Market Share, Toscano make Hambo history!
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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.
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.”