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Tetrick Undergoes Hip Surgery

Published: December 20, 2013 11:14 am ET

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After his seventh consecutive year leading North American harness racing in money earned as a driver, Tim Tetrick is giving his competition a headstart in 2014.

Tetrick, 32, had his right hip replaced in 2008 due to a degenerative condition. His left hip was originally slated for surgery in 2009, but he put it off until now. That surgery took place on Tuesday at the Rubina Medical Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, with Tetrick returning home on Wednesday.

"I'm OK; so far so good,” Tetrick told "I'm just really sore, stiff and bruised up. I don't know if the last one was just exceptional, but this surgery didn't go as well as the first. But I'm getting better.”

Tetrick's last surgery had him on the sidelines for 37 days. He's hoping for a similar period of rest this year, with plans to return to the racebike in early February.

When he returns in 2014, Tim Tetrick will be on the cusp of 8,000 career wins. He currently boasts 7,966 tallies along with more than $140-million in lifetime purses -- good for seventh all-time. In 2013, he recorded his seventh straight season with more than $15 million earned.

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