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Seven heats of the harness racing World Driving Championship were run in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia.  The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 metres in circumference. Tonight the track was the venue of the Dexter Dunn show, as the leading New Zealand reinsman roared back into Championship contention with a dominant display winning the first three heats. Dexter Dunn’s patience was rewarded in heat six as he sat midfield and watched his rivals tire in the late stages.  Dexter Dunn made his move on Miss Ponder a 50/1 chance in the final lap and she was able to hold off a late challenge from France’s Pierre Vercruysse driving Rob The Bank and  Knud Monster behind G K Galleon.  Mika Forss continued his point accumulation with a fourth driving Chloes Venture. The seventh heat saw Dexter Dunn victorious driving The Baggy Green, in what many New Zealanders would see as an ironic win.  New Zealand and Australia are fierce enemies on the cricket field and ‘The Baggy Green’ is the name given to the hat worn by Australian cricketers.  Frenchman Pierre Vercruysse secured another second placing when he brought Holy Camp Girl with a late run.  Knud Monster completed the same driver trifecta as the first heat when Itsallaboutex ran third.  Norway’s Vidar Hop finished fourth on Sokys Bigbullet. It was three in a row when Dexter Dunn shot Shes A Jackson straight to the front from barrier one in the eighth heat of the Championship.  USA driver Tim Tetrick attempted to put some midrace pressure on the leader but it was to no avail as Dexter Dunn raced away for another win.  The good night continued for France with Tony Le Beller finishing second on Hezbuyindiamonds.  Australia’s Chris Alford saved plenty of ground on Ruato Bay and grabbed third while Denmark’s Knud Monster was fourth. The ninth heat was somewhat of an upset with Canadian Jody Jamieson lifting 20/1 Justasdangerous over the line after being clearly headed on the turn.  Jody Jamieson took up the early lead but was passed in the back straight by Chris Alford and Billy Branach with more than 400 metres to go.  To his credit Jody Jamieson refused to panic and urged his horse late to hold off Classiemahon driven by Finland’s Mika Forss.  Tony Le Beller finished third behind Samuel Thomas while Chris Alford and Billy Branach held onto fourth. The tenth heat saw ‘The Bionic Man’ Tim Tetrick at his best with the American driving Weliveinhope straight to the front.  Tim Tetrick dictated the speed through the middle stages and was able to kick away turning for home and won as he liked.  Dexter Dunn brought Mcqueen Regal with a well timed run for second boosting him further up the leaderboard while Mika Forss finished third on Claire Elizabeth after racing behind the leader.  Fourth in the race was Vidar Hop driving Lettucesomewhere. Tim Tetrick made it two in a row when he brought Glenburn Addy with a well timed run to win the eleventh heat.  Dexter Dunn continued to bank points when he finished second on Expensive Greeting.  It was a patient drive and he only got clear late but was never a winning threat.  Knud Monster finished third behind Holy Camp Wendy with Tony Le Beller fourth, driving Itsallaboutlu. Tony Le Beller brought up his second win of the Championship in the final heat of the night.  Tony Le Beller took Harlequin Bromac straight to the front and despite being challenged late by Dexter Dunn and Fake Art, he was able to hold on.  Dexter Dunn’s effort to finish second saw the New Zealander move to the top of the Championship after starting the evening in ninth position.  Vidar Hop finished third driving Lettuceplayginger while Pierre Vercryusse ensured the French finished on a good note running fourth with Annies Desire.   Name Point Score After 12 Heats Dexter Dunn 111 Tim Tetrick 97 Tony Le Beller 91 Mika Forss 89 Chris Alford 85 Knud Monster 69 Jody Jamieson 64 Vidar Hop 64 Pierre Vercryusse 63 Guillermo Adrover 59 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Tim Tetrick and travelling reserve Peter McMullen both picked up catch drives in the non Championship races finished third. The drivers will spend tonight in Wagga Wagga before travelling to Bathurst tomorrow for another four heats.  Bathurst is 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Sunday 22nd February 2015 - Three more heats in the 2015 World Driving Championship were run this evening at Newcastle, a large city 160 kilometres north of Sydney.  Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world but tonight all of the attention focused on the ten international harness racing drivers competing at the Newcastle Paceway.  The track itself is 940 metres in circumference. Australia’s Chris Alford started the night in second position after a strong showing in heats one and two, and after a victory in the third heat he assumed top spot on the Championship leaderboard.  Driving Better Than Max, Alford won narrowly, arriving just in time to grab USA star Tim Tetrick and Kardashiancrusader.  Denmark’s Knud Monster finished third on Shez Juslika while Finland’s Mika Forss picked up some important Championship points when he finished fourth on Son Of A Star. Better Than Max Day 3 heat 3 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Heat four was won by Frenchman Tony Le Beller driving The Merchant Banker.  Starting from barrier one, Le Beller pushed The Merchant Banker out early and held the lead despite being pressured by Red Raphael driven by Tim Tetrick.  Le Beller kicked away turning and won comfortably, second was Gee Tee Wage driven by Chris Alford while Norway’s Vidar Hop finished third driving The Puritan.  Spain’s Guillermo Adrover saved plenty of ground and finished fourth with Strawberry Courage. The Merchant Banker Day 3 heat 4 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. The fifth heat saw an aggressive drive from Finland’s Mika Forss as he pushed his horse Satu to the lead early despite drawing wide on the track.  After finding the front Forss rated Satu perfectly and was able to sneak away turning for home and held a margin to the finish line with Vidar Hop second on Heza Panamach.  Tim Tetrick finished third with Hangover Joe while Tony Le Beller was fourth on Rollon Baby Belle. Satu Day 3 heat 5 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo.   Name Point Score After 5 Heats Chris Alford 52 Tim Tetrick 47 Mika Forss 43 Tony Le Beller 33 Guillermo Adrover 32 Vidar Hop 30 Jody Jamieson 29 Knud Monster 28 Dexter Dunn 19 Pierre Vercryusse 17 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Day 2 WDC 2015 from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Canada’s Jody Jamieson won the first race at Newcastle tonight.  The race was not part of the World Driving Championship however he produced a great drive to score on Saint Stormy. The Championship will have a rest day on Monday and will then head to Wagga Wagga on Tuesday for another seven heats.  Wagga Wagga is 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Two sensational heats of The World Driving Championship have been conducted tonight at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  In heat one is was a battle of the harness racing drivers more attuned to driving pacers with Tim Tetrick getting the maximum points from Chris Alford and Jody Jamieson. In heat two the Europeans came to the fore with Finn Mika Forss taking the full points with a well judged drive from Spaniard Guillermo Adrover with Australia's Chris Alford finishing in fourth place for a consistent start to the series. Points after the first two heats are: Tim Tetrick 21 Chris Alford 19 Mika Forss 18 Guillermo Adrover 17 Jody Jamieson 16 Dexter Dunn 12 Knud Monster 10 Vidar Hop 8 Tony Le Beller 7 Pierre Vercryusse 4 Harness Racing Australia

DOVER, Del.--- After dominating the Tuesday harness racing card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday, Feb. 18 , making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs. Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in-a-row on the front end before a third last start, took a 2-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory, It was Callahan's fifth of eight wins during the chilly night. It came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over feature trot. After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell's hard-hitting four-year-old daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot to victory. It was her ninth career win in 25 starts with seven seconds and three thirds banking $63,315 in purses. Everyone's Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish breaking a two-win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third. In the $11,5000 sub-feature trot, while Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch, for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts). Calllahan's eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins, for a meet total of 101 wins. A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2. Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, third-place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 wins. Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives. Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, meets Bandolito, Nova Artist and Believe This Bob, among nine starters in the $26,000 Delaware Special headliner on Thursday, Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad      

Tim Tetrick has long been one of North America's top harness racing drivers. Now he is ready to take on the world. A native of Illinois who now lives in southern New Jersey, Tetrick will represent the U.S. in the World Driving Championship in Australia. The competition, which brings together 10 drivers from around the world for a 20-race series at six different tracks, begins Saturday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales. The 33-year-old Tetrick, a four-time U.S. Driver of the Year who has led North America in purses seven of the last eight years, is making his first appearance in the World Driving Championship. "It's a great honor to be able to represent the United States and hopefully I can win it and make America proud," Tetrick said. "I love competing at a very high level and this is on the international scene. I'm just going to go into it and try to have a good time and enjoy myself and do what I love to do, which is race horses." The World Driving Championship, introduced in 1970, is now conducted every two years. France's Pierre Vercruysse won the 2013 edition, held in his home country, and will defend his title in Australia. Also part of this year's field is Canada's Jody Jamieson, a two-time WDC champion. Past U.S. champs are Joe Marsh Jr. (1974), Ron Pierce (1989) and Dave Magee (1995). "Timmy, good luck over there," Pierce said in a video message to Tetrick. "I hope you get on the right horses and put it on them boys. You know you're better than them. "You're driving for all of us, so we're all rooting for you." Drivers already have received their post positions for the World Driving Championship's 20 races and will drive whichever horse randomly draws the matching starting spot. Tetrick will drive the post No. 10 horse in the opening heat. All drivers will start twice from each of the 10 posts. "Hopefully they give me the best horses," Tetrick said with a laugh. "I'm going to study it the best I can, work with what horses they give me to drive, and hopefully I don't embarrass myself too badly. There are a lot of different (driving) styles. We're all kind of in the same boat, but hopefully I get some good luck with the draws." Learning to compete against various driving styles will be among Tetrick's most difficult challenges. "It was a completely different style of racing than what I was used to," said David Miller, who represented the U.S. in 1999 and finished fifth. "It took me a while (to adjust). We raced at five or six different racetracks and they were action packed. "I think (Tim) could probably watch tapes of races, maybe study the horses. I would just tell him to have fun. Go over there, go all out, and try to win the whole thing. He's a great driver, but you've got to get the horses and you've got to have luck." Andy Miller, who represented the U.S. in 2005 and 2007, with a best finish of fourth, said having a good time is important. "The camaraderie and meeting new people are great memories," Miller said. "I would tell him to have a great time and meet everybody you can and take everything in that you can. It's something you don't get to do very often, so enjoy it. If you're having fun, the wins will come and you'll do better." Tetrick, who in his career has won more than 8,500 races - including the Hambletonian Stakes and 14 Breeders Crowns, is one of five drivers making his first trip to the World Driving Championship. The others are Spain's Guillermo Adrover, Denmark's Knud Monster, France's Tony LeBeller, and Norway's Vidar Hop. Rounding out the field are Australia's Chris Alford, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, and Finland's Mika Forss. "I definitely want to win," Tetrick said. "But I'm looking forward to visiting the country and seeing what it's like. I'm familiar with a few of (the other drivers). I'm looking forward to hanging out with them and getting to know them, and hopefully coming out with more friends." Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications

North America's leading harness racing driver Tim Tetrick conducted the first of two public meetings in New Zealand at Alexandra Park last night and for those lucky enough to be present it was a night to remember. Tim covered a lot of topics and gave the audience an insight to how he got to where he is today. Tim started driving at a very early age. "I drove my first horse when I was just three or four." " My dad was a trainer and we helped out from an early age." " I can remember coming home from school in the fifth grade and doing boxes and work round the stable and then I  would still be jogging horses two hours after it was dark ,"Tim said. Driving his first winner at fourteen, Tim was unable to drive in Parimutual races until he was eighteen even though he drove over 200 winners at fairs when he was sixteen and seventeen. Punters in North America are never afraid to tell you when they think you haven't perfrormed. "I remember one time at Maywood where I drove six winners on a fourteen race card." " When I went to the carpark at the end of the night, they had put my car up on blocks and taken the wheels."  "Someone had written on the windscreen to drive better," Tim told the crowd last night. As Tim explained last night there are no driving fees in North America and drivers are only paid five per cent of all stakes won. The year Tim won 1189 races was full on from start to finish. " I had Xmas day and Super Bowl Sunday off but drove every other day of the year so you earn your money." "The rules vary from state to state which can make it tricky at times," Tim said. Tim was very clear on the most important factor in his continuing success. "I wouldn't be where I am or had the success I've had without Ashley's support.' " We are are a team and that's what lets me do what I do." "She understands what I'm doing which makes things so much easier," Tim said. One of the highlights of the night was the interaction between Tim and Hall Of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Jim Gibbs. Jim was effusive in his praise of the presentation given by Tim and thought a recording of it would make a great instruction tool for young galloping apprentices in New Zealand. With that in mind it is now planned to record Tuesday nights presentation in Christchurch. Special thanks must go to Noel Kennard who has organised both the public meetings and has taken a week off to be a tour guide for Tim and Ashley during their time in New Zealand. Tim conducts his second public meeting tomorrow night at the Spectators Bar at Addington Raceway and we highly recommend that if you can get there, you do. Its well worth it. For those wanting to keep up with Tim you can do so at www.timtetrick.com Harnesslink Media

One of the real international stars of harness racing in Tim Tetrick hit New Zealand yesterday and created a level of interest from the general media that this industry rarely sees. Everybody wanted a piece of the action and being the consummate professional that he is, Tim handled all the attention with a big smile and good humour. The highlight of his first day down under was his one drive at the Auckland Trotting Clubs meeting at Alexandra Park last night. Tim took the drive behind The Fascinator from leading trainer Tony Herlihy's barn and gave New Zealand harness racing enthusiasts a glimpse of why he is so highly regarded in North America. Away well from barrier six in the 2200 metres event, Tim sent The Fascinator forward and had a serious look for the lead through the first 600 metres but Simon Lawson on Strike The Gold wouldn't hand up so Tim restrained her and settled her three back on the inner. Passing the 700 metres, the back runners started their move and Tim eased the mare out into the running line and once again sat up on the wheel of Strike The Gold with The Faithful and Zac Butcher hard on Tim's back. Turning for home Tim and The Fascinator grabbed a narrow lead over Strike The Gold and held it for most of the straight before being caught in the shadows of the finishing post by The Faithful and Zac Butcher. Tim loved the experience of driving in New Zealand. "It was a bit different going right handed to be honest but I really enjoyed it." " The Stewards gave me a lot of do's and don'ts' before I went onto the track but once I got out there the drivers were great in showing me the ropes," Tim told Harnesslink today. Tim didn't think there was that much difference in the driving styles between the two countries. " A lot of people think you drive a lot tighter down under but we drive tight up there as well believe me." "Because the carts are not as wide in New Zealand, the horses are closer to you but its no tighter than what I am use to at home." "People mentioned to me to be aware of drivers pushing out but we do plenty of pushing and shoving at times at home so I was pretty relaxed about it all," Tim said.  Harness racing in New Zealand struggles most of the time to get a lot of mainstrem media attention but Tim Tetrick's visit has put harness racing front and centre and for all that media coverage the industry should give Tim a huge thank you. Harnesslink Media  

DOVER, Del.---- Two popular area harness racing favorites, drivers Ross Wolfenden and Tim Tetrick, will be missing from action in U.S. racing starting next week. Wolfenden is taking a month off to visit his family in New Zealand. Tetrick, also is off Down Under, preparing for the World Driver Championship in Australia starting Feb. 22, where he represents the U.S. against the best in Europe and Australasia in week long competition. --------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Ell lifted his outstanding UTRS “batting average” to around .450 this meet, buoyed by with third training wins Wednesday (2/10); by Razor Ramone, Enrico AS and Go Go Red Marty. Owners Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own all three, with Ken Wood, a partner, on two. --------------------------------------------- Congratulations are in order for track race-caller Jack Gallagher. Thursday (2/11) was his birthday. Gallagher has been calling races for 37 years. The last 31 seasons at Delaware tracks. Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. Gallagher began his racing career announcing the one-time New Jersey Summer stakes at various farms throughout the Garden State. He later worked at Brandywine Raceway and at Garden State Park when it was rebuilt in the mid-1980s before arriving in Delaware ever since. Only Roger Huston at the Meadows has been behind the microphone longer than Gallagher.    On trot day, Wednesday (2/10), well named, Tough Mac won his fifth feature trot of the meet. On the same card, two other trotters Razor Ramone and Joyeux Dream, won for the fifth consecutive time and JS McFlash, won his third in succession. Among pacers, Velocity Sonja and Odds On Alpha have won three straight. -------------------------------------------- Several win streaks came to an end during the week, headed by the meet’s longest, seven straight, by claiming pacer Jingle Bell Rocker. Hey Pancho, who had won four-in-a-row, plus, Captain Fairfax, and Ringside Muscle, saw win two-win streaks end. ----------------------------------------------------------  Coming up shortly will be the annual U.S.Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 22 in Orlando, Fla. All the top horses and individuals who led season’s honors in 2014 will be saluted. JR She’salady won the writers balloting for “Horse of the Year,” the first two-year-old in years to win the coveted title. --------------------------------------------------- Among the local persons to honored at the USHWA Night of Champions is Heather Vitale, a double 2014-season winner in the broadcasting category. Ms. Vitale won for her TV feature on Canada’s top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network. The second award is for a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on Delmarva station WBOC-TV.  Tickets for the USHWA gala are still available. Contact Judy Davis-Wilson by phone 302-359-3630 or e-mail: zoe8874@aol.com. ------------------------------------ The festive O’Brien Awards, a black tie awards-dinner showcasing the best in Canada racing, was held Saturday (Feb. 7). Canada’s top horses and horsepersons were honored; several of whom also will receive similar honors at next week’s USHWA Night of Champions-Dan Patch awards in Florida on Feb. 22. ---------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan and Aaron Merriman continue to battle for leading drivers during 2015 in North America with Merriman holding the lead. Ron Pierce is presently fourth in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins and money won. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis, have moved up to the top 5 trainers in North America.  ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 180 races. Allan Davis is second with 100 wins. Ross Wolfenden, third, with 93 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth with 85. Tony Morgan, 68, completes the top five.  ----------------------------------------------  There is now a three-way tie for first-place among trainers. Dylan Davis is on a tear building up his win total. The defending champion has tied Wayne Givens and Doug Lewis with 39 wins apiece. Jim King is fourth with 34 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 32 winners. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, NJ - The second leg of the Sonsam series for three and four year old pacers will head up Saturday night's program at The Meadowlands. Thirteen declarations to leg two resulted in a pair of divisions with the first carded as the second half of the Daily Double offering a contentious six-pack of pacers. Rockeyed Optimist starts from the pole in this one and will be paired with Brett Miller for the first time, what with regular driver Tim Tetrick off to represent the USA in the World Driving Championship. Rockeyed Optimist is maturing into a solid top class performer this year for the ownership group of Anthony Perretti, Ginny Berkner, A&B Stable and Joe Battaglia, boasting a pair of "B" class wins and a rallying second in last week's Sonsam opening leg thus far in 2015. Steve Elliott trains the four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Major Uptrend is the lone returning winner from the first leg (the other leg one winner Wiggle It Jiggleit has taken the week off) and he is a likely choice in division two, race eleven. He held off the aforementioned Rockeyed Optimist after a forwardly placed trip last week, scoring in 1:50.4 for owner Howard Taylor. Ron Burke trains and Yannick Gingras drives the Somebeachsomewhere gelding. Saturday is of course Valentine's Day, so you might consider a delightful evening spent dining in Pink watching the racing and taking a poke at any of several guaranteed wagers throughout the program. Chief among those would be the High-5 Jackpot which is now in excess of $100,000 and we all know there is no better aphrodisiac than winning a huge amount of cash. Find information on the racing, which begins at 7:15, by visiting The Meadowlands website.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

The best harness racing driver in the world Tim Tetrick hits Australia shortly when he arrives to represent the United States Of America in the World Driving championships. The series involves a series of twenty drives for each driver in the championships but Tim is keen to have a few drives beforehand to get the feel of harness racing down under. Before coming to Australia, Tim and his wife Ashley will spend over a week in New Zealand and he has already sorted out a drive there.  On Friday night at Alexandra Park Tim will drive The Fascinator for Tony Herlihy. Beforehand he is going to Ray Greens at Pukekohe to have a sit behind a horse in a Australasian style cart to try to get use to the differences in bikes used downunder. Tim has several media events while in New Zealand and has a full itinerary including a few days playing the tourist before heading to Australia at the end of next week. The sulky maker UFO has had a sulky specially made to Australasian specifications for Tim to use in the series in Australia and by all accounts it sports a pretty special paint job. Whilst being interviewed by phone from North America by Greg Hayes on Trots TV, Tim made it very clear that he would welcome the opportunity to have a few outside drives leading into and during the upcoming drivers series. One thing you can be sure of during his visit is that Tim will draw a lot of media attention to the harness racing industry in Australasia while he is here and that can only be a big positive for the industry down under. Harnesslink Media   

North American Hall Of Fame harness racing driver Tim Tetrick is to give harness racing enthusiasts in New Zealand a real treat on Friday night when he takes the reins behind the Tony Herlihy trained The Fascinator at Alexandra Park. Since he starting driving in the late 1990s, Tim Tetrick has taken the industry by storm in North America. His stats as of today are mind boggling to anyone from the southern hemisphere as his numbers below show. Drives - 43,941 Wins - 8522 Seconds - 6613 Thirds - 5662 Total Stakes won - $153,717,572 Tim drove his first winner at age 16 and the records haven't stopped coming since then. Tim holds the record for most winners in a season at 1189 and was the leading driver in North America for seven consecutive seasons. Nicknamed the "Bionic Man" after having two hip replacements done, Tim has been the regular driver for such great horses as Captain Treacherous, Artistic Fella and A Rocknroll Dance. Tim and his wife Ashley will be in New Zealand for a little over a week and have a very full Itinerary in that time. They will visit both Tony Herlihy and Ray Green's training establishments on Friday before Tim will take the reins behind The Fascinator on Friday night at Alexandra Park. On Saturday they are going deep-sea fishing with Tony Herlihy in the Bay of Islands followed on Sunday by the first of two public meetings where people will get the opportunity to get up close to the leading driver in the world. A good part of Monday will be spent at the Auckland sales before flying to Christchurch for the sales on Tuesday with a second public meeting being held that evening. After that Tim and Ashley with the help of local trotting identity Noel Kennard as their guide plan to have a look around the rest of the South Island before flying out late next week. Friday night at Alexandra Park should be a real treat for harness racing followers in New Zealand as we get to witness first hand the driving style and skill of the best in the business. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick with his driving colors for the 2015 International Driving Championship to be held in Australia later this month.      

The trotter that had stolen the show this winter at The Meadowlands had been conspicuous by his absence for the last four weeks. Melady's Monet had not been seen since winning the top-level trot on January 2nd. Harness racing trainer Kevin McDermott reported the gelding suffered a quarter crack and was given time to heal and freshen up. There was no evidence of any lingering affects of that quarter crack Friday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, the Revenue S gelding was allowed to settle in last in the field of seven and remained there as the field rolled through tepid fractions of 28.2 and 57.1, established by Modest Prince. Still last turning for home through three-quarters of 1:25.1, Melady's Monet saw Lindy's Tru Grit, who he was tracking the outer flow go off-stride directly in front of him. That was no problem either as the Tim Tetrick driven trotter towered up and powered home through the stretch while Tetrick remained motionless at all times to win going away into extremely strong headwinds, completing the mile in 1:55.1. Take My Picture rallied to be second while Team Six raced well uncovered finishing third. Melady's Monet is trained by Kevin McDermott for Melady Enterprises LLC. The Dash For The "C" Notes for trotters returned Friday night at The Meadowlands as well, featuring six divisions, providing very competitive racing as only a win in your division guaranteed a spot in the $25,000 Final next week. The remaining four finalists are to be drawn by lot from the second place finishers in the six divisions. The divisional winners were Captain Primeau (1:57.3 - Pierce), Perfect Picture (1:57.3 - Pierce), My Muscleman (1:55.3 - B. Miller), Bluebird Kidsqueen (1:56.4 - Abbatiello), Rock Of Cashel (1:55.3 - Richardson) and Scorcher Hall (1:56 - A. Miller). The second place finishers were comprised of Walltocousins, Mr Fenwick, Grey Ice, Worth The Money As, Most Wanted Lindy and Lauderdale. Four of these six runner-up trotters will complete the field of 10 for the $25,000 "C" Note Final next week, with the four being drawn by lot. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5's went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover at $4,611.57 and the last race carryover standing at $76,077.56. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Three harness racing series finals made up the Winter Series Spectacular at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The Super Bowl, Wordly Beauty and last but not least, the Escort Final with a purse of $56,000 appeared the most competitive of the three series finals on paper. Coming into The Escort Final, Tim Tetrick had what appeared to be a difficult decision to make, between Khan Blue Chip, a Linda Toscano trainee and Company Man. Tetrick decided to sit behind Company Man and it was proven that he chose wisely. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice, Tetrick allowed Company Man to sit third, just off the speed of Khan Blue Chip through a rather soft opening quarter of 28.1. Sensing the light tempo, Tetrick pulled his gelding as they straightened up in the backstretch and made a strong bid for the lead. Company Man hit the half-mile in 56 and three-quarters in 1:23.3, before getting separation on the field and opening up a three length lead turning for home. His main rival, Major Uptrend, was stacked up third over finding himself with five lengths to make up at the top of the stretch. Driven by Corey Callahan, Major Uptrend lengthened his stride late, along with a game JK Patriot and that pair began to close in on Company Man. But Tetrick saved just enough for the final strides and Company Man held on for the score in 1:51.4. Major Uptrend was second and JK Patriot third. Tetrick noted that his horse has the potential to move up the class ladder in the coming months. "He's tough enough," said Tetrick, "he can carry his speed for a long time and he's tough enough and that makes for a good racehorse." Up next for Company Man will be the Sonsam series which gets underway on Saturday February 7th. The top-five finishers from The Escort are all eligible to the Sonsam. Company Man is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell. Company Man Tetrick was far from done as he had a major contender, Witch Dali, in the the second winter-series Final contested which was the $47,600 Wordly Beauty for three and four year old filly and mare pacers. Donttellruss was sent off as the 4/5 favorite off her pocket-rocket win over Witch Dali in round two of the series. Tonight, Corey Callahan was intent on the lead, parking out all challengers, especially the first over Just Fine. Donttellruss established a hot-pace of 27, 54 and 1:22.3 before turning for home with the lead, with Empress Deo looming off cover and Witch Dali situated third over as the field entered the stretch. Callahan called on Donttellruss for everything she had, but Tim Tetrick showed his mare, Witch Dali some racetrack and she responded, carving into the margin with each and ever stride. Nearing the wire, Witch Dali wore down a gritty Donttellruss to win the Worldly Beauty in 1:52.2. The win marked the sixth in seven starts since returning from the layoff for Witch Dali and it also made for the second winter series win for the daughter of Dali. Trainer Tony Alagna said he was "licking his chops watching his mare tracking the leaders from third over with the hot fractions up front." Alagna also made reference to a foot issue that kept his mare on the sidelines for one year saying, "we waited on her, but she has come back great and she was super tonight." Witch Dali was driven by Tim Tetrick for Tony Alagna, Alagna Racing and Bradley Grant. Donttellruss saved the runner-up spot with Empress Deo third. The top-three finishers are all bound for the Burning Point series which gets underway on Friday, February 6th. The Super Bowl looked like a four-horse race on paper and on the heels of a defeat in round two of the Super Bowl series as a 3/5 favorite, JL Cruze turned the tables once again on Opulent Yankee when the big money was down, winning the $50,000 Super Bowl Final with John Campbell. Sent off as the 2-1 third choice, JL Cruze left for position and was seemingly moving up to challenge the early lead, but was promptly looped by a three-wide Two Hip Dip going past the opening quarter of 28.4. JL Cruze was hung out on the rim, grinding it first over through a strong 27.2 second quarter. Campbell asked his gelding for speed at this point and JL Cruze responded and took over the lead from Two Hip Dip moving into the far turn. Opulent Yankee was tracking the leaders from third and he elected to remain on the pylons as his entry-mates Blocking The Way and Propulsion moved to the outside. However, Two Hip Dip got aggressive and pulled from the pocket just before the three-quarter pole to challenge JL Cruze, which enabled Opulent Yankee to advance along the pylons as Two Hip Dip flattened out in the stretch. Turning for home off three-quarters in 1:25, JL Cruze accelerated away from the field, with the three-horse entry chasing him home as Two Hip Dip faded, but no one was catching JL Cruze, who streaked under the wire a powerful Super Bowl Champion in 1:54.4. Opulent Yankee was second with Blocking The Way third. The top-five finishers in the Super Bowl Final are all eligible to the upcoming Charles Singer Memorial trotting series which begins on Thursday, February 5th. JL Cruze was driven to victory by John Campbell for trainer Eric Ell who mentioned in a post-race interview that his gelding "was battling a bit of an illness the week before and was not 100-percent, but he had a great week this week and showed up with his best effort tonight." JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr. and S J Iaquinta. The Super Bowl Final was part of a pick 5 sequence that sported a $22,616 carryover, resulting in a total pool Saturday night of $146,934. Darin Zoccali    

For most, winning close to $12 million in harness racing purses would be a historic accomplishment.   However when you're one of the elite drivers in the world this is not status quo especially when Tim Tetrick set the record of $19.73 million in purse winnings back in 2008, breaking his previous record of $18.35 million in 2007. For Tim Tetrick, bigger and better results not only matter to him but to his trainers, owners and especially his fans. With 14 Breeders Crown titles under his belt and leading total purses won by a driver in North America for 7 straight years from 2007 through 2013, Tim was set to make this the eighth year in a row. 2014 was not as flattering for Tim but nevertheless he remains upbeat and focused for the 2015 season. "I didn't have the power" says Tim on his results for 2014. "I finished second in money earned and almost $12 million earned.... I thought with what I had and what I got done, it was a very good season." "Sometimes there are disappointments" Tim reflects, "When you and the horse don't perform to expectations, it's tough." Tim doesn't give himself enough credit, in my opinion. Maybe it is just his nature and his respect for others to not be boastful but this goes to show why he is a world class driver and person. "I was hoping for bigger things but I got to win a Breeders Crown which is always special and a Meadowlands Pace. I had a lot of wins and some special wins which is always good." Ti Tim won the 2014 2YO Filly Pace Breeders Crown with JK She'salady, who was named Horse of the Year for 2014. "It was a great surprise" says Tim about driving JK She'salady or as he likes to call her, JK She'sagreatlady. Tim also created a website www.tetrickracing.com where fans can be more interactive with him. There are contests through the Facebook page and there are many pages on the website where fans can read and learn about Tim, the horses he made history with and his family. "That's my best way for interacting with fans." One special moment that sticks out for Tim in 2014 was meeting a super fan in the winner's circle after a race at the Meadowlands. "Last year Sydney Weaver came down from Canada and met me in the winner's circle for a picture. That was pretty cool," Tim admits. For his stellar accomplishments in 2014, it is easy to forget that Tim had his second hip replacement surgery a year ago. It truly is remarkable on what a year he had based on the fact he’s driving regularly and at such a high level.  "Health wise I'm good to go. I'm happy to be driving three nights a week as there's not as much racing during the winter." Tim notes. For 2015 Tim is excited with what's to come. It's too early to speak to any of the 2-year-olds but some of the returning horses have extremely bright futures! "Tony Alagna has a lot of good looking horses he bought at sales. I'm not sure if I am going to be driving any of them but I would love to be a part." he explains. Tim is still looking for his first Little Brown Jug win and that's something he would love to check off his to do list in 2015. When I mentioned Tim as a Hall of Famer, his humbleness started to shine once again. "I don't think I'm a Hall of Famer. I just want to go out and compete and get as many wins as I can and I really enjoy driving really good horses." Outside of harness racing, Tim is looking forward to the upcoming Super Bowl. His pick was Peyton Manning and the Broncos, however since being trounced out; Tim's choice is the Packers. "Seattle is the best team with a really good defense. If the Packers don't win, it will be the Seahawks who win the Super Bowl over the Patriots. Defense always wins." What team is Tim Tetrick's pick to win the NBA Finals? Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. "They're the best team in the NBA." by Roderick Balgobin, for Harnesslink.com  

The Worldly Beauty harness racing series for the pacing fillies and mares continued on Friday at The Meadowlands. A premier match-up of first round winners took center stage in the second division, as Witch Dali, the 1/5 favorite and Donttellruss, the 2-1 second choice, hooked up in a preview of the Final. Witch Dali went right to the lead, setting a rapid pace of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:22.3 with Donttellruss and Yannick Gingras racing right off Tim Tetrick's helmet throughout the mile. The two favorites would separate themselves from the field from that point onward and kicked home together, with Donttellruss pulling the pocket in the stretch and wearing down a game Witch Dali. It was Witch Dali's first defeat since returning to the races and snapped a five race win streak. For Donttellruss a daughter of Panspacificflight , she is a perfect three for three to start her four year old campaign. Ron Burke trains the mare for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr and Baldachino. The first division did not include a round one winner and thus it was very competitive on paper. Hex was sent off as the 7/5 favorite for owner driver Dave Miller off a fourth place finish the week before, but that filly went off stride while racing well off the pace into the far turn. Frame Worthy established the early pace and cut the mile through fractions of 27.3, 55.4 and 1:23.2. But 8/5 second choice, Empress Deo, was riding a perfect pocket trip every step of the mile and that mare pounced on the leader while holding off a late rally from Safe From Terror to score in 1:53.2, a new lifetime mark. Empress Deo was driven by Brett Miller for trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing Of De Inc. The $25,000 featured B-1/A-1 Handicap Trot features a similar cast of characters to the past few weeks. Coming off a win, Lindy's Tru Grit looked like the horse to beat, but it was actually Appomattox who was sent off as the 7/5 favorite Friday night. Lindy's Tru Grit left hard from the outside post hitting the quarter in 27.4, before yielding to the pocket behind favored Appomattox, who would proceed to dictate terms through fractions of 55.3 and 1:24. Turning for home, Appomattox was clinging to the lead, but was feeling pressure from Mistery Woman and Team Six who was rallying off cover down the center of the track. Lindy's Tru Grit was looking for racing room in the stretch. He found it, but Team Six had the jump on him and scored a massive 50-1 upset over Lindy's Tru Grit with Appomattox saving the show. Mistery Woman was in contention racing first over in the stretch, but broke-stride when she put a nose in front inside the eighth pole. Team Six was driven to victory by Marcus Miller for Erv Miller and owners Peggy Hood, Mystical Marker Farms L.L.C., Paymaq Racing and Jorgen Jahre Jr. Both $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers will carry over into the Saturday program. The fifth race carryover stands at $22,146, while the last race carryover is now $47,620. Racing resumes Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the second round of the Escort series with a pair of divisions. Darin Zoccali

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