Market Share became harness racing’s newest world record holder, becoming the fastest trotter ever to race on a five-eighths mile track in scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in capturing the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday.
Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013. Sevruga was in the race today and finished second to Market Share.
The Maxie Lee, named after the long time harness racing trainer from the Delaware Valley, started off with Sevruga and driver Ron Pierce taking the early lead away from Daylon Magician (Mark MacDonald) and Arch Madness (George Brennan) to the opening quarter in :26.1. Market Share got away in fourth place.
Then after the half mile marker in :54.3, Tetrick sent Market Share after the leaders in the backstretch, settled briefly in second behind Sevruga at the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then came right out after the race leader on the final turn.
Coming down the stretch, Tetrick and Market Share pulled away from Sevruga and scored with ease by two open lengths. Sevruga was second with DW’s NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) third.
"I knew he was going to do it (win the race) but did not think he could do 1:50 here." Said co-owner Richard Gutnick.. This is such a special race for me because Maxie Lee was one of my mentors in racing. He taught me how to work with horses, job my first horse and to win this race in his memory is extra special."
"He just looked fabulous," said co-owner Bill Augustine. "Down the backside he just gobbled up track, then turning for home he looked so strong. He is really at the top of his game.
It was the second win in three starts this year for Market Share, who was last year’s Dan Patch award winner as the top older trotting horse in racing. The five-year-old stallion by Revenue S is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. He paid $2.60 to win as the betting favorite.
In the eighth race $30,000 Winners Over Pace, Heston Blue Chip was able to use the passing lane to edge Bettors Glass by a head in 1:50.3 in a close four-horse photo finish.
Leaving from post eight, driver George Brennan was able to get third position with Heston Blue Chip as Emeritus Maximus (Ron Pierce) led the field. Besthetyet (George Napolitano, Jr.) had come first-over with Bettors Glass (Tim Tetrick) on their backs and in the backstretch Bestjetyet made a break. Bettors Glass then became the first-over horse but continued to challenge Emeritus Maximus as they started down the stretch.
With the pocket-sitting Abelard Hanover tiring, Brennan was able to move Heston Blue Chip to the inside and secure the victory with Bettors Glass second, Emeritus Maximus third and a late closing Dedi’s Dragon (Matt Kakaley) fourth in the photo.
Trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY, it was the second win this year for Heston Blue Chip who paid $9.00 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com