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Market Share, Toscano make Hambo history!

August 04, 2012

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Market Share and Linda Toscano made history Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands winning the 87th edition of the Hambletonian for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52.1. Toscano became the first female trainer to win the prestigious $1.5 million event with the Revenue S colt, a $16,000 yearling purchase. It was also the first Hambo win for driver Tim Tetrick, and proved sweet redemption after a miscue one race earlier in the Oaks.

Drawing post two after winning his elimination, Market Share was in contention early for Tetrick. Gym Tan Laundry was sent to the front by George Brennan from the outside, leading the field through the turn before being shuffled when favorite Uncle Peter was placed on the lead through fractions of :27.2 and :54.3. Tetrick made his move after the half, pulling Market Share and marching first up racing into the turn (1:22.3).

Racing out of the turn, the colt continued to grind, pushing past a tiring Uncle Peter and Ron Pierce as challengers mounted in the stretch. Gucchio, driven by Jimmy Takter, and My MVP and Mike LaChance closed on the leader late in the mile but came up short at the wire. Uncle Peter faded to eighth.

Market Share is owned by Richard Gutnick, who recently sold shares in the colt to TLP Stable and William Augustine. Gutnick also owns Nat Ray winner Chapter Seven. Sent off at 4-1 odds, Market Share shaved one-fifth of a second off his lifetime best, set in his Hambletonian elimination win. He returned $10.80, $6.00 and $5.00 in the win.The victory was the 10th in 16 career starts for the sophomore, whose earnings now stand at nearly $1.3 million.
"Pinch me, because I can't believe it really happened," Toscano said of winning the Hambletonian. "We talked about it, Timmy and I, and we decided we're not going to let the race come to us, we were going to push it. I knew that my horse was up for a good race. He was healthy and sound and happy. I just hoped the wire would get there in a hurry."

After finishing eighth in the Hambletonian Oaks with Check Me Out following a break late in the mile, Tetrick earned a win in a race that had eluded him in six previous attempts. Finishing second with Crazed in 2008, Saturday’s win was a breakthrough victory for the sports leading money winning driver.

"It’s a dream come true. I never thought I’d get to race in the Hambletonian, let alone win it,” Tetrick said. "When I was a kid dreaming of being a catch driver I never thought this would happen.”

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