Tim Tetrick, 27, became the youngest driver in harness racing to reach the 5,000-win plateau in the fourth race on Saturday, July 11 at the Meadowlands.
Tetrick guided Trade Editor to a 1:50 upset victory in the $15,000 conditioned event and paid $19.20 to win.
Tetrick's career benchmarks of 2,000 wins in 2006, 3,000 in 2007 and 4,000 in 2008 were also records. The Illinois native shattered the sport's earnings record for the second straight year in 2008, banking $19.7 million in purses. He also won a record 1,189 races in 2007. Despite missing most of January while recovering from hip replacement surgery, Tetrick is currently atop the sport's earnings list with $6.5 million. Tetrick's records also include becoming the youngest driver to the win the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at age 25 with Southwind Lynx.