Driver Trace Tetrick will become the youngest reinsman to drive in the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Saturday, April 28 at Hoosier Park. He has been called upon to drive Make It Brief for trainer Robin Schadt and Odds On Racing.
“It’s a really great honour to be in the Dan Patch this year,” said Tetrick.
“To be in this type of field with these great horses is an honor, also. We will just have to wait and see how things work out. I haven’t taken a look at the program yet, so I don’t know what to expect.”
Tetrick knocks fellow driver Ryan Anderson out of the youngest driver category by a total of three months. Anderson, born June 21, 1980, droveto a second place finish in the Dan Patch in 2001. Tetrick, who was born Sept. 29, 1986, will be driving in probably his biggest career race to date.
“I didn’t know that I was going to be the youngest person to drive in the Dan Patch,” said Tetrick. “Ryan (Anderson) and I are really good friends. We raced against each other in Chicago.”
Make It Brief will start from post position nine right next to 2006 Breeders’ Crown championin post eight. Make It Brief has been a top Free For All pacer this year at Balmoral Park in Chicago.
Make It Brief is two for 11 this season. Anderson drove the seven-year-old to his last victory April 14. Tetrick also piloted Make It Brief to a win against the same class earlier this year at Balmoral
“He (Make It Brief) raced really well when I drove him in Chicago,” said Tetrick. “My brother (Tim) had a lot of success when he drove for Robin (Schadt). She asked me to drive him.”
Tetrick is the youngest of three brothers in harness racing. He follows older brothers Tom (T.) and Tim into the sport. His father, Tom D., also trains and drives from their home base in Geff, Ill. Tetrick’s mother, Mary Alice, is also active in harness racing, working in the barn and also assisting as clerk for several fairs on the southern Illinois circuit.
By Ryan Hubbard