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Goshen, NY -- The Florida Amateur Driving Association designated April 14 at Pompano Park as the Harness Horse Hall of Fame and Museum night by donating $2,000 to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in the “Cradle of the Trotter” Goshen, NY. On hand in South Florida to receive the “big check” presentation from the amateur drivers club and Pompano’s John Berry was Museum president Larry DeVan and trustee David McDuffee. During the special race card, four divisions were held with two each won by veteran amateur driver and former USHWA and Harness Racing Museum Amateur Driver of the year, Dein Spriggs and successful newcomer reinsman, Roy Dinges. In fact, Dein Spriggs won the first two races on the card, taking the Daily Double with his own Security Guard in the first, a Prayer I Am 5-year-old who posted a :28.2 final quarter off a two-hole trip, winning the mile in 1:57.3f.  The second race featured a gate-to-wire, nose victory by Fire In My Heart, which completed a $36.80 daily double payout. The following two Florida Amateur events were carded as races five and six, which were both won by Roy Dinges.  The first was captured by the heavy favorite Thundercrest who went to the top and never looked back.  The second saw Power And Faith overcome post 6 while being parked to the quarter in :28.2, to cruise home in 1:58.3f for Dinges. These races are part of the Amateur Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame series created by Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs to raise money and awareness for the Museum.  The series continues on Hambletonian weekend at the Meadowlands, then moves to upstate New York at Goshen Historic Track during Grand Circuit week.  The schedule then continues on to Lexington’s famed Red Mile, with a grand finale at the Delaware (OH) County Fair on Little Brown Jug day for the final.   Chris Tully

Pompano Beach, FL...April 15, 2019...Casimir Richie P, made his 2019 harness racing debut a successful one at Pompano Park on Sunday night, April 14, as four year-old son of Astronomical got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to score in 1:51.2 in the $13,000 Open Pace. His winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting American Hustle, driven by Bryce Fenn, who sliced through panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.4 before being out-kicked in the final yards by Casimir Richie P, was in the garden seat all with away after zooming off the wings at the start before yielding around the opening bend. Cenutry Endeaver, with Cory Braden, in the bike, was next, after closing quickest of all--:27.1--once they straightened away for the drive home. Caviart Reagan and Prairie Panther picked up the final two awards in the classy sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Doc (Ian) Moore said he's trained really well coming up to this race, qualified superbly and is ready to be driven aggressively, even though it's his first start." "This wasn't a case of Bryce's horse quitting--he was very game--it was just that we had the trip and squeaked on by " Dr. Moore co-owns the winner along with Michael Goldberg with the win inflating his career earnings to $118,191 with the victory. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Casimir Richie P paid $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. In other action, Rebellious, known for his ability to turn on the afterburners at the end of his miles, did so in a five-eighths mile "Dash for the Cash" event, scoring for Jim Meittinis in 1:08.1 after a brave first over journey. This five year-old altered son of Mach Three wore down the favored Four Socks (Hennessey) after fractions of :27.2 and :55.2, pacing his final eighth mile in :12.3 (a 1:40.4 mile rate) to earn the one length victory. Beach Pro (Aaron Byron) finished third over Panocchio and Dinky Dune in the quintet. Rebellious is trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, and earned his second win of the semester in eight starts to send his 2019 bankroll to $18,600. Lifetime, Rebellious has earnings of $173,441. Off as the second choice at 5 to 2, Rebellious paid $7.00 to win. In an oddity of sorts, driver Roy Dinges had a driving double on the card with his first winner, Thundercrest, off at odds of 1 to 10 and his next winner, Power and Faith, off at 10 to 1. Dinges drove the heavily favored Thundercrest ($2.20) to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:59, scoring over Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) and Kegler Hanover (Leon Cable) to earn his third win of the year in 16 starts. Power And Faith ($22.60) went a courageous journey in scoring for Roy in 1:58.3, after fighting back the challenge of Smart Flight (Steve Oldford) around the final turn and Stardust Memories (Leon Cable) in deep stretch to earn thnod over the latter. Smart Flight did manage to finish third. Power And Faith is trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard. Both events were part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club festivities featuring four events. Security Guard ($11.60) and Fire In My Heart ($2.60) won the other two divisions--both driven by Dein Spriggs, who swept the early Daily Double ($36.80). The F.A.D.C. capped off the festivities when donations to "Go For The Green," an organization empowered by women in their quest to fight breast cancer, and The Hall of Fame and Museum in Goshen, New York. The club has donated well over $200,000 to worthy causes since their inception. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover bursting through the $100,000 barrier--$101,403.12--to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Woodstock, Virginia-- The final day of the Shenandoah County Fair harness races were the most exciting races as they normally are on the final day of racing. Betsy Brown proved the hometown favorites were still a force to be reckoned with, while driver Billy Carter cruised to a driving title.   During the week Carter won 13 races leaving everyone else in the wake of his wrath. He drove all week for trainer Leon Harris and picked up at least 3 wins a day to secure the driving title. On the final day of racing Carter won 5 races and made most of them look easy.   2 of Carter's wins came aboard Prince of Badlands (Badlands Hanover-Nordic Princess), who defeated the champion Tarver Hanover just a couple days prior. In both heats Prince of Badlands set back off some very hot early contested fractions set by Mr. Express (Roy Dinges). When Prince made his move he just glided to victory without looking back.   In other action at the fair Xiao Wang narrowly defeated Sun Chimes in the final strides of heat number 1 (Race 4) in 2:07 3/5. Sun Chimes had the lead and just could not hold off a fast charging Xiao Wang. In the 2nd of the heats (Race 10) Sun Chimes got his revenge going right to the lead for trainer/driver Betsy Brown and really dug in at the top of the stretch. Xiao Wang (Billy Carter) was trying his best to get to him (Sun Chimes) at the line, but just couldn't get there in 2:05 3/5.   Terry Kibler, president of the Shenandoah County Fair said "I was very pleased with the racing this year." He (Kibler) went on to say "It's always a ton of fun to listen to the crowd when the field turns for home and the roar from the crowd is just exhilarating."   Racing comes back to the Shenandoah oval in May for the Wine and Trotter festival for its 3rd season. When that date is released it will be given out, until then racing continues during the fair next year which is typically held the last week in August.   By Michael Carter, for the Shenandoah County Fair    

Roy Dinges isn't one to hold grudges. If he was there might be a bucking bull or three out there in the USA that might have copped a punch in the head. But the former rodeo rider also has no gripes with harness racing officials despite being banned from training in 2009.

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