1-2 favorite in 1:58.

The $30,500 Walter Russell Memorial was the 4th race on the card, for 3&4YO colt and gelding pacers. Heavenly Knox, a Chicago invader that had won 5 of 6 career starts for owner Wolf Creek Farm and trainer John Zawistowski, cruised to the win for driver Eric Ledford in 1:54.1.

Race #9 was be the final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, for 3&4YO trotting fillies and mares. Wu Long, owned by Harmon Racing and Knightstalker Stable, got up in the closing strides in a snow squall in 2:00.  Dave Palone drove the winner for trainer Rob Harmon.

The MSOA congratulates all of the winners!