Market Share, Check Me Out win Zweigs
August 26, 2012
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Hambletonian winner Market Share scored a two-length victory in a stakes and track record 1:52.1 in Sunday afternoon's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot at Vernon Downs. The 3-year-old colt was driven by Tim Tetrick, who also directed Check Me Out to a world record-equaling 1:51.3 victory in the companion $150,000 Zweig Trot for 3-year-old fillies.
Market Share rallied from fifth at the half, with Tetrick following the live first-over cover of the Ron Pierce-driven Magic Tonight. Market Share was able to move past his cover in midstretch before going on to cross the wire two lengths in front. Finishing third was Trond Smedshammer's Solvato.
Trained by Linda Toscano, Market Share won for the sixth time in 13 starts this year. Sandwiched between his Hambo and Zweig win was a second-place finish in the Colonial Trot. The son of Revenue is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. Market Share's 2012 earnings moved past $1.23 million with his Zweig score.
Tetrick also was fifth at the half with Check Me Out, content to bide his time as Win Missy B and driver Brian Sears set fractions of :25.4 and :55.2. Check Me Out then rallied fast, moving to the lead past the 1:23.3 three-quarters and going on to defeat the tempo-setter by 1 1/4 lengths. Finishing third was the Jim Morrill Jr.-driven Cowgirl Hall, who joined Check Me Out as part of a four-horse common-ownership entry that was sent off the 1-9 favorite. While Win Missy B raced alone on the toteboard, another four-horse common ownership entry reduced the nine-horse field to just three betting interests.
Trainer Ray Schnittker shares ownership of Check Me Out with Charles Iannazzo. The daughter of Donato Hanover won for the eighth time in 10 starts this year and 22nd in 26 career earnings, equaling the world record she set July 14 in the Del Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands. She has 2012 earnings topping $730,000.