10/19/2013 8:47PM

Breeders Crown: Market Share gets back on the winning track

Derick Giwner
Market Share poses in a very happy winner's circle.

The victory was a long time coming for former Hambletonian winner Market Share, who hadn’t tasted victory since the July 20 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack. With the Breeders Crown as his stage, the Linda Toscano trainee found a way to get his nose up at the wire in the $600,000 Older Trot.

Race-favorite Intimidate took charge at the onset with a reasonable 26 4/5 opening quarter, no doubt helped by the early break of likely leaver Wishing Stone. Intimidate continued to lead past the half in 54 3/5 as Market Share chased from the pocket ahead of Mister Herbie.

Right around the five-eighths Mister Herbie came off the pylons from third to take his shot and was doing all the intimidating as he took over the lead from the tired pacesetter passing three quarters in 1:22 1/5. Luckily Market Share was able to sneak off the cones and follow Mister Herbie to set up an epic stretch duel.

Driver Tim Tetrick ducked Market Share to the inside of the track and surged to the front as Mister Herbie valiantly battled back in deep stretch. The photo could have gone either way but Market Share had the longest nose in the 1:51 Breeders Crown record mile.

Arch Madness finished third.

“I thought Intimidate would take me to the top of the lane but he was done at the five-eighths pole. Luckily I got out at the right spot,” said Tetrick, who attributed Market Share’s up-and-down year to the 4-year-old blues.

“I know that he has raced well (this year), but I also know that he hasn’t gotten the job done,” said an obviously relieved Toscano. “As a group we decided to race him from the back at Lexington and try to get his confidence back. Fortunately tonight he got a good trip and did what he had to do.”

The victory was the fourth in 11 races this year for Market Share, who has now earned $725,356 in 2013 for Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and William Augustine.

Assuming Market Share comes out of the race well, Toscano said he may aim for the American National at Balmoral in November and is expected to return to the races as a 5-year-old.

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Moving to the ladies with the $250,000 Open Mare Trot, Maven overcame an uncovered trip and won as she pleased in a sparkling 1:52 3/5 over a now sloppy surface.

Cedar Dove was fast off the gate and took charge from D’Orsay and Unefoisdansmavie well before the opening quarter in 27 seconds. As the field neared the second turn, 1-5 favorite Maven edged off the pylons and began to mount a slow yet determined bid. Cedar Dove posted the next two fractions in 56 4/5 and 1:24 1/5 with only light pressure from Maven and only D’Orsay seemingly in with a chance.

Coming off the final turn, driver Yannick Gingras turned up the heat with Maven and seemed to be toying with the competition as the mare pulled away from runner-up Cedar Dove and third-place finisher D’Orsay with ease.

“I just didn’t want to do anything stupid coming around the final turn. She is good-gaited, but I just wanted to sit there because I knew I was a winner,” said Gingras.

Maven is owned by William Donovan and trained by Jonas Czernyson. The win was her tenth in 13 starts this year.

The $300,000 Open Mare Pace proved to be another exciting event despite the nasty weather.

Feeling You flew off the gate to lead Monkey On My Wheel past the opening quarter in 26 3/5. The lead was short-lived as Anndrovette came calling with a rush to the front. She would post the half-mile clocking in 54 1/5 and seemed to be in a good spot until another classy mare in Rocklamation, who pulled before the half, began to turn up the heat and almost too easily cleared the front by the 1:21 2/5 three-quarter marker.

Once in command Rocklamation would have to deal with Shelliscape and driver David Miller who had been tracking the live cover throughout. The two came through the stretch together with Shelliscape edging out Rocklamation at the wire in 1:50.

Anndrovette was third.

“I actually thought going into the race I’d be able to get around a couple,” said Miller on his early position in sixth. “I got Yannick (Rocklamation) out, which was good, but when he cleared around the final turn I was a little concerned.

“She beat them at Lexington pretty easily and I wasn’t a believer myself,” admitted Miller. “When I raced her last week (in the Breeders Crown elimination), even though she was third, I thought I had something special.”

Shelliscape won for the fourth time in 16 starts for new owner Bamond Racing, who purchased her in late September. She is trained by PJ Fraley.

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