With 11 drives in the 12 Breeders Crown finals last Saturday night, Oct. 19, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Ron Pierce and Tim Tetrick were the busiest drivers on the card. Pierce and Tetrick both won three Crown finals, but with Pierce also having three second-place finishes to Tetrick's trio of third-place finishes, he was the leading money-winning driver on the night with $1,126,500 in purse earnings. Tetrick was second with $981,000.
Pierce's wins came with Shake It Cerry (2FT), Luck Be Withyou (2CP) and Spider Blue Chip (3CT); Tetrick scored with I Luv The Nitelife (3FP), Market Share (OHT) and Captaintreacherous (3CP). For the night, Pierce's five-percent driver fee came to $56,325, while Tetrick earned $49,050.
Pierce also took honors as the leading money-winning driver for the seven-day period of Oct. 16-22, with his total earnings of $1,227,960 being $130,410 more than Tetrick's $1,097,550.
Pierce also recently joined John Campbell as the only two drivers to reach the $200-million mark in career earnings. Pierce, 57, reached the milestone on Sept. 18 at Delaware, Ohio, when he won a $52,194 Buckette division with Frau Blucher. Pierce still has a long way to go to catch Campbell, who currently has more than $284.7 million in career purse earnings.--harnessracing.com