Market Share, the New Jersey-sire son of Revenue, puts his six-race unbeaten harness racing streak on the line in the $138,300 Dexter Cup on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
The Dexter Cup, which has been contested since 1960, is one of the first stakes tests for three-year-old colt trotters. Sixteen trotting fillies will go postward on Friday, May 4, split into a pair of $38,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk, carded as the eighth and tenth races.
Market Share, driven by Jeff Gregory and trained by Linda Toscano, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Dexter Cup, Saturday’s featured tenth race. Market Share won the Dexter Cup elimination race last week in a career best of 1:57.1 in his 2012 debut.
He won five-of-five starts at two and now is a perfect six-for-six, all on Freehold’s half-mile track.
Owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, PA and Gary Cocco of New Town Square, NY, Market Share will leave from post five. He has a career bankroll of $63,910.
The field for the $138,300 Dexter Cup [from the rail out with driver, trainer and morning line odds]: Not Afraid, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter, 4-1; Frost Bites K, David Miller, Rich GIllock, 6-1; Southwind Austin, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 5-2; On The Podium, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 8-1; Market Share, Jeff Gregory, Linda Toscano, 8-5; Broadway Zinger, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 12-1; Trouble, George Brennan, Julie Miller, 5-2; Astarisborn Hanover, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker, 8-1.
Southwind Austin and Trouble are a Julie Miller-trained entry. On The Podium and Astarisborn Hanover are a Ray Schnittker-trained entry.
The Dexter Cup record of 1:55.3 was set by Anders Bluestone, driven by Tim Tetrick, in 2009.
The Lady Suffolk divisions highlight the Friday card. The stakes record for the Lady Suffolk, which debut in 1960 and moved from Yonkers to Freehold in 1992, is 1:57.3, held by Stacy Spice with John Campbell driving, in 1996.
This year’s fields --
8th Race: Proximity Four, Pat Berry, William Popfinger, 8-1; Glee, Steve Smith, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, 10-1; Chocolatta De Vie, Cat Manzi, Brian Roland, 7-2; Lima Playmate, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker, 3-1; Fernandacash, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna, 6-1; For A Dancer, Jeff Gregory, Joe Holloway, 9-2; Starglow Hall, Chris Ryder, Chris Ryder, 12-1 and Winning Sissy, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 5-1.
10th Race: Cocktail Attire, Tony Schadel, Linda Schadel, 3-1; Loose Deuce, Cat Manzi, Judith Welty, 7-2; Kristins Victory, Steve Smith, Karen Garland, 6-1; Mariongotchoclate, Pat Berry, William Popfinger, 9-2; All In The Muscles, Jeff Gregory, Julie Miller, 8-1; Bridge The Way, Wim Paal, Henrik Lundell, 12-1; American Lassie, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 5-1 and Fortunista, Mike Lachance, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, 10-1.
by Carol HODES for SBOANJ