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Tetrick Smashes Single Season Earnings Record


Published: November 16, 2008 9:16 pm ET

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Tim Tetrick broke his own single season earnings record in the fifth race at Harrah's Chester on Sunday. A win aboard the Vincent Fusco, Jr.-trained Candys Pool, his second of four on the day, put Tetrick over his 2007 record $18,350,047 earnings.

This is a record that has been unscathed since the sport's first "ten-million-dollar man", Bill O'Donnell, did it back in 1985. O'Donnell made himself a legend when he eclipsed his 1984 earnings of $9,059,184 in 1985 to $10,207,372. O'Donnell, a harness racing hall of famer, owed much of his success to victories with the three-year-old trotting champion Prakas, and horses of the year Fancy Crown (1984) and Nihilator (1985).

Tim Tetrick reached this milestone with just under a thousand less starts and 355 less wins than 2007. He credits much his success this year to being aboard the first three-year-old trotter to beat Deweycheatumnhowe (R. Schnittker) in the elimination of the Canadian Trotting Derby aboard Crazed (F. Antonacci) on September 6th. A second-place finish in the Hambletonian sure didn't hurt either.

(With files from Harrah’s Chester)

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