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USA in "photo finish" win over Italy

05:00 AM 11 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Ron Cusimano was awarded the MVP trophy in the Italian-American Amateur competition at Pompano Park on Monday night from Joe Pennacchio.
Dee Leftwich photo

Pompano Beach, FL...December 10, 2019...In a "see-saw" finish right to the wire, the USA Amateur team eked out a narrow harness racing victory over the visiting Italian team at Pompano Park on Monday night in the annual friendship series between the two countries.

The final tally was 100 to 86 with Ron Cusimano reaching the winners circle with Everyone' Talkin to give the USA the narrow win.

With USA taking a 53-40 edge on opening night, the Italian visitors struck first on Monday night when Italy's Daniele Orsini gave a "heads-up" drive to Kelly Walkers' Stables Thisisshe, pushing the Italians into the point lead with one race to go. Thisisshe completed her one mile journey in 1:57.4.

In the finale, Cusimano sent Everyone's Talkin, who he co-owns, right to the front from his mid-pack post and proceeded to wire his foes in 1:55.4. The Jake Huff trainee carded panels of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26 along the way to earn his 25th career win.

Both winning drivers were gracious in he winners circle with Cusimano applauding his main rival for the "fantastic drive" he gave to Thisisshe an Orsini thanking Dein Spriggs and Joe Pennacchio for their "grand hospitality" during their stay.

Spriggs added, "This is what our sport can do for the community and beyond in the form of promoting our industry and, at the same time, be of benefit for so many worthwhile charitable organizations."

The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $200,000 to charities benefiting everything from Make-A-Wish and Animal Rescue Organizations to finding a cure or cancer.

Racing continues Tuesday with a Pick-6 carryover and a blossoming Super Hi-5 jackpot of $4,731.

Post time is et for 7:20 p.m.

by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club








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