Hope I don’t lose the horseshoe

08:04 PM 19 Sep 2007 NZST
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Looks can be deceiving when it comes to the 2007 leading harness driver in North America and at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. For Tim A. Tetrick, the sport’s new boy wonder, looks like a 16-year-old Boy Scout.

But the 25-year-old sensation is a man on a mission on the racetrack. That’s why he’ll threaten or break the all-time single season mark of 1,077 wins in a single season. Walter Case Jr. currently holds that record.

Through September 18, Tetrick had piled up 867 wins with 3,312 starts this year. He also is well on his way to win the money-earned crown in 2007 with $13,079,669 already accumulated. This year, he became the youngest harness driver to win a $1 million race. He has won two of them.

“I Like to win more than anyone,” said Tetrick, who is the leading driver at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with 136 wins on only 443 drives for a Universal Driving Rating System of .457.

“Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has a great racing surface that is pretty fast. I’m also lucky to have the opportunity of driving for Carmine (Fusco), the meet’s leading trainer who has more wins than me there. It’s been a very hectic year for me and I don’t for see myself attempting to have this schedule year in and year out.”

When Tetrick isn’t competing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs a couple days a week, he can be found at Chester Downs, Pennsylvania’s newest racetrack that opened in 2006 and Dover Downs on a regular basis.

“Pennsylvania is the place to be right now because of the casinos at the racetracks,” said Tetrick, who is a native of the Midwest. “I just love racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Chester Downs. Especially at Chester Downs since it’s close to my home in New Jersey.

“The racing has been great in Pennsylvania and you only have to beat seven or eight horses. That’s not the case at the Meadowlands when you have fields of nine and 10 horses.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to drive at Mohegan Sun at Pocono until season’s end but I know my schedule is going to be a little tight. We’ll see.”

Since he drove his first horse at the age of five, Tetrick has always dreamed of becoming a top harness driver such as his idols John Campbell, Dave Magee and Tony Morgan.

Tetrick comes from a harness racing family and has been around the sport his entire life. He began his career with 20 drives on the Illinois Fair Circuit in 1998.

“One has to have a little luck in the sport of catch-driving,” said Tetrick. “You also have to drive good horses and be smart on the track. Being in the right spot at the right time. This year has been like a dream. I just hope I don’t lose the horseshoe.”

John Zimich

ublicity Director

ohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

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