Miller-Tetrick Challenge Saturday at Pompano
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Pompano Park will host the Miller-Tetrick Challenge on Saturday night with both superstars—David Miller and Tim Tetrick—seeking superiority for the benefit of two worthy charitable organizations: the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.
The event, organized by the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) pits Miller, 53, a winner of over 12,000 races and $222 million in purse earnings, against Tetrick, 36, who has well over 10,000 wins and close to $190 million in purse earnings, in a team event also featuring many of the top amateur drivers in the sport.
Miller and Tetrick will serve as captains of their respective teams consisting of 21 amateur drivers in a five-race competition with the winning team awarded bragging rights with both of the aforementioned charities becoming beneficiaries of the friendly but highly competitive competition.
Miller, who will be competing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said of his upcoming Pompano Park appearance, "I just love what the Florida Amateur Driving Club is doing here. It's not only a pleasure to be participating, it is a true honor. Like the Make-A-Wish Foundation people say, ‘one moment changes everything,' and we know that our efforts will make many moments possible to change the lives of our children."
Tetrick will be in the sulky for the benefit of New Vocations, an organization that provides a "safety net" through rehabilitation, education and placement for retired racehorses.
In speaking about New Vocations, Tetrick said, "You know, our horses give their hearts and souls with every stride on the racetrack and I believe that, after they are done in that phase of their career, we should help them in their next career, whether it be as a pleasure horse or as a therapeutic horse."
In a joint statement, FADC president Dein Spriggs and treasurer Tom Eichas echoed the sentiments of both Miller and Tetrick saying, "This is what our sport needs—making it an important vehicle that can benefit worthy charities and their recipients throughout North America. I think it's great that two of our sport's best drivers have turned into two of our best philanthropists in working on behalf of our sport and its image—great horsemen they are but, even more important, even greater men."
Saturday night's card gets underway at 7:20 p.m. (Pompano Park)