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Harness Racing Produces It's Youngest Millionaire

Tim Tetrick won the Meadowlands Pace with Southwind Lynx to mark his second million-dollar victory of the year following his win in the Art Rooney Pace with Southwind Lynx on June 2, 2007. The Art Rooney Pace made Tetrick, 25, the youngest driver ever to win a million-dollar race. The Meadowlands Pace victory expands the legend, which includes being the youngest driver to 3,000 career triumphs and a record 120 wins in June. He also is on pace to break the record for victories in a year.

"Itís awesome just to race in it, yet alone win," declared Tetrick. It was just a great feeling. It hasnít sunk in. I was way back there [in seventh place at the top of the stretch]. But I had a lot of go. When they go those kinds of fractions, theyíre going to come back to you. If you can point your horse to a spot, and hit it right Ė it just worked out great. If youíd told me Iíd be locked in from the eighth pole on and win, Iíd never believed it. It just worked out good. The horse was good and we got lucky to get an inside lane."

Not that Tetrick has had time to reflect on the moments. He is the hardest driving man in harness racing, on and off the track. Right now, Tetrickís schedule sees him competing regularly at Chester, near Philadelphia, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in northeast Pennsylvania, and the Meadowlands Racetrack in northeast New Jersey. With his home in Dover, Delaware, Tetrick ends up driving his Chevrolet Silverado, with his race bike in the back, roughly 1,400 miles a week to all these locations. Plus, he drove 97 miles last week on the racetrack Ė one mile at a time (winning 30 races).

"Iím pretty busy," Tetrick says, in understated fashion. "With the schedule I have, I donít have time to mess around. It hasnít all sunk in yet because Iíve been traveling here, traveling there. Iím tired; Iím worn down. But, I keep winning, so it keeps pushing me. Thereís no shot Iím doing this next year; Iím going to slow down. I think Chester is going to be great; Iíll make my base around here and the Meadowlands," added Tetrick.

Tetrick keeps pushing in pursuit of 1,077 Ė which is the number of wins Walter Case Jr. put on the board in 1998. Until 2006, when Tony Morgan won 1,004 times, no one had gotten within 275 victories of Caseís record. Tetrick entered Monday with 650 triumphs this season, and is 60 wins ahead of Caseís pace in 1998. Tetrick also leads all drivers in North America in earnings, with $8.2 million, and could be the first to lead in both wins and purses since Jack Moiseyev in 1991.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com

 

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