Lake Worth, FL — The Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC), left without a home with the closure of Pompano Park last year, was reincarnated months ago as the United States Harness Drivers Club (USHDC). Due to the hospitality of Oak Grove Racing and Gaming, in Kentucky, the club had a very successful rebirth and now has a pair of hosts for the upcoming fall racing season.
Both Shenandoah Downs, in Woodstock, Va., and Cumberland Run, in Corbin, Ky., will feature USHDC events on a weekly basis when their respective meetings begin.
Shenandoah Downs has a seven-week meeting beginning Sept. 16 and going through Oct. 29, while Cumberland Run begins Oct. 15 and concludes Nov. 7.
USHDC treasurer Tom Eichas informs that Shenandoah Downs will card events every Saturday while Cumberland Run will feature amateur events on Sundays.
Eichas said, “The great hospitality shown at Oak Grove was absolutely wonderful. From racing secretary Kevin Mack to Cara Collins to the starting judge giving rides to guests in the starting gate and the wonderful photography capturing the history, it couldn’t have been any better.”
The USHDC donated over $10,000 to worthy charitable organizations during the meeting, vaulting their contributions to over $300,000 since their inception.
Eichas explained, “This is all possible because of the generosity of our club membership as all drivers donate 100 percent of their driving earnings in races for distribution to these causes.
“We intend to keep up our efforts during the upcoming fall meetings giving harness racing a boost through community efforts and contributions to some worthy organizations.”