The Florida Amateur Drivers Club (FADC) participated in the FSBOA-Florida USHWA annual gala recently with awards to their fully licensed trainers and drivers who give up the customary 5% driving fees as part of the Club's membership charter. This has made it possible for the FADC to donate almost $125,000 to date to charitable equine causes in South Florida.
“It takes the cooperation of so many to make this all possible,” said Jamie Marra, FADC President, “and these well deserved awards are just a small token of our appreciation.”The top trainers for the FADC—those who have entered horses in the FADC events—were Don Brainard, Jim Langley, Betty Jean Calice and Marc Majo. Major took down the top spot in the trainer standings with veteran performer Doc's All Class among the charges he has entered for weekly competition in FADC races.
The top trio of drivers were Dein Spriggs (3rd), Joe Pennacchio (2nd) and JamieMarra,who took the crown as FADC Driver of the Year on the strength of 10 wins in 28 trips to the gate.
Other highlights included special awards to Luanna Beeson, who recorded her first lifetime driving win at age 49 in the Valentine's program Sweetheart Trot, and to 30 year old Tom Santeramo who was recognized as the Club’s “Rising Star" on the strength of 5 wins in his first 8 lifetime drives.Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing. Handicapping selections by Hall Of Famer John Berry along with the replays archive and much more is available for free in the 'racing' tab at www.theislepompanopark.com.