09/16/2012 10:20AM

Mohawk: Market Share takes Canadian Trotting Classic by a neck

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Market Share, driven by Tim Tetrick, narrowly prevails over Little Brown Fox in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk.

He has got a knack for making it close, but Market Share also knows how to close the deal. On Saturday, for the second time this year, the 3-year-old Market Share won a $1 million race by a minimal margin. Again it was a neck that separated the Tim Tetrick-driven Market Share from Little Brown Fox, this time in the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk.

Market Share started from the rail. That can prove troublesome at Mohawk and did in fact become somewhat problematic on this night. With Little Brown Fox leaving alertly from post 3, Tetrick was determined to leave as well. Elimination winner Knows Nothing also was alert out of the gate from post 4  but Market Share and Tetrick were not about to let him into the two-hole and protected position,  forcing Knows Nothing and driver Jody Jamieson to back into a three- hole.

The first quarter was spirited with Little Brown Fox in control through a 27 1/5-second clocking. The surprise in the race was that Hambletonian runner-up Guccio, a confirmed closer, had left the gate for driver Jimmy Takter looking for position. Much like Jamieson, Takter had trouble getting to the rail as longshot Solvato closed any potential hole approaching the quarter pole. That left Guccio out, but Takter elected to press on and drive for the lead. Guccio had control by the half way point in 55 4/5 and seemed quite comfortable.

From this point forward it appeared as if Tetrick and the 3-5 favored Market Share were in a world of trouble. The Takter tandem of Guccio and Little Brown Fox were racing first and second and Prestidigitator was ranging up without cover leading an outside procession and keeping Market Share firmly boxed in.

That situation changed radically late on the final turn when Money On My Mind, tracking second over, broke stride allowing Market Share to slip out behind cover as the field crossed the three- quarter barrier in a sensible 1:24 clocking.

As has been the case right throughout the season, nothing has come easy for Market Share, though he did rally off cover, Guccio bore out somewhat, allowing Little Brown Fox to come through on the inside and Prestidigitator was still trotting. Also gaining contention was Knows Nothing between horses, leaving the $500,000 first-place prize up for grabs.

In the late stages, Market Share found his best stride and was able to rally past Little Brown Fox along the rail for the neck decision. Guccio was extremely brave and finished third, just a half-length behind the winner. The final time of 1:52 2/5 equaled the stakes record first set in 2006 by Majestic Son and then matched by Lucky Chucky in 2010. For driver Tetrick it was the second $1 million score in the last two weeks at Mohawk, having captured the Metro with Captaintreacherous.

Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, and William Augustine own Market Share, who is trained by Linda Toscano.

Two major juvenile trotting races supported the undercard at Mohawk on Saturday. Bee A Magician, a $90,000 yearling purchase last November, put an end to To Dream On’s undefeated ways by capturing the $435,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old fillies.  Bee A Magician had to rough it somewhat as the 1-5 favorite To Dream On had control of the action through a very soft 57 1/5 opening half. Driver Rick Zeron moved Bee A Magician, the 5-2 second choice, to the outside and was fortunate to move into the pocket behind the favorite through the accelerated 27 4/5 third-quarter split. In the stretch Bee A Magician showed her determination, outsprinting To Dream On and driver David Miller by a neck. The time for the mile was 1:53 4/5 a personal best for the winner and just a fifth slower than Win Missy B’s record performance in the race a year ago.

Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee own the filly who now sports 7 wins in 9 starts this year. Nifty Norman does the conditioning.

While one undefeated streak was snapped another stayed firmly in place when Wheeling N Dealin scored a decisive 1:55 3/5 victory in the $462,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters. A $100,000 yearling purchase by Ecurie Synergie of Montreal last November at Harrisburg, Wheeling N Dealin is now 7 for 7 for trainer Dustin Jones and driver Sylvain Filion. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Wheeling N Dealin finished  1 3/4 lengths  in front of Murmur Hanover with My Man Can third.

The top pacing mares were also in action at Mohawk seeking berths in the $400,000 Milton Stakes this Saturday.  Drop The Ball paced past Put On A Show in the first $50,000 elimination heat. The race was contested more like a training mile with Drop The Ball leaving sharply to gain control and then yielding to the favored Put On A Show past the 27 1/5 opening quarter. From that point, Jody Jamieson steering the favorite, put the brakes on reaching the half in 55 1/5 and three-quarters in morning workout speed of 1:25. That set the stage for a sprint and once Yannick Gingras had found racing room for Drop The Ball the race was essentially over. The 4r-year-old by Drop The Ball cruised to a 1:51 4/5 victory. Put On A Show finished second with Krispy Apple, Radar Contact, and Swinging Beauty all reaching the final.

The second elimination turned into a heated match race between Anndrovette and Rebeka Bayama. Anndrovette, the 3-2 second choice,  marched to the front before the half with Tim Tetrick in tow and battled odds-on favorite Rebeka Bayama much of the final half. Anndrovette showed her gameness, turning back the favorite by a neck while posting a 1:50 mile, final half in a brisk 54 2/5. Rocklamation, Waasmula and Ginger And Fred will join the top pair for the final.


$384,000 Milton Final

1. Put On A Show
2. Drop The Ball
3. Krispy Apple
4. Anndrovette
5. Rocklamation
6. Swinging Beauty
7. Ginger And Fred
8. Radar Contact
9. Waasmula
10. Rebeka Bayama
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