Stickney, IL — Tim Curtin, 61, a fixture on the Illinois circuit for many years, died June 11, 2019.
Mr. Curtin was currently tied for second place in the driver standings at Hawthorne with 23 wins on the meet.
He had an illustrious career that spanned back into the late 1970s. Mr. Curtin drove 3,245 horses to victory during his career of more than 40 years for $22,749,563 in career earnings. He trained another 30 winners in that timespan as well.
His best season for victories came in 1997 when he drove 219 winners on the year while in 2008 he had a career year for earnings with $1,900,785.
In 2019, Mr. Curtin had been the regular driver for top Illinois-bred Meyer On Fire, along with Jazzie Babe, a winner of four of five starts to open her career.
His son Pat had driven and trained in Illinois for many years as well.
A moment of silence will be held in his memory prior to the start of the races on Friday evening at Hawthorne.