- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
- WE Handicapping Report
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Reports
- StorePast PerformancesREPORTSPICKSHarness PPs
Harness racing: Market Share targets second $1 million win in Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk
By Jay Bergman
Not many trotting experts anticipated where the 3-year-old division would be in the second week of September. Heading into Saturday’s $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, it seemed unrealistic to believe that Market Share, a son of the forgotten stallion Revenue S, would be on the precipice of capturing his second seven-figure race of the season.
The Hambletonian champion has a chance to become the fourth horse in the last six years to sweep the Hambo and Canadian Trotting Classic in the richest trotting race of the year north of the border at Mohawk Raceway.
Trainer Linda Toscano, who thought a year earlier that she had the goods to at least win her first Hambletonian with Chapter Seven, is surprised to be where she is with Market Share.
“He did go undefeated last year,” Toscano said. “But those were late in the year at Freehold against lesser company. He’s come a long way and he keeps getting stronger.”
Market Share has come a long way toward proving that his Hambletonian victory, by a neck against Guccio on the first Saturday in August, was no fluke. He has captured the Zweig at Vernon and was a solid second in the Colonial at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Last week, starting from post 9 in the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, he raced parked out the entire mile, but closed in gamely in the stretch to finish second.
The lack of a win in the elimination left Market Share’s connections in the open draw, and they drew the rail.
Was Toscano happy with the draw?
“Let’s just say I’m happy we didn’t draw the nine or the ten,” Toscano said.
Market Share has distinguished himself from his rivals because of his consistency and a professional nature on the racetrack. It seems as if he can race as well whether parked the mile or on the front end, with or without cover. In the Hambletonian, driver Tim Tetrick was able to wrestle the lead without cover and then sprint away at a critical point in the stretch. Last week, despite sacrificing a ton of ground to race winner Little Brown Fox, the colt never quit and just kept grinding up to his rival.
Toscano credits the colt’s impressive rise to the fact that he’s a “sound and happy horse.”
Unlike a year ago when he won all five races, Market Share has been able to show he can shine with the best in the class. There won’t be any new faces in the Canadian Trotting Classic that Market Share hasn’t already competed against, yet his trainer knows there are a few who could upset her charge.
“Guccio can finish as well as any horse out there,” Toscano said. “And Little Brown Fox has shown plenty of speed throughout the year.”
The trainer also considers elimination winner Knows Nothing (post 4) as a formidable rival. That colt sat on Market Share’s back in the Hambletonian and was unable to threaten in the stretch. Perhaps racing on his home turf and the addition of Lasix will give Knows Nothing a better shot at redemption Saturday.
The Jimmy Takter-trained tandem of Little Brown Fox and Guccio pack a solid uncoupled entry in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Little Brown Fox (post 3) has captured three of his last four races with driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky. The colt owns two sub-1:52 miles among his six victories to date, but as yet has not won the big one.
Guccio (post 8) hopes to improve on his bridesmaid status. The son of Yankee Glide has earned $490,000, primarily with five second-place finishes in 10 starts this year. Trainer Takter pilots Guccio in the 10-horse field.
Gym Tan Laundry (post 6) another son of Yankee Glide has been close to a major upset before on Ontario soil and certainly enters the race in top condition. Last week, he was hard-used to get the lead and fought bravely, finishing second behind Knows Nothing in one elimination heat. Jack Moiseyev, who captured last year’s edition with Daylon Magician, has been wielding a hot hand in the bike over the last month and will guide the gelding.
While Market Share is the richest standardbred in North America this season with $1,247,056 in the bank, trainer Toscano also guides the fortunes of the best aged trotter in the sport, Chapter Seven. Though the 4-year-old was upset in the $200,000 Credit Winner last Friday at Vernon, the trainer hasn’t lost any confidence.
“It was just a situation where it was a small field, and the winner [Hot Shot Blue Chip] outsprinted him. Chapter Seven is fine,” Toscano said.
Following Saturday’s race, the likelihood is that both Market Share and Chapter Seven will race in separate stakes events at The Red Mile at the end of the month.
But first Market Share will try to join an elite list of recent Hambletonian-Canadian Trotting Classic sweepers that includes Muscle Hill, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Donato Hanover by winning his second $1 million race of the year.
The Canadian Trotting Classic is race 7 on Mohawk’s 13-race card. First post is slated for 7:10 p.m.
- 1.Posted 06/16/2013 08:05PM
- 2.Posted 06/17/2013 01:04PM
- 3.Posted 06/15/2013 01:52PM
- 4.Posted 06/17/2013 01:00PM
- 5.Posted 06/17/2013 04:52PM