East Rutherford, NJ --- Tim Tetrick drove the 8,000th winner of his career on Thursday night (March 13) at the Meadowlands, in the process becoming the youngest driver to reach that plateau at age 32 years and four months.
|Spender Hanover gave Tim Tetrick his 8,000th career win.|
Tetrick reached the milestone in the seventh race behind Spender Hanover, affording the veteran a typical Tetrick steer, placed second over behind the favorite and wearing that one down in the stretch.
Spender Hanover, an 8-year-old with career earnings of nearly $300,000, took a new record of 1:51.2 in the process for trainer Jeff Smith and owner Howard Ouriel.
Tetrick was greeted in the winner's circle celebration on a cold, windy night by his wife Ashley and daughter Tessa along with Meadowlands representatives Jenn Bongiorno and Justin Horowitz.
Tetrick is currently 25th on the all-time North American wins list and seventh in career earnings with more than $141 million. He continues at a pace that would put him in position to break every record the sport has by the time his career is complete.
The equine performer that stood out on the card was a young trotting filly. In the second race, Take The Money, a 3-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, made it a perfect two for two in 2014 with a dominant five length romp in 1:56.1 for team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller. The filly is owned by Black Horse Racing.
Racing resumes on Friday with a stellar 13-race program, including the first round of The Horse & Groom Trotting Series and a compelling Free For All Trot. Post time is 7:15 p.m.