10/16/2014 4:13PM

Hoosier: Trace Tetrick has horsepower on Super Finals card

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Color's A Virgin is one of three likely odds-on favorites for driver Trace Tetrick on Saturday.

There is a Tetrick racing for big money this Saturday and his name is Trace. The 28-year-old younger brother of perennial money-winning driver Tim will steer horses in nearly every race on Hoosier Park’s $1.89 million Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals card.

Trace is loaded with power in the eight $200,000 Super Finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. Sharing the spotlight for Trace is a trio of stellar young performers—Freaky Feet Pete, Color’s A Virgin, and Churita.

Freaky Feet Pete is the talk of Indiana. The 2-year-old son of Rockin Image has won eight of nine career starts with an average margin of victory at 3.8 lengths. His 1:50 3/5 lifetime mark places him on the leaderboard among the top open freshman pacers in North America.

“He’s a wicked-fast colt,” said Tetrick, who added that ‘Freaky’ is the best colt he has ever driven. “He was a little aggressive early on, but they made a bridle and rigging change and the difference has been night and day.”

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On Saturday Freaky Feet Pete will start from the second tier in post 10 against nine of his peers, horses he has defeated time and again. None of his competitors has come within a second of his fastest time and he has already paced a trio of miles faster than any of his foes on Saturday. Perhaps the only salvation for the competition is that three of them finished ahead of the Larry Rheinheimer trainee back in July, his only defeat.

“When I got beat, he wasn’t as sharp as he had been,” said Tetrick. “We got to the half in about :55 and the track wasn’t fast that day; it wore on him.”

Freaky Feet Pete will go to post as the heavy favorite in race 12 on the program.

While top 3-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki (race 13) is the headliner on Saturday, Tetrick has a filly in race 11 that garnered some national acclaim of her own. Jugette winner Color’s A Virgin starts from post eight in the sophomore final for filly pacers.

Color’s A Virgin has won four straight races and dominated in her last two starts by a combined 13 1/2 lengths against the same young ladies she tackles on Saturday.

“She’s phenomenal; Brian (Brown, trainer) has done a great job,” said Tetrick, who feels confident going into the race if his charge behaves. “Her worst enemy is herself. The last eight or nine starts she has been really good, but she gets lost on the front sometimes.”

Tetrick’s standout in the rookie filly trot is Churita, a daughter of Airzoom Lindy out of the Matt Rheinheimer barn. Churita has put together an impressive seven wins in nine starts while never finishing worse than third in her career.

“She really looks the part; she looks like a Lindy Lane trotter,” said Tetrick.

Churita actually seems to be getting better as the year progresses according to Tetrick. “Last week she was super sharp. That’s the best she has been the whole year. Early on she was a bit aggressive, but she has really learned her job and lets me call the shots now.”

Tetrick will steer Churita from post seven in the fourth of 14 races on the evening.

While the aforementioned will all offer a short mutuel should Tetrick get them home first, the up-and-coming pilot is not without his fair amount of live semi-longshots.

Double A Cash Hall (race 9, post 7) will have his work cut out facing the nearly unbeatable Ron Burke-trained Rose Run Parker in the 3-year-old colt trot. Despite his gelding coming off a break, Tetrick remains confident he can add a loss to “Parker’s” stellar record that currently stands at 20 wins in 24 starts.

“Last week was my fault,” said Tetrick about the break. “He got a little too excited. I tapped him with the whip to leave aggressively and he broke.

“He has a good shot. If I can sit on [Rose Run Parker’s] back, I have a good shot of going by,” he concluded.

Hall Pass Helen is another with a legitimate chance of getting Tetrick to the winner’s circle. The sophomore filly trotter has won three of her last four starts including a pair of Indiana Sire Stakes finals for Tetrick and trainer Kelly Goodwin.

“She has been racing really well and is a strong competitor,” said Tetrick.

Hall Pass Helen starts from post six in race six on the card.

Tetrick, currently 19th on the North American wins leaderboard and 20th in earnings, may not win all of the races at Hoosier on Saturday, but judging by his horsepower, his ranking is likely on the rise.

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