It wasn’t quite the way he expected to hit his 6,000th career driving victory, but nevertheless, Trace Tetrick continues to be unstoppable on the track at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Tetrick came into the Wednesday, June 9 racing program at 5,999 career wins. After finishing second in the first two races of the night, Tetrick scored the ultimate win in his fourth drive on the card, a dead heat for the win in the evening’s fifth race.
Showboat Shooting, trained by Luis “Tony” Quevedo, is the horse that will forever stick in Tetrick’s mind for the milestone. The three-year-old gelded son of Straight Shooting sat patiently in third as ER Rufus and Don Eash led most of the way. In the stretch, Tetrick pulled out and excelled forward, but the two horses could not be separated at the wire, finishing in a dead heat for the win.
Tetrick won three races on the Saturday, June 5 racing card at Harrah’s Hoosier Park to get within reach of the milestone. He added another winner to his credentials on the Sunday racing program to set up the milestone on Wednesday night. He was joined by his daughter, Chloe, and wife, Sandy, in the winner’s circle to celebrate the big win, a feat that less than 100 drivers have ever accomplished in the history of Standardbred racing.