What does two Florida State Senators, a professional car race driver and a Television Sports Director all have in common? And no, this is not a bad joke!
All four of these professionals will be casting aside their normal vocations and become harness horse drivers on Saturday, September 13 at the inaugural Sunshine Stakes at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village off Route 441/SR7 in Delray Beach, Florida.
State Senators Joseph Abruzzo (D) Palm Beach and Marie Sachs (D) Palm Beach/Broward counties, local professional car race driver Tristan Nunez and Palm Beach TV 12’s Sports Director, Matt Lincoln, will all compete in a one mile harness horse race as part of the festivities at Sunshine Meadows. Nunez will also be bringing his Mazda Prototype Lites racecar that will be on display.
In addition to the celebrity race, there will be more than $50,000 in stakes races held at the training facility on September 13 and 20th. The races are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and are for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers.
There will be a free country fair atmosphere at Sunshine Meadows. Everyone is invited to come out and bring your lawn chairs (there is only grass seating). First race post time is 11:00 am. Rain date is the next day (Sunday).
There will be free admission and parking, food trucks, vendor booths (free for 501C3 charities), arts and crafts, equine displays, pony rides and a children’s fun zone.
“We wanted to show our community what a great facility we have,” said Brandon Mills, general manager at Sunshine Meadows. “And what better way than a real country fair with horse racing, displays, children’s events and now a great local celebrity race. People don’t know that we have nearly 200 acres hidden away here right off route 441 that is home to more than 600 harness racing and equestrian horses, many of whom are world champions. I hope that everyone will come out and have some fun.”