The hot hands of Trace Tetrick continued in 2023 as the Geff, Ill. native earned his 10th consecutive leading driver title at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Heading into the final two days of action, Tetrick had 362 wins over second place John DeLong, who has 265 wins.
The tally for Tetrick is just shy of his wins in 2022 when he won 387 wins. His highest tally in wins to date was recorded in 2021 when he won 403 races. In all, Tetrick completes the 30th season of racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park with a win percentage of 22 percent, the highest to any other driver in the top 20 of the standings.
Tetrick also drove horses to purses of $4.7 million, with an average of $2,838 per start, the most of any other driver in the top 15 on the charts. The 37-year-old reinsman has 1,680 starts heading into the final two days of action with a UDRS (Universal Drivers Rating System) of .336, also the highest percentage in the top 20.
The remaining drivers in the top five behind Tetrick and DeLong include Michael Oosting and Kyle Wilfong tied at 148 wins each over Jordan Ross with 144. Both Wilfong and Ross make their first top five appearance in the standings with two nights of action left.
Nationally, Tetrick has also fared well this season and most notably, is ahead of his older brother Tim, who is hailed as one of the greatest drivers in harness racing history and always among the top drivers in North America annually. Through Dec. 7, the younger Tetrick has 523 wins in 2023 to rank fifth over Tim with 500 wins to rank in sixth place.
Earlier this year, Tetrick scored his 7,000th career win at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. This season also marks the 20th anniversary of Tetrick’s first win in 2003. This year’s title is his 12th overall at the Indiana track in the past 20 years.
Tetrick and his wife, Sandy, own a farm near Harrah’s Hoosier Park. They have one daughter, Chloe.