10/21/2014 11:52AM

Dayton: Market Share looks to rebound in Trotting Derby

Derick Giwner
Market Share and trainer Linda Toscano.

For the first time since his rookie campaign on the track it appears unlikely that Market Share will earn at least $1 million during his racing year. After a string of poor efforts, the winner of $3,477,960 will attempt to get back on track in the inaugural $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday evening.

It has been an up and down year for the 5-year-old Market Share. While unable to win many of the major stakes for older trotters from June through the end of the summer, the Linda Toscano trainee was consistently earning large checks and building up his bankroll to $362,949. But it all fell apart in September and October.

Market Share broke in an open at Pocono Downs and followed it up with another miscue in the Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park. A start over the kind red clay surface at Lexington provided some relief but his fifth-place effort was at best an average performance for a horse of his quality.

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“He made three uncharacteristic breaks (this year) and I really don’t have great explanations for them,” said Toscano. “Timmy (Tetrick, driver) blamed himself at Pocono. He thought he had him too fired up. At Hoosier, the only thing I can think of is that I changed his shoes trying to make him better. The weather changed quickly and it started to rain. Maybe he didn’t grab hold of the track.”

Market Share didn’t exactly perk up in his most recent start at Balmoral park. He applied some light pressure first-over and faded back to sixth in the stretch. “I was hoping he would be better at Balmoral, but after he raced poorly we scoped him and found out he was sick,” said Toscano, who described the severity as “enough to compromise his performance”.

Market Share was originally thought to be headed for a match-up with Sebastian K in the International Trot Preview at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (10/25), but Toscano explained that she never committed to that engagement.

“They invited us but I never followed through or confirmed one way or another,” said Toscano. “He hasn’t been up to par and we thought Dayton was the best spot for him.”

Market Share has spent much of his recent skid on the road. He left his New Jersey digs in mid September and only made it back home to Showplace Farm on October 12, nearly a month out of his element. While home cooking is always nice, Market Share is a great shipper according to Toscano and wouldn’t have been affected by the time away.

On paper Market Share is one of three second-tier players behind the red-hot Creatine, who has won his last two starts in sub 1:52 times. The one advantage for Market Share came during the draw. Regular driver Tim Tetrick will be on hand in Dayton to drive the son of Revenue S from post four, two spots inside of Creatine, and also inside of logical contenders Daylon Magician (post 7) and Wishing Stone (post 9) in the field of nine.

Despite falling on hard times of late, Toscano remains confident in Market Share.

“I wouldn’t enter him if I thought he couldn’t go out and win. He just needs to get a win and get his confidence back,” she concluded.

Older pacers will also do battle in the $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. Foiled Again leads a field of seven from post three for regular driver Yannick Gingras. The Ron Burke trainee was installed as the 9-5 favorite. Second choice is stablemate Clear Vision at 2-1 from post two with Tim Tetrick in the bike.

The Pacing Derby kicks off the Dayton Grand Circuit stakes action as race 11 on the 14-race Friday card. The Trotting Derby is race 12. Post time for the first race is 6:35 p.m.