Illinois native Tim Tetrick drove his 8,000th winner on Thursday night, hitting the milestone with Spender Hanover at the Meadowlands. He became the youngest ever to reach that win mark.
The 32-year-old Tetrick, who has returned to the sulky after undergoing a second hip replacement late last year, broke the record held by Walter Case Jr., who hit the 8,000 win mark in 1998 at the age of 37.
Tetrick began the night two wins short of 8,000 and came close to picking up one of them in Race 3, when he finished second with Sturdy As A Hall. He won Race 5 with Highland Terrific, the second choice of bettors, coming first-over to take the lead at the top of the homestretch. Tetrick and Highland Terrific scored by 2 1/2 lengths for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr.
In the very next race Tetrick finished fourth, but then came back and won Race 7 with Spender Hanover. With a second-over trip in the middle portion of the mile and then tipping clear, Spender Hanover won by 2 3/4 lengths for Tetrick and trainer Jeff Smith.
The equine performer that stood out on the card was a young trotting filly. In the second race, Take The Money, a three 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.