Day At The Track

Tetrick returning to defend titles

04:46 PM 26 Mar 2008 NZDT
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Tim Tetrick
Tim Tetrick - I really enjoy racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Tim Tetrick, harness racing’s newest and youngest super star, will once again be campaigning at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He’ll miss the first week or so of the 2008 season that opens Tuesday, April 1, but is planning on racing here three of the four racing days each week.

It’s the same schedule he had in 2007 when he finished as the top driver in wins and percentage at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Tetrick will be racing at Chester Downs Monday afternoons while also campaigning evenings at the Meadowlands and Dover Downs.

“I really enjoy racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,” offered Tetrick, who shattered the previous mark of Walter Case, Jr., when the former collected an amazing 1,188 wins in 2008 and a single-year record $18,341,732 in purses.

“There are a lot of good people at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The track crew does a great job with the racing surface, “And it doesn’t hurt when you have plenty of ‘live work.’ I’m really looking forward to coming to Pocono.“

Many of Tetrick’s wins at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack came with horses trained by Carmine Fusco, who broke the track mark for a trainer with 177.

At Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Tetrick registered 180 wins, 103 second-place finishes and 103 third-place finishes for a Universal Driving Rating of .443 with $1,625,600 in earnings.

“It was really a dream year for me in 2007,” said the 26-year-old Tetrick. “Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I would win more than 1,000 races in a year and more than $18 million in purses. You couldn’t write that kind of script.

“As for 2008 I would like to continue to win a lot of races and earn $12 - to - $13 million in purses. I’ve already missed a lot of time in 2008 because of a vacation and being honored on the banquet circuit in addition to several days suspension at the Meadowlands.”

Those Meadowlands’ suspensions were for being off the gate with a horse and interference during a race.

Tony (Morgan) has been letting me know in a teasing manner that I’m not the leading driver at Dover Downs and that I won’t be catching him in 2008,” offered Tettrick.

But through March 25 a majority of the horsemen in North America would take Tetrick’s start with 166 wins, 114 second-place finishes and 114 third-place finishes and more than $2,4 million in earnings.

When Tetrick returns to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs he’ll be driving a new Cadillac that he treated himself to following that record-breaking year.

John Zimich

ublicity Director

ohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

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