More honors announced in Pennsylvania
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Tetrick will add Pennsylvania Driver of the Year honors to the long list of accolades and accomplishments he has racked up in the last two years. Tetrick was the leading driver at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and he currently sits top of the pack at Harrah\'s Chester. All told, Tetrick will likely win over 400 races and about $7 million in the Keystone State alone in 2008.
About the only place Tetrick has not won a race is on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit, where the red and gold of the Offutt Stable, trained by “Papa” Joe Offutt, makes his large presence felt considerably. Offutt, voted Pennsylvania Trainer of the Year, trained two of the top pointwinners for their respective divisions in Fair Sire Stakes, had several other competitive Sire Stakes horses, and also won on the Quaker State and Open levels with regularity.
Pennsylvania Owner of the Year Howard Taylor is a Philadelphia lawyer in the literal and good sense of the words, and he also has one of the most far-flung stables in all of North American harness racing, often going partners with his horseman clients. Taylor won at Pocono and The Meadows, but the victories may have been a little sweeter at his “home track” in Chester, where his prize baby filly Ginger And Fred won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship.
Veteran caretaker Julie Davis, who works for the Ray Paver stable, is called the “gold standard” of caretakers by Meadows chaplain Joe DiDonato. Paver says that she is completely dedicated to her horses, displays the ability to care for problem horses, “and in summary, her abilities are totally irreplaceable.” Rich Gillock of the Meadows SOA has the last word: “She is a shining example for all other caretakers.” This all adds up to Pennsylvania Caretaker of the Year honors.
These people will join others being honored at the second annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing at Pocono. Information about tickets and hotel accommodations are listed on the website at www.pahha.com; further information can be had from Jerry Connors of the Racing Commissions at (717) 787-5539..