05/03/2014 9:58PM

Harness: Will Market Share head to Elitlopp?

Derick Giwner
Market Share qualified in 1:52 4/5 on Saturday at the Meadowlands.

Trotters took center stage on Saturday morning during qualifying action at the Meadowlands as Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and Older Trotter of the Year Market Share went to post in the same race. Market Share came out way ahead with a sizzling 1:52 4/5 mile as questions continued to surface over whether the 5-year-old would head to the Elitlopp in Sweden.

Market Share assumed command quickly as Bee A Magician settled in fourth. The early fractions were soft—29, 58—before driver Tim Tetrick said go and Market Share sprinted the third quarter in 27 3/5 and the final panel in 27 1/5. The final winning margin at the wire was 8 3/4 over Fico, with Bee A Magician almost 16 lengths behind the winner in third.

Market Share will be heading to the A.J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands to begin his 2014 campaign. Eliminations (if necessary) will be contested on May 10 with the final slated for May 17. But what about the Elitlopp on May 25?

“They (Swedish officials) told me that they would revoke the invitation if I didn’t let them know in the next day or two, but I doubt they would do that after this qualifier,” said trainer Linda Toscano, who clearly was not ready to make the decision. Both trainer and co-owner (Richard Gutnick) were pointing fingers on Saturday morning looking for the other person to make the final decision.

“I’d love to go, but it is up to Linda and the horse,” said Gutnick.

According to Toscano, Market Share would have no trouble racing in both the Cutler and the Elitlopp. The horse would fly to Belgium on May 20, lay over two days and then ship to Sweden.

Bee A Magician was making her first trip to the track in 2014. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra, who was perfect in 17 starts last year, raced well according to driver Brian Sears.

“We just kind of cruised around the racetrack and she did exactly what I wanted her to,” said Sears, who described Bee A Magician as bigger and stronger than last year.

According to trainer “Nifty” Norman, Bee A Magician will qualify again next week.

Trainer Jimmy Takter also sent out a few notable trotters on the card. Three-year-old filly Lifetime Pursuit took care of business in 1:54 2/5 and fellow sophomore lass Shake It Cerry posted a 1:54 mile.

On the pace, Doo Wop Hanover, who won his Breeders Crown elimination last year before finishing sixth in the final, was a sharp winner in 1:51 2/5. The 3-year-old pacing colt was driven by John Campbell.