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Tim Tetrick

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83
76
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$2,404,798
6108
1440
1436
1383
$29,151,444
Birthdate: 1981-11-22Height: 5'9"
Birthplace: Flora, ILWeight: 150
Residence: Runnemede, NJAge: 33

After a winning a record fourth Driver of the Year title in 2013, Tim Tetrick continued to soar in 2014, winning his fourth Meadowlands Pace in eight appearances with He’s Watching, who equaled the all-time fastest race mile of 1:46.4. 

Tetrick finished fourth in The Meadowlands standings with 83 wins and $2.4 million, and his other major wins at the Big M came with National Debt in the Buddy Gilmour Memorial, Act Now in a $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final and Classic Martine in the Ima Lula Final in a world record of 1:50.1.  Also on Hambletonian Day, he finished second in the John Cashman, Jr. Memorial with Market Share and was a runner-up in the Lady Liberty with Anndrovette. 

Tetrick followed up a dream season in 2012 with his seventh straight money title in 2013, passing the $14 million mark for the seventh consecutive year with over $16 million.  He also won three Breeders Crown events at Pocono Downs with Market Share, I Luv The Nitelife and Captaintreacherous.  In addition to the Meadowlands Pace, Tetrick and “The Captain” also scored major wins in the North America Cup, the Max Hempt Memorial, the Cane Pace, the Bluegrass and Tattersalls.  

In 2012, Tetrick was the Big M’s leading money winner with $3,457,933.  He capped off his 2012 campaign at the Big M with a bang, winning his first Hambletonian with Market Share in 1:52.1.  He teamed up again with trainer Linda Toscano to post a world record of 1:50.1 with Horse of the Year Chapter Seven in the Nat Ray, which tied the fastest trotting mile ever at the East Rutherford, NJ oval.  Tetrick also won a NJSS Final with Southwind Cocoa, another Toscano trainee. 

Also in 2012, Tetrick guided Check Me Out to a world record of 1:51.3 in the
 Del Miller Memorial.  He handled a pair of outstanding freshman pacers
 in Woodrow Wilson winner Captaintreacherous and NJSS champion Johny Rock. Captaintreacherous notched the first ever sub 1:50 mile by a two-year-old at the Big M, 1:49.3.  Tetrick joined Hall of Famers John Campbell and William O’Donnell as the only drivers to win three $1 million races in a single season, doing it in a five-week span, and then won a record four Breeders Crown on the same night at Woodbine.  He has also been the regular driver of two world champion female pacers, American Jewel and Anndrovette. 

At age 33, and with more than 8,300 career wins and closing in on $150 million, Tetrick is the youngest to reach the Top 10 list of leading money winning drivers of all-time, moving into sixth in 2013, while earning a record $130 million in the last eight seasons. 

A native of Illinois, driver Tim Tetrick burst onto the national scene in 2007 when he set seasonal records for wins, with 1,189, and purses, with $18.35 million.  He also won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace that year with Southwind Lynx.  Tetrick has led all drivers in earnings each year since then, including another record $19.7 million in 2008, and quickly established himself as a Top 5 Meadowlands driver.  Tetrick won his second Meadowlands Pace in 2010 with One More Laugh, upsetting eventual Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven.  

Tetrick began his driving career in 1998 at the age of 16, guiding his father’s horses around the Illinois county fair circuit.  He graduated high school in 1999 and made the decision to try his hand as a catch-driver, despite winning an agricultural business scholarship.  He drove at Illinois fairs and Blue Grass Downs in Kentucky before moving on to Hoosier Park in early 2001 where he became one of the top drivers. 

 

Tetrick’s record numbers are all the more amazing considering he missed several weeks of racing in 2008 and 2009 to have his right hip replaced.  The reinsman has suffered from a degenerative hip condition since childhood, had his left hip replaced in December of 2013 and returned to racing in early February of 2014.  His astounding achievements in the face of physical adversity has earned him the nickname “The Bionic Man”. 

 

HAMBLETONIAN

 (12) Market Share


MEADOWLANDS PACE
(07) Southwind Lynx

(13) Captaintreacherous

(14) He's Watching



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