11/10/2013 1:58AM

Balmoral: Market Share, Pet Rock capture American Nationals for older horses

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Fresh off a Breeders Crown win, Market Share overcame a tough trip to win his American National race.

Competing in one of the eight American National races on a card that lured eight of the top 10 horses in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll to Balmoral Park on Saturday, 10th-ranked Market Share won the $200,000 aged trot by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:52 1/5, track record time. In the process, he forced the outstanding 4-year-old filly Maven to settle for second in her first encounter with male opponents.

Fifth-ranked Maven held a 1-length lead at the stretch call but she was unable to hold off Market Share’s stretch move in this showdown of winners of their respective Breeders Crown races.

“He’s better following horses,” said Tim Tetrick, who drove Market Share for trainer Linda Tiscano. “I took a chance and it worked out.

“Maven is not an easy horse to get by.”

Market Share won for the 5th time in 12 races for owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and William Augustine.

Pet Rock came from fifth-place with a quarter of a mile remaining to overtake 9-year-old Foiled Again and win the $200,000 aged pace by a neck in 1:48 2/5.

David Miller drove eighth-ranked Pet Rock, who went off the 2.40-1, second betting choice, while Yannick Gingras was in the sulky of sixth-ranked Foiled Again, the even-money favorite in the field of 10.

"The trip worked out well," said Miller. "I got dragged into it by two good horses."

Pet Rock, owned by Frank Bellino, scored his sixth win in 17 starts this year.

The American National portion of the 13-race program began with the night’s biggest upset, a photo-finish victory by 126-1 long shot Tough Rose in the $115,000 2-year-old filly pace.

Making a late move between horses on the outside, Tough Rose caught Jaded Dream on the inside at the wire to win by a head and pay $257,20.

With Andy Shetler doing the driving for trainer Stanley Miller, Tough Rose paced the mile in 1:54 2/5 in recording her fourth victory in 15 starts.

After being pushed three-wide, Let’s Drink On It rallied on the outside to take the $113,000 colt and gelding pace by 1 length in 1:51 2/5. Trained by Joe Seekman and driven by Brian Sears, Let’s Drink On It reached the winner’s circle for the fifth time in his 12-race career and return $15.80 to those who wagered on him to win.

Unlocked finished second and Wicked Business was third.

There was a minor upset in the $235,000 race for 3-year-old male trotters. With Tim Tetrick, who is en route to his seventh straight North American driving championship, in the sulky, unranked Lindy’s Tru Grit came on strong in the stretch to defeat 15th ranked Creatine by one length in a career best time of 1:53 3/5. He yielded a $25 return to win bettors. Ninth-ranked Spider Blue Chip finished seventh after spending himself in the early stages.