Market Share wore down the leading Maven to win the $200,000 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:52.1 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Linda Toscano trains the 4-year-old Revenue S horse, who last won his $600,000 Breeders Crown test at Pocono Downs. It was the 20th career victory for Market Share and gave Tetrick his second of three American National crowns on the evening's program.
Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral stretch to win the $200,000 American National Aged Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY.
Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his 16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for these connections.
After Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) took the early lead, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge on the outside, as the field went through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:21.3.
"I was just waiting to see what was going to happen at the start and a bunch of them left early,” said Miller. "They were down to the half in pretty good shape. He's a tremendous horse and never ceases to amaze me. Those last few steps tonight were really amazing.”
Foiled Again, Warrawee Needy (Tim Tetrick) and Pet Rock battled as a trio all the way down the stretch, but in the end, it was Pet Rock on the far outside who gutted out the win—his second consecutive victory and his fourth in his last six starts.
In the Open Trot, Uncle Peter (David Miller) had taken the lead to the :28 first quarter before yielding to the speedy Mister Herbiie (Brian Sears). The mare Maven (Yannick Gingras), making her first start against the boys, then came flying first up, taking control of the race at the :56.3 half. She continued to lead through the final turn as Market Share and Tetrick drew even with her. These two continued to battled through the stretch and Market Share then drew off in the final eighth of the mile to win by a length over the gutsy Maven. Mister Herbie finished third.
"He's a nice little horse and he's a great money maker so you can't beat that,” Tetrick said. "I took a chance coming out but it worked out. My horse is real handy, and Maven is a great filly and she's not easy to get by, but my horse is just awesome. I think he's peaking at the right time.”
Market Share added the winner's share of $96,000 to his already hefty bankroll of $2,763,011. (Balmoral Park)