Day At The Track

Hambletonian champion does it again

04:02 PM 17 Jun 2017 NZST
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King On The Hill winning the first race on the card tonight
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 16, 2017) - One is closing in on $3.8 million in lifetime earnings. The other has a hump. But both Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian champion, and Guyanastan Gal, the 2017 Cameltonian champ, shared the harness racing spotlight on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

In the featured $15,000 conditioned trot, Market Share was last in the compact field of six through the opening half mile. Roundtown Rocker fronted the field through the half mile in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.4.

As the field turned for home, Hall of Famer John Campbell, who was driving Market Share for the first time in his 94-start career, tipped the son of Revenue off cover and the 32-time winner exploded with a :27.2 last quarter to win by a length as the 2-5 favorite in 1:53.3.

Roundtown Rocker held second while Jewels In Hock, one of two mares in the field, held the show spot.

Meanwhile, Friday night also marked the annual Camel and Ostrich races.

In the "Cameltonian," Guyanastan Gal dominated her three humped rivals to win by open lengths. Earlier in the evening, Lone Petunia rallied from a slow start to sweep the field and win a three-bird photo in the 6th Annual Ostrich Derby, despite her driver dropping his broom in deep stretch.

A large and enthusiastic crowd cheered on all of their favorite two and four-legged animals despite rain showers earlier in the day.

Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,744,602. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m.

For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.

Justin Horowitz

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