Market Share trots to victory in Hambletonian
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Market Share, driven by Tim Tetrick, took the lead with a furlong to go and held on to win Saturday's 87th edition of the $1.5 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands. The victory is the first in harness racing's premier event for both the driver and trainer Linda Toscano.
Setting the early pace in the mile trot was 65-1 longshot Gym Tan Laundry from the far outside post in the 10 horse field. Joining him on the lead was 8-5 favorite Uncle Peter. Yonkers Trot winner Archangel soon took over the lead entering the backstretch from Gym Tan Laundry with Uncle Peter and 4-1 third pick Market Share pressing the pace.
Uncle Peter, driven by Ron Pierce, assumed the lead up the backstretch followed by Archangel and Market Share. Around the final turn Uncle Peter continued on the lead with Market Share moving into second, Archangel in third and Knows Nothing advancing into fourth.
Uncle Peter still had the lead entering the stretch with Market Share in second. Market Share accelerated from the outside and overtook Uncle Peter in mid-stretch.
Owned by Richard Gutnick, Market Share held off a late running Guccio and My Mvp to register a neck win in the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown.
"He made his own race," said Tetrick after winning his first Hambletonian.
Toscano becomes the first female trainer to claim the race.
"I can't believe it really happened," Toscano said.
Finishing fourth was Archangel followed by Knows Nothing, Gym Tan Laundry, Prestidigitator, Uncle Peter, Stormin Normand, Money On My Mind.
The win was worth $750,000 to bring Market Share's career earnings to $972,505. The colt, who won one of the three elimination heats last week, has now won 10 of 16 lifetime starts.
Gutnick and Toscano had Chapter Seven in last year's Hambletonian when the colt finished fourth to Broad Bahn.
Market Share returned $10.80, $6.00 and $5.00. Guccio paid $9.80 and $6.80, and My Mvp paid $9.00 to show.
The Triple Crown will continue with the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile on October 7.
Glidemaster was the last three-year-old to sweep the Trotting Triple Crown.
08/04 17:45:34 ET