The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will be featuring a new event, a Night Of Champions, at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday, Jan. 31. Post time for the card will be 6:55 p.m., marking the first evening card of the 2014 season.
"Hosting” the event will be a true champion, multi-millionaire Foiled Again. The star pacer will not only be available for a "meet and greet” in the winner's circle at 6:30 p.m., but several lucky fans will receive the chance of a lifetime – to ride around the track behind Foiled Again.
Fans hoping to get a jog cart ride from Foiled Again will need to arrive early as names will be drawn at 6:45, ten minutes prior to the first race of the night. The owners of Foiled Again will also be giving away free hats, and New Vocations Standardbred Adoption agency will be offering "We Can't All Be Foiled Again” T-shirts to commemorate the evening.
Horses that earned MSOA Horse of the Year awards for their age and gait will also be honored throughout the night with presentations in the winner's circle between races. Twilight Bonfire, owned by Bob Key, will be honored as the MSOA's 2013 Horse of the Year. Twilight Bonfire was trained throughout much of 2013 by Danny Collins, and is wintering in the local barn of Rich Gillock.
Each divisional award winner from last season will have a race named in their honor and owners of those horses are invited to a special gathering in Delvin's banquet room in the Racebook area.
Fans will also have an opportunity to share in the success of harness racing's top training outfit, the Ron Burke Stable, which won a record 1,090 races in 2013. Fans can turn their losing tickets into a big payday on Night of Champions as they enter a Second Chance Drawing which will have a $2,180 prize…$2 for every race that the Burke Stable won. The cash prize is sponsored by Burke Racing LLC, the MSOA, and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
The MSOA's prize wheel will also be back that night, giving fans a chance to "Spin To Win” various items, and free hot dogs will also be given away.
The Jan. 31 Night of Champions program is the lone night card during the month. From January through March, the track will host live racing on the final Friday of the month, post time 6:55. (Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)