Day At The Track

Trace Tetrick on fire with 5 wins at Hoosier

04:47 AM 03 Jun 2011 NZST
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Trace Tetrick
Trace Tetrick

Trace Tetrick earned five wins on the Hoosier Park harness racing program on Thursday, June 2. The 24-year-old reinsman has been consistently climbing the charts and his recent success has placed him in second on the list of leading drivers for 2011.

A native of Geff, Ill., Tetrick began driving full time following his high school graduation in 2005. He spent his first full season at Hoosier Park in 2006 and grabbed the leading driver title during the 2008 season. In 2009, he won his 1,000th career win and earlier this season, he notched win number 1,500. His dedication to his trade is evident and he continues to be a student of the sport.

“My main goal is to continue to be successful and competitive on a nightly basis,” said Tetrick. “There are some good drivers here and it’s going to be tougher as the purse money increases.”

Tetrick showed how tough he could be outside of the Indiana circuit this winter. He ventured to Windsor Raceway where he was in contention for the top spot on the driver standings until he departed for the Hoosier Park meet in mid-March. With 164 wins this calendar year through June 2, he is right on target to surpass his best yearly showing to date, which was 401 wins during the 2008 season.

Tetrick started off his five-win evening June 2 with a win behind Genesis Mercury in the first race. He was also a winner in the second race with Cole Heat followed by a win with Realiscape in the sixth race. Paco Labrook was a winner in the ninth race for Tetrick followed by Hillcrest Domingo in the 13th and final race of the night.

Tetrick now has 68 wins through the first 46 nights of racing. He trails leader Peter Wrenn by 16 wins. Wrenn is seeking his third straight title in 2011.

Tetrick is part of the Fab Five promotion at Hoosier Park. When he’s not busy driving horses, he puts his efforts towards raising money for his selected charity D.A.R.E. To date, Tetrick has already accumulated more than $2,000 for the organization during the 2011 racing season.

Tetrick will join other members of the Celebrity Standardbred Drivers each Saturday in June to raise money for their charities with Charity Chariots. The program enables racing fans age 12 and over to take a trip around Hoosier Park’s oval behind a racehorse on a double seated jog cart for a fee of $20. All proceeds go to the driver’s charity. Rides are available from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Grandstand Paddock.

Tammy KNOX

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