06/10/2012 10:10AM

Harness: Tetrick winds up with strong contenders in finals of three major Mohawk stakes

Tim Tetrick enjoyed a big weekend driving at Mohawk Raceway.

After the dust had settled on racing this weekend at Mohawk Tim Tetrick appears in line for a major payday. The sport’s leading driver, Tetrick had an unbelievable weekend and will be driving the logical favorites in three of this Saturday’s four major stakes events for 3-year-olds at Mohawk in Campbellville, Ontario.

Tetrick secured the position of power first last Friday night when he steered last year’s powerhouse filly Check Me Out to victory in one of two eliminations for the Elegantimage for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The Donato Hanover-sired Check Me Out, trained by Ray Schnittker, wore down the speed on the final turn and then held together willingly as a very safe winner in a 1:54 3/5 mile. The Mohawk track appeared to have wind in the face of the horses down the homestretch and perhaps that’s why Check Me Out’s final quarter was an unimpressive  29 4/5 seconds. The victory was her second of the year in three starts.

Maven, who held a surprise decision over Check Me Out when the two met in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action last month, surprised a pair of top fillies in the first $35,000C Elegantimage elimination heat. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the sulky, Maven left to be in striking position and sat willingly while top-rated Win Missy B cut out strong fractions. Maven moved to the outside on the final turn and scored comfortably in 1:53 1/5, a career-best mile. For the second straight week Win Missy B could not hold the lead and this time finished third with longshot Miss Paris gaining the place. All Ready Hanover, the 3-5 favorite, struggled to keep pace early and then broke stride.

Check Me Out’s connections selected post 3 for the $530,000 final with Maven getting post 4 in the field of 10.

After a brief trip back to East Rutherford, N.J., for Saturday morning qualifiers, Tetrick rejoined the stakes action at Mohawk on Saturday night and was in rare form. He swept the two divisions of the Fan Hanover elimination with a pair of American Ideal-sired fillies owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter.

Romantic Moment pushed out quickly in the early going in her $35,000 heat and then yielded willingly. Tetrick was able to find room at the head of the stretch when the heavily favored Sarandon Blue Chip failed to make ground on her first-over move. With room, Romantic Moment did the rest, overtaking pacesetter Pirouette Hanover and drawing off in a personal best 1:50 4/5 clocking.

American Jewel won for the first time as a 3-year-old following a stellar 2-year-old campaign in the second Fan Hanover trial. Tetrick and the filly were all business in this division, jetting to the front and carving out all of the fractions on the way to a sparkling 1:50 score. Big McDeal tracked the winner around the track and held second while favored Economy Terror elected to race from off the pace this week and could only make it to third after a difficult uncovered trip.

Romantic Moment starts from post 4 and her stablemate American Jewel will go from post 5 in the $642,000 Fan Hanover final on Saturday night. Tetrick has already committed to American Jewel.

Last year, Tetrick and a few other drivers missed an opportunity to drive in the Breeders Crown when a storm grounded them in New Jersey. Tetrick lost the chance to guide Chapter Seven to a victory in the Crown 3-year-old colt trot. This past Saturday he redeemed himself in part to trainer Linda Toscano and the owners of Market Share, who scored an impressive victory in one of two $30,000 eliminations for the Goodtimes.  Market Share overcame post 9 and managed to work out a live second-over journey. Once in the homestretch, Market Share catapulted to victory overtaking the pacemaking Beer Summit in a 1:53 2/5 clocking. The Ontario-bred Il Mago was most impressive charging on the far outside for third in this division with trotting master Trevor Ritchie in the bike.

Driver Jody Jamieson will be after his third Goodtimes final victory in the last four years with Knows Nothing, who remained unbeaten going down the road in the final Goodtimes elimination heat. A $65,000 yearling purchase, Knows Nothing has won all five of his starts as a 3-year-old after going unraced at 2. Trainer Jeff Gillis captured the Goodtimes in 2009 with the Jamieson-steered Federal Flex.

Knows Nothing easily held off Guccio, the even-money favorite, while scoring in a personal-best 1:53 4/5 clocking.

Knows Nothing will leave from post 3 in Saturday’s $351,000C Goodtimes final with Market Share landing post 4.