Day At The Track

Tom T. - the oldest of the 3 Tetrick brothers

10:00 AM 08 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Tom Tetrick - His best season last year when he trained 41 winners
Tom Tetrick in full flight
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Tom Tetrick - Has driven 307 winners to date
Tom Tetrick - Since 1998 he has trained 267 winners
Tom Tetrick - Won just under $1 million in purses to date
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The Tetrick family of Illinois would be one of the most famous harness racing families in all of America. First there was Thomas Harold who had a son named Tom D. Tetrick. Then Tom D. had three sons - Tom T. (33), Tim (29) and Trace (25). Harnesslink has written numerous stories on Tim (6,675 wins and $105-plus million) and Trace (1,771 wins and $14.4 million).

Now it’s the turn of Tom Jr – the man trains 25 horses with his father at Geff in Illinois.

“Although I’ve driven 307 winners I still see myself more of as a trainer. We run a family business here in Geffand have always had our own family training facility and training track.

“It’s the way it’s always been since day one. I’ve been around horses all my life. I drive the odd one or two but a lot of pour horses are sent out east to Tim or to Windsor where Trace is,” Tetrick told Harnesslink.

A lot of Tetrick’s team race at Balmoral Park and Indiana Downs. Since 1998 he has trained 267 winners and won just under $1 million in purses.

“I had my best season last year when I trained 41 winners and won just over $177,000. But it’s not about me. I stress this is a family business and I train some of dad’s and vice versa.

“We are very strong on family,”Tetrick stressed.

He believed that was one of the reasons his brother Tim had developed into one of the USA’s greatest horsemen.

“Tim had a very good foundation and started driving Dad’s horses at fairs in Ohio. Horses always respected Tim and went for him from the very get-go. He has been blessed.

“But so have Trace and I. Dad has certainly been the biggest influence on my career and I’m sure it’s the same for my brothers too.

“We have always worked on the familyfarm and Dad and my grandfather originally started out training ponies. Our love of harness racing has grown from there,” Tetrick said.

Tom Tetrick Sr has driven 1,255 winners (just over $3 million) since 1977 and trained 543 more ($1.8 million) since1992.

“We’ve all had our fair share of success in the sulky but everything we learnt came from Dad,” Tetrick said.

Tetrick studied at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana– 45 minutes north-west of Indianapolis. He studied for a Bachelors and Associate Degree in Science. He never finished the former but earned a degree in the latter.

“Even through College I was training and driving racehorses. It’s all I’ve ever done. Even when I got my degree I knew that I wanted to be a horseman. I had no option really – I got the bug early and became hooked,” Tetrick said.

Tetrick is not married but is in arelationship with Amanda Shelton. They have a 5-year-old daughter named Tegan.

Tetrick rated the lightly raced Mcardle 2-year-old pacing filly, McSauna as one of the most promising pacers he had trained.

“She won two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races and has gone 1:52 and change. Dad and I have trained a lot of good horses over the years but this filly sticks out.

“I qualified her at Duquoin and Hoosier Park in June and July and she’s now won three of her starts and also placed five times for just under $100,000.”

So what has been the biggest win of Tetrick’s career so far?

“I won a Sires Stakes Final in Minnesota with her and she also broke a couple of tracks records. That’s the biggest winner I’ve had and hopefully that big one is still to come.

“If you want really big wins then that’s Tim’s area,” Tetrick said.

So what are Tetrick’s ambitions?

“To be successful and win a lot of big races. I’m only 33 so I’ve got plenty of time. I’m also realistic about it and that’s why I’m keen to do the best with the stock we’ve got to work with.”

Away from harness racing Tetrick said his other favorite past-time was deer hunting.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

(1) Tom Tetrick Sr and Jr speaking at Du Quoin:

(2) When Tom Tetrick isn’t working he loves to go deer hunting:

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