Not only was it a record four-win Breeders Crown night for Tim Tetrick on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Woodbine Racetrack, he also set a record when he earned a purse check in all 11 of his drives on the card.
Tetrick's total take on the program was $1,544,850, the second time this year he earned more than $1 million on a single card. On Hambletonian day at the Meadowlands he set a single-day record with $1,258,239 in purse earnings.
Tetrick scored Breeders Crown victories with Chapter Seven (OHT), Heston Blue Chip (3CP), American Jewel (3FP) and Anndrovette (OMP). He broke the record of three wins shared by John Campbell (twice), Brian Sears (twice), Mike Lachance, Ron Pierce and Trevor Ritchie. Tetrick also had two seconds, three thirds and a fourth to make him a perfect 11-for-11 on the card.
"I thought I could win seven,” Tetrick told harnessracing.com on Monday. "I saw a lot of horses I thought I had a good shot with and I hoped for the best. It was just a great day. To win four Crowns in one day, nobody else has ever done it.
Tetrick's success overshadowed a big night by driver Yannick Gingras, who won three Crown finals. Ironically, both Tetrick and Gingras missed the 2011 Breeders Crown championship card at Woodbine when a surprise snowstorm precluded them from flying to Toronto.
"We had good horses so we were supposed to get them there,” said Tetrick. "We both did really good.
Tetrick said he flew back to New Jersey afterward and although the plane was full, he found himself celebrating alone.
"Everybody else fell asleep,” he said with a laugh. "I was the only one still up and ready to party.”