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Tim Tetrick Prepares to Break New Records

Tim Tetrick, 25, is standing on the brink of history Ė nine years after winning his first harness race at the age of 16. Already the first driver to earn $1 million prior to turning 20, not to mention the youngest to reach 2,000 career victories, Tetrick needs just 30 wins to reach 3,000. Mark MacDonald set the record last year at the age of 27. Tetrick is 655 days ahead of MacDonaldís pace.

"I never thought I would get to 1,000 wins when I was a kid," Tetrick said. "My first year, I only won one race at the county fairs; I thought it would be impossible to get even 1,000. My dad [Tom] was 45 when he got his 1,000th win. For me to get 3,000 at this age, itís going to be a great feat."

Tetrick has won 441 races at $4.6 million so far this year. He is within $50,000 of his seasonal best for purses, which he established last year, and could become the youngest driver to reach $10 million in a season, which would break another mark set by MacDonald in 2006.

Furthermore, Tetrick remains on pace to challenge Walter Case Jr.ís record of 1,077 victories in a single year, which was set in 1998. Case had 456 wins at the end of May 1998. Tetrick is coming off a 110-win April, which established the record for most triumphs in a single month.

"I donít want to think about it, but Iím pointing at it," Tetrick said about the single-season record. "It doesnít look like Iím going to get a vacation this year. People have been very helpful by giving me a lot of good horses to drive. That makes a big difference. Iím just winning a lot of races and having a lot of fun."

Tetrick enjoyed success at Dover Downs, winning the driving title there with more than 400 victories during its 2006-07 meet, and also made his name with something of a signature move Ė the Timmy T. Swoop.

"At Dover I can sit back and swoop a lot of horses at the end," Tetrick said. "Sometimes youíre just better off making one move in those races. I just get lucky with it."

Right now, Tetrick races primarily at Harrington Raceway in central Delaware, Pocono Downs in northeast Pennsylvania and Yonkers Raceway, NY, with occasional trips to the Meadowlands Racetrack in northern New Jersey. The only numbers to surpass the ones he is racking up at the tracks are those heís rolling up on his odometer.

"When youíre winning, itís easy," Tetrick said about his schedule, which usually finds him competing at two tracks per day. "Itís a lot of driving time, and I do it all myself, but I want to do it; itís not work to me. As long as I keep winning, itís not too bad."

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

 

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