Team Tetrick edges Team Miller in Pro-Am battle
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The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.
Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three-race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win.
Oldford's Mego Moss took the opening leg of the competition, giving his 11 year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall a picture perfect drive, zipping his warrior out of the cozy pocket with five-sixteenths remaining and on to an insurmountable lead before coasting to the wire in 1:57, a seasonal best.
It was the 36th career win for Mego Moss, who has banked $409,482 during his career of 205 starts. UKnow What To Do, with Jmaes Dunn in his sulky, was next, followed by High Blue, driven by Captain David Miller.
Mego Moss paid $17.60 to his faithful.
About 22 minutes later, RonCusimano sent Everyone's Talkin off the wings in a hurry and scored a wire-to-wore win in 1:57.1, carving out panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.3 along the way.
Santini (Oldford) was next followed by the Jamie Marra driven Glide in The Wind.
Cusimano co-owns this Jake Huff trainee with the consortium of Angelillo, Tanzer and Sirianos.
The 9-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover won for the 28th time in his career, sending his bounty to $285,918.
As the even-money chalk, Everyone's Talkin paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers.
With but one point separating the two teams going into the finale, Oldford took care of business, again driving one of his own, Smart Flight, on a wire-to-wire mission landing him a scant head up at the wire in 1:58.1.
War Cry Hall was second for Leon Cable while Skyway Jaguar, driven by Ron Cusimano, was a fasts closing third.
As second choice on the board, Smart Flight paid $8.20 to win.
After the "Official" sign was posted, the festivities continued in the winner's circle as Tetrick and Miller were in the winner's circle to present $4,000 checks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.
Said Oldford in the winner's circle, "David and Timmy have been so valuable in making his a yearly tradition and, in doing so, this shows what harness racing can do for the community and far beyond."
MIller explained that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very close to his heart and said, "it's really wonderful that this wonderful organization can fulfill the dreams of children in need. It's a wonderful feeling that our sport can have such a positive influence in our society today!"
Tetrick, similarly, sung the praises of New Vocations, which as helped thousands of horses find new homes after their racing careers are over. He lamented, "A good example of their wonderful work hits right here as Hurricane Howard and Just Like Lloyd, both that have raced here at Pompano Park, have found new homes after their career in racing."
The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated well over $200,000 to charitable causes since their inception--over $50,000 over the past five years alone.
As Spriggs said, "This is only possible due to the generosity of our members who donated all of their earnings from driving so we can have a positive impact in our society through our grand sport!" (Pompano Park)