05/14/2015 11:19AM

Meadowlands: Market Share aims for Cutler Memorial victory

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Market Share won the Hambletonian in 2012.

He’s the class of the field. Market Share brings a hefty bankroll of more than $3.6 million to the table on Saturday night, but the now six-year-old former Hambletonian winner must prove himself once again in the $183,650 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands.

It may be early in the season, but in past years the Linda Toscano-trained stallion has been up for the task. He had started the last two campaigns on a positive note, yet in last week’s Cutler preliminary Market Share didn’t get a check, finishing sixth.

“I thought he would be a little better than that,” said Tim Tetrick, his regular pilot since 2012. “He finished out OK in :27.”

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Last year Market Share made his first start in a more meaningful Cutler elimination race and scored in 1:50 3/5, coming back directly off a 1:52 4/5 qualifying mile. In comparison, this year he was four lengths behind last year’s top three-year-old Father Patrick in a qualifier individually timed in 1:54 2/5 and trotted in 1:52 3/5 in last week’s sixth-place finish in the $50,000 Cutler Prep.

“He is getting older,” said Tetrick.

Yet as we all know in this business, one race or even one off the board finish can hardly disqualify a horse of the caliber of Market Share. He’s been a horse that’s been counted out many a time and come back impressively. Take last year’s $500,000 TVG final. Just a week after a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands, the son of Revenue S rallied sharply to be second, a reversal of form to some but not those that understand the trotting breed.

The field for this year’s Cutler appears considerably weaker than the 2014 edition that became the coming out party for Sebastian K and included Arch Madness, Modern Family and Intimidate. Market Share didn’t fare all that well in that race, having broken stride early. But this year’s edition seems wide-open on paper despite the presence of 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. The five-year-old mare has come back with two solid performances this year for trainer Nifty Norman and appears the one to beat from post eight in the evening’s seventh race. Undefeated in 2013, Bee A Magician showed her speed and power scoring in 1:51 3/5 in last week’s prep. Things figure to be slightly different this time with more money on the line and the likelihood of more early speed.

Wind of the North and DW’s NY Yank are two horses with early speed that have been quite sharp throughout 2015. Wind Of The North (post 6) has been improving in each start for trainer Daryl Bier, who last year sent out the ill-fated Modern Family to a place finish in the Cutler. DW’s NY Yank (post 2) made a break at the start in last week’s prep mile and did show a high turn of speed before giving way. With a smoother journey, Yannick Gingras should have him in good position.

It would be wise not to count out Melady’s Monet even though he’ll start from the outside post 10. A winner in six of 10 starts in 2015, the Kevin McDermott-trained gelding was a quality third with an adverse trip a week ago.

Tetrick may get his night off to a fast start should Lindys Old Lady look anywhere near as sharp as she was in her career debut on May 8 at the Meadowlands. “I only raced her one time and just the last quarter,” said Tetrick. “She was really strong and she should get better.”

The Lindy Farms homebred pacing filly drew post four in the first $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division for three-year-olds carded as race one.

Tetrick will guide Western Pioneer (post 2) in the first of two New Jersey Sire Stakes events for sophomore pacing colts, race four on the program. “He raced decently in his first start,” said Tetrick, hoping the Nancy Johansson-trained colt improves. He’s going to have to in a field that includes last year’s champion freshman Artspeak (post 4) and Dealt A Winner (post 1), a winner of five of six starts during a limited two-year-old campaign.

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