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Another Million-Dollar Score For Market Share

Published: September 15, 2012 8:28 pm ET

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Heavy 3-5 favourite Market Share got up in the final strides to earn his second million dollar victory of the season in the Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

Driven by Tim Tetrick, Hambletonian champion Market Share got away in the pocket behind Little Brown Fox (Yannick Gingras) while Knows Nothing (Jody Jamieson) was able to find a spot at the pylons in the three-hole.

Little Brown Fox put up a :27.1 opening quarter, but was confronted by the parked out post eight starter, Guccio (Jimmy Takter), during the second panel. Guccio worked his way to the lead before the :55.4 half-mile mark with Prestidigitator (Sylvain Filion) left uncovered and Money On My Mind (Andy Miller) gapped out behind that colt.

As the field approached the three-quarters mark in 1:24, Money On My Mind made a costly break in stride leaving room for Tetrick to slip Market Share off the pylons.

Guccio maintained his lead into the stretch with Prestidigitator to his outside, Market Share angling wide and Little Brown Fox slipping between horses. With the wire quickly approaching, Market Share mustered up a late surge to get up for the narrow victory in 1:52.2. Little Brown Fox was second by a neck while Guccio settled for third just a half-length behind. Knows Nothing finished fourth and Prestidigitator was fifth.

The time of the mile matched the stakes record held by Majestic Son and Lucky Chucky.

"It did help me out a lot [when Money On My Mind made a break], but at the quarter pole I thought this is great I'm going to get to follow Little Brown Fox all the way around hopefully," said Tetrick of the winning trip. "When I looked back I saw some horses coming -- I saw Guccio and it really caught me off guard. But I was lucky I got to slip out behind Sylvain in the last turn and my horse did the rest from there.

"This is my third million-dollar race this year so I don't even know what to say," said a beaming Tetrick. "It's just amazing!"

With the victory, Tetrick joins the elite company of Bill O'Donnell and John Campbell as the only drivers in the history of the sport to win three races in a season worth at least $1 million. He also guided Market Share to victory in the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Aug. 4 at Meadowlands Racetrack and won the $1 million Metro Pace on Sept. 1 at Mohawk with freshman pacer Captaintreacherous.

O’Donnell accomplished the feat in 1985 with Nihilator in the Meadowlands Pace, Barberry Spur in the Governor’s Cup and Prakas in the Hambletonian. Campbell did it 10 years later with Davids Pass in both the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup and Tagliabue in the Hambletonian.

Market Share is trained by Linda Toscano for owners Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, the T L P Stable of Kearny, New Jersey, and William Augustine of Hammonton, New Jersey.

"He's just a good little horse," said Tetrick. "He shows up and Linda does a great job with this horse. Every time he goes behind the gate he gives you 110 per cent and I'm just so happy to be a part of it."

After going five-for-five during a short freshman campaign, the Revenue S-Classical Flirt colt has put together a sophomore record reading 7-4-2 in 15 starts while pushing his career bankroll to more than $1.78 million.

Market Share paid $3.30 to win.

Wheeling N Dealin Adds Wellwood Win To Perfect Record

The undefeated two-year-old trotting colt Wheeling N Dealin swept to the lead down the backstretch and held off all challengers to score his biggest win yet in the $462,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot on Saturday night at Mohawk.

Driver Sylvain Filion sent Wheeling N Dealin from third to first after the :28.1 opening quarter and then carved out middle splits of :57.2 and 1:27.2. The 1-2 favourite rebuffed a first over challenge from Cool Guy (Jack Moiseyev) into the stretch and cruised home to the one length victory in a stakes record-equalling time of 1:55.3. Early leader Murmur Hanover (Mario Baillargeon) and My Man Can (Andy Miller) followed for second and third-place honours while Cool Guy faded to fourth.

"He did get a good breather in the third quarter and when we turned for home I did ask him a bit and he just went on," commented Filion after the race. "He's just an amazing animal; he's so easy to drive. He's got all the good qualities.

"I think he's learning every race how to race and I think he's getting better and better," added the winning reinsman.

Wheeling N Dealin now boasts a perfect seven-for-seven record with $375,457 banked in purses for trainer Dustin Jones and owner Ecurie Synergie of Montreal, Que. The Cantab Hall-Quick Credit colt also won the Bridger Trotting Series and a division of the Champlain Stakes this summer.

Wheeling N Dealin paid $3 to win.

Bee A Magician Prevails In Peaceful Way

Bee A Magician persevered in a serious stretch duel with the undefeated To Dream On to capture the Peaceful Way Stakes trophy during the Canadian Trotting Classic undercard on Saturday night at Mohawk.

With Rick Zeron in the bike for trainer Richard 'Nifty' Norman, the Ontario-sired daughter of Kadabra and Beehive won the $435,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies in a career-best 1:53.4, just missing the stakes, track and Canadian record by one-fifth of a second.

When the wings of the gate swung open, longshot Samartina (Keith Oliver) grabbed the lead from the inside post position while outside post 10 starter Zorgwijk Nova (Jody Jamieson) fired across the track into the pocket spot ahead of elimination winners To Dream On (David Miller) and Bee A Magician.

Zorgwijk Nova got the jump start on To Dream On after the :28.3 opening quarter and quickly cleared to command down the backstretch, but To Dream On rolled up to take over by the :57.1 midway point.

The new leader opened up four lengths on her foes as she raced to three-quarters in 1:25 while Bee A Magician moved underway and ducked into the gapping two-hole around the final turn. Zeron then showed his filly open road down the stretch and wore down To Dream On for the narrow score. It was nine and a half lengths back to Handover Belle (Mike Lachance), who rallied from way back to finish third.

"I was just taking my time going around the final turn," said Zeron of his racing strategy in the final quarter. "I thought maybe I would give her a little breather halfway around the turn and into the straightaway and get onto Dave's back and get my filly to swell up a little. I was fortunate I didn't have to go head-on with him and when I tipped her back out she was strong. When I removed the [ear]plugs at the 7/8ths she trotted right by."

Bee A Magician paid $7.70 to win as the 5-2 second choice.

The filly now boasts seven wins on her resume from nine starts and a bankroll of more than $450,000. The $90,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling is owned by Ottawa's Melvin Hartman and Florida partners Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Among her early career wins are an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series Final and a division of the Champlain Stakes.

Check out the September issue of Trot Magazine for more on this talented trotting filly and her connections.

Field Set For Milton Stakes

Older pacing mares competed in the elimination round for the Milton Stakes during Saturday's undercard at Mohawk with Drop The Ball and Anndrovette defeating the heavy favourites to win their respective $50,000 divisions.

Driver Yannick Gingras worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard Drop The Ball and was able to manoeuvre the 3-2 second choice out down the stretch to win the first elimination over favourite Put On A Show (Jody Jamieson) in 1:51.4. Krispy Apple (Luc Ouellette) was third while first over challenger Radar Contact (Jack Moiseyev) and Swinging Beauty (Doug McNair) rounded out the top five finishers who will advance to next weekend’s final.

“They were walking around the last turn and I was a little bit worried I was never going to get out, but I took my chance,” commented Gingras in the winner’s circle. “Put On A Show is a great mare and I wanted the two-hole, I didn’t want [Jody] ti have it and that’s why I kind of slowed down in the first turn to make sure he was going to keep coming. Obviously we got lucky. They started going a little bit, him and Jack, and I was able to slide out in front of Timmy [Tetrick aboard second over Strike An Attitude] and she did the rest.”

Drop The Ball paid $5 to win.

The four-year-old Western Terror-Mattcheck Girl mare, a career winner of nearly $900,000, is trained by Tony O’Sullivan for Let It Ride Stables Inc., Dana Parham, and Robert Cooper Stables LLC.

In the second elimination, O'Brien Award winner Anndrovette swept from third to first at the half and battled back against 6-5 favourite Rebeka Bayama (Sylvain Filion) down the stretch to win by a neck in 1:50 flat. Finishing third through fifth were Rocklamation (Brett Miller), Waasmula (Luc Ouellette), and Ginger And Fred (Scott Zeron).

"She's tough, as long as they don't sprint right by her she's okay," commented Tetrick in the winner's circle. "That mare got to her and she eased by her, and then my mare fought back game. She paced all the way to the wire and got back by that other mare."

Anndrovette paid $5 to win as the 3-2 second choice.

Paul Fraley trains the five-year-old Riverboat King-Easy Miss mare, who has banked more than $1.83 million lifetime, for owners Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino.

The winning connections from each elimination earned the right to pick their post positions for next Saturday's $384,000 final. The field will line up as follows:

1. Put On A Show
2. Drop The Ball
3. Krispy Apple
4. Anndrovette
5. Rocklamation
6. Swinging Beauty
7. Ginger And Fred
8. Radar Contact
9. Waasmula
10. Rebeka Bayama
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Aracache Hanover Rebounds In Preferred Pace

Aracache Hanover rebounded from a disappointing 10th place finish in the Canadian Pacing Derby with a 1:49.3 front-stepping score in this week's $38,000 Preferred Pace.

Leaving from post six, the favourite cleared to command after the opening quarter and cruised home to win by three and a half lengths over the pocket-pulling Bettor Again (Mike Vanderkemp) and the from-last-to-third Classic Rock Nroll (Yannick Gingras).

Doug McNair engineered the winning trip for his father, trainer Gregg McNair, and owners William Switala and James Martin.

The millionaire son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cachet returned $5.30 to win.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Mohawk Racetrack.

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