Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took advantage of an early break by Wishing Stone and worked out a perfect trip behind pacesetter and betting favorite, Intimidate (Ron Pierce) then outkicked Mister Herbie (Jody Jamieson) to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown by a long nose.
The 2012 Hambletonian winner and Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share got off to a winning start in 2013 but as of late had been unable to win in his last seven starts but picked a perfect time to come back to winning form.
Intimidate went right out to the early lead with Market Share sitting on his back through the opening panel in :26.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :54.3 as Arch Madness and trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer started moving first-over. Then in the backstretch, Jamieson came first-over with Mister Herbie and started to collar Intimidate at the three-quarters in 1:22.1.
As the field started down the stretch, Intimidate was all done, Mister Herbie had the lead but Market Share started up the inside and looked to pass Mister Herbie by but Mister Herbie came back again but was too late at the wire in 1:51. Arch Madness was third.
“It changed things when he (Wishing Stone) went off stride,” Tetrick said. “It surprised me so I figured I better get behind him (Intimidate). If Wishing Stone don’t run then he is in that spot. It worked out. On the last turn he came on and was great.”
It was the fourth win this year for Market Share. The four-year-old stallion by Revenue is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables and Bill Augustine. He paid $6.00 to win.
“He (Market Share) has had his share of bad posts this year,” said Linda Tocano. “Tonight he got a good trip from the rail. It was not where we wanted to start from tonight but it worked out fine.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com