Driver Tim Tetrick
captured his third million-dollar race this year when the heavily-favored Market Share got up in the final strides to score by a neck in 1:52.2 in the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-olds, Saturday at Mohawk.
Tetrick, who won the $1.5 million Hambletonian
also with Market Share and the $1-million Metro Pace with Captaintreacherous
, joins Hall of Famers Bill O'Donnell and John Campbell as the only drivers in harness racing history to win three million-dollar races in a single season.
The Linda Toscano
-trained Market Share got away third behind elimination winner Little Brown Fox (Yannick
), who carved out the opening panel in :27.1. A parked-out Guccio
) made a bid for the lead into the backstretch, clearing before the half in :55.4. As the 10 trotters entered the final turn, Money On My Mind (Andy Miller), who was tracking the cover of a first-up Prestidigitator (Sylvain Filion
), made a break in stride, giving Tetrick
and Market Share room to angle to the outside.
put up the three-quarters in 1:24, Market Share unleashed a :27.3 final frame en route to the triumph in a stakes equalling time. Little Brown Fox skimmed the cones to finish second and Guccio
faded to third.
"He is just a good little horse,” said Tetrick
from the winner's circle. "He shows up and Linda does a great job with this horse. Every time he goes behind the gate he gives you a 110 (per cent). I am just so happy to be part of it.”
Market Share becomes the sixth Hambletonian winner in the last 12 years to win the Canadian Trotting Classic. He joins Yankee Paco (2000), Windsongs Legacy (2004), Donato Hanover (2007), Deweycheatumnhowe (2008) and Muscle Hill (2009).
The son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt has won six races in 14 seasonal starts. The 11-time career winner now boasts lifetime earnings $1,783,306 owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and William Augustine.
Tetrick was at a loss for words when asked about his first Trotting Classic victory being his third major stakes win of 2012. "This is my third $1-million race this year. I just don't know what to say. It's just amazing,” he said.
O'Donnell accomplished the feat in 1985 with Nihilator
in the Meadowlands Pace, Barberry Spur in the Governors Cup and Prakas
in the Hambletonian
. In 1995, Campbell did it with Davids
Pass in both the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup and Tagliabue in the Hambletonian
Despite a second-place finish, Gingras
was pleased with Little Brown Fox's performance. "I got beat by a good horse and he got a great trip,” said the reinsman
. "That's racing, but overall, I was really happy with my horse's effort.”
Market Share, who earned $500,000 for the victory, returned $3.30, $2.30 and $2.20, combining with Little Brown Fox ($3.30, $3.00) for a $9.80 (1-3) exactor. A 1-3-8 (Guccio
, $3.80) triactor
was worth $37.70, while a $1 Superfecta
[1-3-8-4 (Knows Nothing)] paid $60.35. (WEG)