Columbus, OH --- The 2013 trainer of the year, Ron Burke, will be the keynote speaker for the USTA Standardbred Driving School, held June 11-15 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Burke’s familiar grey and gold colors have been seen at every major racetrack in North America,” said driving school coordinator Chip Hastings. “We are thrilled he will be speaking to the next generation of harness racing participants and share some of his personal racing experiences.” Ron took over the main training duties for the family business in November 2008. He has horses near his hometown of Canonsburg, Pa. (near the Meadows Racetrack) and at Gaitway Farm in south New Jersey, while his father Mickey oversees the winter training of young horses at the old Reveille Farms in Astor, Fla.; all told there are about 250 horses under his care. Burke became the first trainer in harness racing history to win more than 1,000 races in any given year and also the first to surpass $20 million in earnings in one season. Lifetime, horses he has trained have earned more than $95 million, including the well-known Foiled Again, Won The West, Buck I St Pat, Wishing Stone, Sweet Lou, Rocklamation and so many more. For more information about attending the 16th annual USTA Driving School, visit www.USTADrivingSchool.com. by Jessica Schroeder for USTA
In the world of harness racing, there are a lot of popular names, whether it is horses, trainers or drivers, yet there are very few that are household names, such as Tim Tetrick. We all know about his accolades, Tim has amassed quite the resume since he began driving, but what was Tim like as a teenager? When did he start driving? “I raced in a matinee when I was 14 years, then I couldn’t race again until I was 16 at the County Fair, (Illinois). Racing for money? I was 16 years old” It is no wonder. Tim set such a dominant mark of total wins per season in the past several years. “I won my first race when I was 16; the horses’ name was Travel’N Legacy”. No one ever forgets their first. Since then Tim has been on a tear, breaking records year after year, in most wins, purse totals, youngest driver to achieve such feats, it’s endless. As with any successful athlete, if you don’t put in the time and effort, you will not see the rewards. Look at Tim’s 2007 season, what he describes as a ‘‘magical’’ season. Then 2008 season came and went and Tim was atop the leader board in numerous categories. 2009 through to 2013 Tim has remained a consistent, dominant and down to earth. For all of Tim’s success and time in the spotlight, he remains a humble person. Tim gives credit to his father for showing Tim the path to success. “My grandfather started owning horses when my dad was a kid. My dad, (Tom Tetrick), went over 1,000 wins driving and I have been fortunate to learn from him.” When fans spend time at a track where Tim is driving, they can be sure if they meet Tim, he would not hesitate to provide an autograph or two. That’s Tim’s nature, easy going, as though he’s savoring every moment of life. Being a top flight driver also has it challenges. Tim has raced at over 45 race tracks in the USA, including Mohawk which is located in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. With a grueling schedule going from one track to another, any driver would has his preference of racetrack. So I asked, what are your top five tracks, Tim’s response, “Meadowlands (NJ), Lexington (KY), Pocono (PA), Mohawk (CAN), and Harris Chester (PA).” Tim’s most memorable race to date that he has won, “The Hambletonian, it’s the premier event, the super bowl of harness racing. It’s so hard to get to, I was fortunate to get to it and win it with an underdog horse, Market Share. There were great connections involved.” Looking back at the 2012 Hambletonian, Market Share and Tetrick made the move off the rail around 5/8 mark. Coming down the lane, it appeared Market Share might not reach the finish first as the two horses on the outside were coming hard and fast, never in doubt Tim believed in his horse and kept Market Share on task and delivered the win. Trainer Linda Tuscano deserves just as much credit; her barn did a swell job keeping Market Share fit. In retrospect, what are Tim’s favorite horses he’s driven over the years and we know there have been a ton to choose from, “it would be Buck I St Pat, Captaintreacherous, and Southwind Tempo.” says Tim. Three hall of fame horses with world class resumes. Buck I St Pat earned $2,320,637 lifetime, including 10 top flight wins. Captaintreacherous earned over $2,000,000 this year as a three year old and has an extremely bright future. Southwind Tempo retired in 2010 winning $2,300,000 and winning a Dan Patch award as a three year old pacing filly. So, off the track and away from the rush of driving standardbred horses I asked Tim what he does to relax and unwind. Does he have a man cave to retreat to? Yes and no I would say. His man cave is not a basement or specially designed room, rather it is a 12 acre farm where he kicks back spending time with his family. With all of his achievements to date, after speaking with Tim, he gives the impression that quality family time is vital. “Hanging out with my family, be at home, I got a little 12 acre farm in south Jersey where I like to work on that. Just getting away from the hustle and bustle…. Taking time to relax, there is a hot tub, so I do like enjoying the hot tub.” At the farm Tim has some riding horses, and Tim also keeps his race horses there if the need time to relax, caring for the horses like family. We all build bonds, and Tim shares he has a good bond with some trainers. “Linda Tuscano, she does a great job and she is a really good friend.” Linda is the trainer of Market Share, 2012 Hambletonian winner. He also considers Tony Alagna a ‘‘really great guy’’. What is Tim looking forward to in 2014, aside from best of health and luck, (which we all wish him)? “There’s always horses that are going to surprise you and break through, looking back at 2013 and at what Father Patrick did as the top 2 year old trotting colt Jimmy Takter has (Jimmy Takter is Father Patrick’s trainer), who knows how good he can be in 2014. He has the potential to be a superstar. Well, he already is but he can be a major superstar next year. There is a good bunch of colts that have some talent… Jimmy Takter has a good barn full of dominant 2 year old colts that are going to be three. There are always some horses that don’t do much as 2 year old yet jump out when they are 3. I am really excited to see what Father Patrick can do this year. He’s probably going to be the 2014 Hambletonian favorite. He’s a really nice horse. He went undefeated this year. Father Patrick, he’s a player, he’s a superstar readying to be great. I don’t even drive him, but he is going to be cool to watch.” As for what 2014 holds for Tim, he takes it one step at a time. Not getting ahead of him, you can say pacing things out. “Hopefully I can turn out some great horses for next year, see if people want my services for the 2014 season and find a few more divisional champions like I have been lucky to do the last few years. Captaintreacherous coming back older, bigger and stronger, it can be an interesting 2014.” Tim is looking forward to travelling to Canada in 2014, “There are some really good races, the North America Cup, the Canadian Trotting Classic. I love being there.” Being as successful as Tim has been, one would think he has it all figured out, but that’s not the case at all. Tim states “I always try to learn, watch other people, I am never to proud of myself not to learn from my mistakes and other people. Anything I can do to help owners. There’s always new and good talent coming up and you need to learn as much as you can to stay active.” One piece of advice Tim offers young drivers or anyone looking to get into the game is “Don’t do anything you’re not supposed to and you will be fine.” Sounds like sound advice, as in any sport or life; if you cut corners you are not doing it right. By: Roderick Balgobin Courtesy of the Supernova Sports Club
It seems that every year harness racing horse owner, breeder and former groom, trainer and driver, Howard Taylor, is talking about what a great year it was and that he hopes next year will be just as good.
Three-time Trotting Mare of the Year Buck I St Pat, who retired in 2011, gave birth Thursday morning (Jan. 24) to her first foal, a filly by 2007 Harness Racing Horse of the Year 'Donato Hanover', co-owner Howard Taylor said.
Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor. Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor.
Buck I St Pat, three-time defending harness racing 'Trotting Mare of the Year', has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor.
On Tuesday, the harness racing connections of Buck I St Pat launched an appeal regarding the rejection of their entry for this year's Breeders Crown for Aged Trotting Mares. The appeal was denied this morning at the Toronto office of the Ontario Racing Commission.
The $164,000 Muscle Hill Open Mare trot and its counterpart, the $218,000 Credit Winner open trot lead a nine race harness racing card set to go to the post at Vernon Downs on Friday, September 2nd at 6:55 pm. San Pail, fresh off back to back victories in the Maple Leaf Trot and Nat Ray has drawn post position number two against a field of eight set to go post ward in race number eight.
Ron Burke believes less is more when it comes to Buck I St Pat. So after watching the 8-year-old trotting mare knock heads with the harness racing boys through the early part of this season, the trainer plans to point Buck I St Pat toward stakes races against the ladies the rest of the way.
Older female trotter Buck I St Pat will try to upend the harness racing boys -- again -- in Sunday's (June 12) $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Chester. Buck I St Pat won last year' race and is going for her third trophy in the four-year history of the event. She will start from post four with driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke.
Enough Talk and Buck I St Pat, the 2010 Dan Patch Award winners for best harness racing older male and female trotters, headline the field for the $220,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters on May 14 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Ten horses were entered, so eliminations this weekend were unnecessary.
When it comes to training and conditioning standardbreds Ron Burke is the Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi and Tiger Woods equivalent in harness racing. Burke's not a giant in the sport he's a colossus.
Many harness racing trainers go through their entire careers without ever harnessing a Dan Patch Award victor, but for the second consecutive year, Ron Burke has been blessed with Buck I St Pat and Won The West.
For the second time, Buck I St Pat 7,1:51 ($2,117,087) has been crowned Ohio Horse of the Year, an accolade she won for the first time in 2008. As well, for the third straight year the Buckeye State's finest daughter has also been named the Ohio Older Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Mare Trotter of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association.
A pair of Allerage Farms races for older trotters were among the featured races on Saturday (Oct. 23) at The Red Mile. The $143,600 race for harness racing open trotters was captured by Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller in a time of 1:51.1.
Breeders Crown champs fared well in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 Harness Racing Poll. Rock N Roll Heaven solidified his hold on the No. 1 spot thanks to his victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. He garnered all but one first-place vote.