Market Share

Race Summary

Market Share (Revenue S), who broke and lost as the favorite in the division’s first major stakes of the season, trotted his way cleanly through the rest of May, June and July to arrive at the first Saturday in August and win the $1.5-million Hambletonian Final in 1:52.1.

It was trainer Linda Toscano’s first Hambletonian win and the event’s first win by a woman trainer. Also, it was driver Tim Tetrick’s first Hambletonian win. Owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and William J. Augustine, Market Share made a first over bid after tempo setter Uncle Peter down the backstretch. He cleared and held off a quick-closing Guccio (Yankee Glide), with trainer Jimmy Takter unable to get his charge up in time for a bigger upset.

The favorite, Takter’s other colt Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall), was buried in the final quarter after making a strong move to get the lead to the half-mile. Once he lost the lead, he broke.

My Mvp (Cantab Hall) was the other late closer, flying like he did in his elim. Guccio caught My Mvp by a hair to be second.

Gym Tan Laundry (Yankee Glide) left strongly from post 10 to secure a spot and Archangel (Credit Winner) was wide to challenge and took the front, until a bid by Uncle Peter made him settle in second. They trotted the opening quarter in :27.2.

Uncle Peter took over, cutting the half in :54.3. At that point, Market Share made a bold first-over move and stayed wide; giving rivals a race for their money. Knows Nothing (Kadabra) was second over and Gym Tan Laundry had been shuffled to fifth.

My Mvp was sixth at the half and Guccio was trotting in ninth.

Stormin Normand (Broadway Hall) broke stride just after three-quarters and finished far out of it, as did Money On My Mind (Cantab Hall).

Trainer Toscano said that the victory felt “surreal, kind of like winning an Oscar…I never dreamed I would get another shot at [the Hambletonian],” she said, referring to her loss last year with Chapter Seven.

“I believe in teaching a horse to win,” Toscano said, “so [at two] we took him to Freehold, where he won his first five.” At three, she said “the day he won the New Jersey Sires Stakes by 9 lengths I knew I had a good horse.”
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