07/20/2013 9:58PM

Mohawk: Market Share continues his perfect run in Maple Leaf Trot

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Market Share won the Hambletonian last year and is perfect in three 2013 starts.

Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, kept his 2013 record perfect with an awesome display in the featured $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.

Sent postward as the prohibitive 2-5 choice over seven rivals, Market Share was allowed to settle in fourth for the first half mile before moving outside to challenge pacesetter Wishing Stone off the far turn.

When the pair straightened for home, Market Share took over after three-quarters and pulled away easily, posting a two and one-half length score in 1:51 1/5 over defending champion Mister Herbie, who had tracked the favorite throughout.  

Uncle Peter came on for third, while Wishing Stone, who had taken over from Knows Nothing after a 26 3/5 opening quarter, clocking a half in 54 3/5 and three-quarters in 1:24, faded to fourth.

It was the third win in just three starts this year for the four-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt, after a banner sophomore campaign which saw him win the famed Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic, en route to divisional honors while banking over $1.9 million in winning 10 of 20 starts.

“They were racing up front,” explained Tetrick.  “At the half they flushed me and I came first up.  My horse was game, just trotted right up to the leader and went right on by.  He continued to trot all the way to the wire.  I was playing it by ear (leaving from post 8).” 

Added Toscano, “I was really concerned because of the crazy heat that we’ve had.  So, it was about keeping him hydrated.   He was real good after the qualifier last week (a 1:50 3/5 mark at the Meadowlands) and I was hoping he was going to hold his form at least for today.

“You worry (about only two previous starts) because some of these horses are race tight.   It’s really a great group of horses.   I did what I could to keep him tight.   I was hoping to get another start into him earlier this month but it didn’t work out.

“He’s such an incredible over-achiever.  If anyone had told me that he was this kind of horse early last year I would have said ‘they were nuts’.   But he’s really got it figured out and proved he’s one of the best right now.”

Market Share joins an illustrious list of past champions who won this classic recently, horses such as San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner from 2009-2011, Peaceful Way in 2006 and Mr. Muscleman in 2004-05.  With the $271,500 winner’s share, he upped his career bankroll to over $2.3 million.

Mister Herbie, who has won over $1.3 million, was making only his fourth start of the campaign for trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis and driver Jody Jamieson.

“He was as ready as he could be for today with his health issues, but no excuses, Market Share has been awesome all year and continues to be,” said Jamieson.  “We have three weeks until Hambo day, that’s when the Nat Ray is, and we hope to have him peaking then.”

-edited release(WEG)