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Bumblebzbuzz might become a honey of a trotter if he learns to mind his manners. That being said, the $5,200 yearling purchase has already exceeded the expectations of harness racing co-owner/trainer Tom T. Tetrick. A 3-year-old son of stallion Pinetucky out of the mare Bumblebzannie, Bumblebzbuzz has won two of 11 career races and earned $74,650 for Tetrick and Ervin Wickey. Last year, the gelding captured a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park, rallying from seventh-place at the half to win in 1:58. "He was very aggressive last year," Tetrick said about Bumblebzbuzz. "His manners left a lot to be desired and they're starting to come together now. I'd like to believe it's a matter of maturity. I spent a lot of time with him over the winter working on manners. He's getting better. Nothing is perfect yet, but maybe we're getting closer. It'll be a long summer and it will still be a test all summer for him." On Wednesday, Bumblebzbuzz is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line in the $18,000 Expresson Series final at Hoosier. Bumblebzbuzz and Hoosier's leading driver Trace Tetrick, one of Tom's younger brothers, will start from post three after back-to-back third-place finishes in the preliminary rounds of the series. Sebiskit Bluegrass, who starts from post 10 in the second tier, is the 7-2 favorite. He has won three of four races this season and will have John DeLong in the sulky for trainer John Merkel. "If (Bumblebzbuzz) puts it all together he's got a shot to win some races," Tetrick said. "But you've also got some pretty nice colts in the state. It's a tough program. However you're going to race it, you've got eight, nine, 10 colts that can trot (1):55 with a quarter in :27 every week." The Tetrick family had enjoyed success with a Pinetucky-bred filly named Huntingforpennies several years ago, and when Tom saw Bumblebzbuzz, he decided to take a shot on the horse. From the beginning, he knew it was going to be a bit of an adventure as Bumblebzbuzz acted as much as a little kid as he did a racehorse. "He's into a little bit of everything every day," Tetrick said. "He plays a lot, messes around. It took a long time to get his mind on his business. But when he would trot, I always thought he had a big turn of speed. If I could ever get everything to go right I think he could trot with whatever is in the state. He's a work in progress." When Bumblebzbuzz won his Indiana Sire Stakes final last August, he displayed the type of potential and talent that Tetrick thought the horse possessed. "He raced phenomenal that night," said Tetrick, who trains about two dozen horses with his father, Tom D. Tetrick. "It seemed like everything came together. He trotted the turns the way he's supposed to." Tetrick enjoyed career highs for training wins (61) and purses ($426,242) last year. He is currently tied for eighth place in the trainer standings at Hoosier Park, with eight wins, and has a 15.1 percent win rate. Jamie Macomber leads the standings with 16 victories. For his career, 38-year-old Tetrick has 461 wins as a trainer and 393 victories as a driver. While Tetrick might not have Grand Circuit plans for Bumblebzbuzz, he is looking forward to watching the horse's continued development on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. "It'll be a tough enough summer for him," Tetrick said. "I don't think he's a Grand Circuit contender; I think he's just a nice solid racehorse. I just hope I can compete on a high level in Indiana with him. "But whatever he does, he's exceeded expectations. It was a good year for him last year, he made $72,000. We're along for the ride. Hopefully it all works out for us." Racing at Hoosier Park begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Expresson Series final is race No. 9, with an estimated 8:54 p.m. post time. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

STICKNEY, IL - A pair of harness racing series finals, along with a consolation final took place on a breezy Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Race six on the Wednesday card was the Whizzer R. White pacing series consolation final as a field of nine lined up after the scratch of Big Moon Rizing. Early in the consolation final JDs Brent N Sheree took the lead and led the field into the lane. At the top of the stretch he lost his action and dropped back. Dale Hiteman and Ocaptain Mycaptain ducked to the inside to avoid traffic and kept their momentum, winning in 1:57 over the track listed as good. First Frost made a sustained move to finish 2nd, while Mr Mark Patrick was third. Ocaptain Mycaptain is owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables, Inc. and is trained by Carl Porcelli, Jr. Race seven was the $16,600 Suburban Downs Pacing Series final with a full field of ten. Leaving for the early lead was Tyron My Gigolo and Kyle Husted but they quickly gave up the early lead to Freedomformysoul. Freedomformysoul led the field into the lane as favorite Kolt Power looked for room while second choice Valiente Stride made a three wide bid. Late in the stretch, Freedomformysoul battled on but Tyron My Gigolo dove to the inside and rallied for the victory at 26-1. Freedomformysoul finished second, just holding off Valiente Stride. Tyron My Gigolo covered the mile in 1:54.4. Tyron My Gigolo is owned by Quaid Racing LLC and trained by James Ellison. Race eight was the $22,200 final of the Whizzer R. White Pacing Series as Over Friskie looked for a clean sweep of this series. The field of nine, after the scratch of Mr Pickpocket, saw Trace Tetrick move early to take the lead with 4-5 favorite Over Friskie early as John Jay tracked him the entire way. Into the stretch, Over Friskie opened up, winning by daylight in a lifetime best 1:53.2. John Jay held second, One To Draw To finished third. Over Friskie is owned by Ervin Wickey and trained by Tom Tetrick. Jim Miller

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      

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 3, 2013—Sweet Talkin Satin shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.2 in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Saturday, August 3 in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin overcame a tough first-over trip to establish a new track record and set a new lifetime best mark in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:50.3, a mark set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008 and a mark that Sweet Talkin Satin equaled three starts ago. Leaving from post four, Sweet Talkin Satin was sent off the gate enough to grab position along the rail in third as Don Eash sent Astreo’s Love to the front from post six. Astreo’s Love led the sire stakes field to the first quarter in :26.2 while Right Touch brushed to the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. The heavy betting favorite, Night Pro, opted for a trip off the pace and was along the rail in seventh. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1, but would quickly feel pressure on the outside by Sweet Talkin Satin. Tetrick asked the gelded son of Always A Virgin for more and he responded with a :26.1 final panel to win by three lengths in front of Right Touch who battled gamely for second. Virgil and Ed Hensley rallied from seventh to finish third. Pulling the upset, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $11.00 to his backers. Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the fourth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal starts. Coming off a third place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final, Sweet Talkin Satin sent his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. The sophomore pacer has been a model of consistency in 2013 having finished on the board in 11 of his 12 seasonal outings.  The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 10 at Hoosier Park. The four leg series will culminate with the $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 6. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.  by Emily Gaskin

A full field of eleven lined up behind the starting gate for the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 29 and it was Sweet Talkin Satin who romped home a winner in 1:50.3.

McSauna, Chancey Lady and Rock N Load, winners last time out, lead eight-female pacers in the $16,000 feature race on Monday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Last year a colt named Chapter Seven earned a fourth-place check in the Hambletonian in harness racing trainer Linda Toscano's first bid for the sport's premier event for three-year-old trotters. This Saturday afternoon, August 4, 2012, Toscano will be back in the Hambletonian with Market Share, who won the fastest of the three elimination races last week and is rated 4-1 in the morning line, leaving from post two. First race post time is 12 noon.

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).

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