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MARKET SHARE WINS HIS ELIM IN 1:53

Market Share has visited six different states and the Canadian province of Ontario during his award-winning harness racing career, but has never been to Ohio. That will change this weekend. Coming off a world-record performance 10 days ago, Market Share heads to Scioto Downs for Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Market Share drew post four in a field of 10 and will be driven by Jeff Gregory for trainer Linda Toscano. The Charlie Hill Memorial field also features Arch Madness, Archangel, Creatine, Undercover Strike, Modern Family, Fusion Man, Major Athens, Rompaway Beau, and DW's NY Yank. Toscano said she was "on the fence" whether to go to the race, particularly because Market Share's regular driver, Tim Tetrick, would be unavailable due to commitments in Canada, but made the decision after talking with owner Richard Gutnick. "We sat down yesterday and talked about it," Toscano said. "We made a 'pro' and 'con' list and the only thing on the 'con' list was we're not going to have our driver. But we're very fortunate to have Jeff Gregory in the barn and there's a break from Yonkers and the New York Sire Stakes this week, so he can go and drive the horse. "Our next main goal is to have him as good as we can for the Maple Leaf Trot (in mid-July). I think this race fits his schedule nicely and he seems good. I understand the track is great out there, so we're going to take a shot." Gregory drove Market Share to a 5-for-5 season as a 2-year-old in 2011. For his career, the 5-year-old Market Share has won 23 of 42 races and earned $3.26 million. He was named the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter and the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter. He is owned by Gutnick, TLP Stable, and Bill Augustine. Market Share's victories include the 2012 Hambletonian Stakes and Canadian Trotting Classic, the 2013 Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot, and this year's Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. In winning the Maxie Lee on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Market Share trotted history's fastest mile on a five-eighths track, sto "He came out of the Maxie Lee really, really well," Toscano said. "He had a nice easy week last week and should be ready to go." Market Share is not the only star in the Charlie Hill Memorial. Ten-year-old Arch Madness is one of just nine trotters to earn more than $4 million in career purses. He has won 34 of 111 lifetime races, including the 2007 Breeders Crown, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, and 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. He is a two-time runner-up in the international invitational Elitlopp in Sweden. Archangel and Creatine both won Trotting Triple Crown races at age 3; Archangel capturing the 2012 Yonkers Trot and Creatine the 2013 Kentucky Futurity. Modern Family is coming into the Charlie Hill off a second-place finish in the Cutler Memorial on May 17 and has finished no worse than third in 11 starts this year. He has won five times. DW's NY Yank leads the field in earnings this year, with $171,600, and has exceled on smaller tracks. He has won nine of his last 14 starts around five-eighths-mile ovals and failed to hit the board only once. "It's going to be a good race," Toscano said. "It all goes to promoting the horse and promoting the industry. That's the beauty of the older horses. I think we're going to find that the older horses really develop a following. People really like watching quality horses race. "Years ago, the horse was the star. I'm all about making the horse the star. I believe in it. I love that." Racing in Ohio has enjoyed a resurgence since the introduction of video lottery terminals in 2012 and has attracted some of the sport's best horses for Grand Circuit events. "It's nice to see Ohio is getting back on the map again," Toscano said. "They've always been good fans. Probably the single-biggest turnout every year is the Little Brown Jug, so Ohio has been very good to Standardbred racing. It's kind of fun to be able to pay back a little bit and go out there and race." Here is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Arch Madness, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Trond Smedshammer; 2. Archangel, Chris Page, Ron Burke; 3. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart; 4. Market Share, Jeff Gregory, Linda Toscano; 5. Undercover Strike, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Tony O'Sullivan; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier; 7. Fusion Man, Dan Noble, Jeff Smith; 8. Major Athens, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock; 9. Rompaway Beau, Don Harmon, Krista Harmon; 10. DW's NY Yank, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Ron Burke. DW's NY Yank will start from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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

CUTLER MEMORIAL TROT, LAVERNE HILL PACE & MORE!

Richard Gutnick looked at the field for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack and reached a conclusion that might be bad for an owner, but good for a harness racing fan. Gutnick, fortunately, is both. "It's not going to be an easy race, but it's going to be a good race," said Gutnick, who co-owns two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share. "It's like a who's who of harness racing. To me, these are the (races) you're waiting for. Races like this where you're racing against the best, you can't take anything for granted. "I'm excited about the year. There are a lot of tough horses out there, especially when you add in the 4-year-olds that are coming back, and it's going to be a tough year. But that's what racing is all about. I like when we go against the best. It's how you find out how good you are." Market Share was among 15 horses entered in the Cutler, so two $40,000 eliminations will be held Saturday night at the Big M. The top five finishers from each division will return for the $180,000 estimated final on May 17. The first elim in post order is Sebastian K, Sweet Justice, DW's NY Yank, Intimidate, Archangel, Modern Family, Americash Express, and Upfront Billy. The second elim in post order is Sevruga, Market Share, Daylon Magician, Possessed Fashion, Quick Deal, Undercover Strike, and Arch Madness. Market Share, a 5-year-old who has won 21 of 39 career races and $3.11 million, is making his 2014 debut. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share's top wins include the 2012 Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic and the 2013 Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. He received the 2012 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male trotter and the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. Market Share prepped for the Cutler with two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, winning the second on May 3 in 1:52.4 with a :54.4 final half-mile. "I was very happy with his qualifiers," said Gutnick, who owns Market Share with TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. "Last week he did the second half under a hold, at least toward the end he was not being asked (to go). It's nice when you have a horse that can leave fast and close fast. He can do both." Sebastian K, an 8-year-old, will be making his North American debut with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Sebastian K, who was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012, has won 26 of 63 career races and the equivalent of $2.29 million in U.S. dollars. He finished last season by winning the Group 1 Aby Stora Pris for the second consecutive year. Intimidate won the 2012 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and has captured 21 of 30 career starts and $605,293. Archangel was the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner and spent 2013 in the stallion shed. He has won 14 of 32 races and $906,579 lifetime. Modern Family and Sweet Justice are among three trotters sharing this season's fastest mile to date, 1:51.1. Sevruga is the defending Cutler champion and has won 28 of 64 races and $913,566 in his career. Arch Madness, who won the Cutler in 2010, has won 34 of 108 starts and $4.14 million lifetime. Other top wins for Arch Madness include the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old males, the 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, and 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. Saturday's card also features the opening round of the TVG Free For All Series for older male pacers. The field in post order is Modern Legend, Thinking Out Loud, Foiled Again, Word Power, Sweet Lou, Bolt The Duer, Warrawee Needy, Dovuto Hanover, Bettor's Edge, and Golden Receiver. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Even now as trainer Linda Toscano thinks about 5-year-old trotter Market Share's path to stardom, she shakes her head in disbelief. "Timmy and I were talking about it the other day," Toscano said, referring to Market Share's regular driver, Tim Tetrick. "Never, never in a million years did we dream that this horse could be this kind of horse. He's just one of those horses that enjoys his work and tries real hard. It's surprising, but that's good." Market Share, a two-time Dan Patch Award-winning division champion, is expected to be among the numerous big names heading to the Meadowlands on Saturday morning for qualifiers. Also in that group should be Jimmy Takter trotting standouts Father Patrick, Nuncio, and Shake It Cerry. As a 2-year-old Market Share won all five of his starts at half-mile-oval Freehold Raceway, but Toscano and principal owner Richard Gutnick were uncertain if he could excel at the big tracks, such as the Meadowlands. All Market Share did at age 3 was win the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk en route to earnings of $2 million. He was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. Last season, his wins included the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, TVG Free For All Series Championship and American-National Stakes. He led all older trotters with $1.07 million in purses and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "It's a treat to be able to bring one back like that as a 5-year-old," Toscano said. "Fortunately his owner likes to race. Hopefully he'll come back as good as he was. "By bringing back the older horses, people recognize the names and the horses become the stars again. I think that's what is missing in our industry. I think it's a real good thing." Gutnick, who was harness racing's Owner of the Year in 2012 when he also campaigned Horse of the Year Chapter Seven, shares ownership of Market Share with TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. * * * Jimmy Takter expects to bring more than a dozen horses to Saturday's qualifiers at the Meadowlands, among them some of the biggest names in harness racing: Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Nuncio, and Lifetime Pursuit. Father Patrick was last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter and Shake It Cerry was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter. Nuncio, who last year raced for trainer Jim Oscarsson but joined the Takter Stable during the winter after Oscarsson returned to his native Sweden, was a stakes winner and four-time runner-up to Father Patrick. Lifetime Pursuit also was a stakes winner. In the Hoof Beats predictive rankings for 3-year-old trotters, based on projected earnings this season, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry and Nuncio all rated in the top four. Lifetime Pursuit was No. 12. "All of them are coming back awesome," Takter said. "It should be interesting." Another of Takter's standouts, 5-year-old trotter Uncle Peter, debuts Friday night at the Meadowlands. Uncle Peter earned $519,232 last year - second to only Market Share among older trotters - and trotted the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, 1:50.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. * * * Market Share and Uncle Peter have both been mentioned as possible invitees for the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden, but trainers Toscano and Takter are taking wait-and-see approaches when it comes to deciding whether they would send the horses. Travel logistics are a concern, as well as wanting to see how the horses race this season. If he goes out Friday and shows me something, I might go to Denmark first and race him two weeks earlier in the Copenhagen Cup," Takter said about Uncle Peter. "We'll see. He's the world record holder on the five-eighths track. He's a good horse." The Copenhagen Cup, traditionally held the second weekend in June, is May 11 this year. The Elitlopp is May 25. * * * Five-year-old male pacer Bolt The Duer qualified for the second time this year on Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, winning in 1:54.1. Regular driver Mark MacDonald was at the lines for trainer Pete Foley. Afterward, MacDonald tweeted, "Bolt The Duer sharp again today; one more fast qualifier next week then the first leg of TVG (Series) at the Meadowlands. Came back great." (You can follow MacDonald at @MarkMacRacing.) Bolt The Duer, who has set multiple world records during his career, has won 19 of 47 lifetime races and $1.72 million for owner All Star Racing. * * * After a year in which he dominated in Pennsylvania, 3-year-old male pacer Allstar Partner is taking his game on the road. The John Butenschoen trainee makes his 2014 debut as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $49,015 Reynolds Memorial at the Meadowlands. Allstar Partner won last season's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers on his way to earning $282,454 for owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. He was victorious in seven of 10 races, including divisions of the Historic-Goshen Cup and Arden Downs, while making all of his starts in Pennsylvania. A son of stallion Four Starzzz Shark out of the mare Faithful Ideal, the horse was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. "I'm happy with him," Butenschoen said. "He had a very uneventful winter. He grew up like you would hope; he's a bigger, stronger version of himself." Allstar Partner, who was driven most often by Corey Callahan, had a six-race win streak stopped by a third-place finish in a division of the Keystone Classic to end 2013. "We scoped him and he had bled, so we've put him on Lasix," Butenschoen said. "That's the only difference this year compared to last year. "We've paid him into quite a few (stakes races) this year. If he's good enough, he'll get a shot. Some of the horses he beat (in Pennsylvania) last year did well in open company." The stakes races to which Allstar Partner is eligible include the Meadowlands Pace, American-National Stakes, Carl Milstein Memorial, Circle City, Matron Stakes, and Monument Circle, plus events in Pennsylvania. Here is the field for Saturday's Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers: 1. Frankandjoanne, 2. Stratos Hanover, 3. Best Said, 4. The Lunch Pail, 5. Air Force Grad, 6. Card Shock, 7. Parnu Hanover, 8. Allstar Partner, 9. Always B Miki. * * * Driver David Miller entered Friday needing 13 wins to reach 11,000 for his career. He ranks No. 8 for most victories in North American harness racing history. Stephane Bouchard entered Friday needing three wins to reach 8,000. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

This Week: W.N. Reynolds Memorial 3-year-old paces, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a pair of W.N. Reynolds Memorial stakes for 3-year-old pacers on the Saturday night (Dec. 7) card with the $58,000 (est.) contest for colts and the $50,000 (est.) race for fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack featured a big stakes card last Saturday night (Nov. 30) led by the TVG FFA finals for pacers and trotters. Foiled Again, who will be 10 years old in less than a month, won the $512,000 TVG FFA pacing final by a head in 1:49.2 against a field with $17.7 million in collective earnings. The win pushed Foiled Again's lifetime earnings to $6,030,968. Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were first off the gate, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :26 with Bolt The Duer on his back. Foiled Again was right up and at him at the three-eighths to take the lead away and took the field to the :53.1 half. Pet Rock made a bid for the lead past the half but could not get by Foiled Again through the 1:22 three-quarters. Throughout the deep stretch, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) faced relentless pressure from the 8-year-old Golden Receiver, second oldest horse in the race, who came up the rail, but Foiled Again maintained his march to the finish line for the win. Foiled Again, who paid $7.80 to win, is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) trotted hard and fast every step of the mile, bursting off the gate to get the lead and never relinquishing it to win the $500,000 TVG FFA Trot in 1:51 by three-quarters of a length. The win pushed his lifetime earnings to $3,115,011. Market Share and Tetrick came off the gate from the outside post seven to press for the front and made it there in :26.2 at the quarter and held that lead with Uncle Peter (David Miller) on his back to the :55 half. Arch Madness came off the rail from fourth after the half to make a bid on the outside for the lead, still held by Market Share at the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Market Share pulled off two lengths from the field at the head of stretch, but Uncle Peter charged hard in the final strides to be second with a fast closing Guccio (Jimmy Takter) out and moving three wide at the head of the stretch, but he could not pass the leaders and was third. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Tom and Louis Pontone, Bill Augustine and Richard Gutnick. He is a 4-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt. Bee A Magician made it a perfect 17 for 17 with her one length victory in 1:53.3 in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands. The win put her over the $2.3 million mark in career earnings. Time To Kill (John Campbell) made it to the lead first at the :27.2 quarter mile-mark while Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) overtook her briefly just past that marker, but Brian Sears had Bee A Magician just behind her on the outside. Those two made an unpressured move to take the lead just before the :55.3 half. Sears put 2-1/2 lengths between him and the field and trotted on to the 1:25 three-quarters with Ma Chere Hall at his back. As the field trotted down the stretch, Ma Chere Hall made a bid to get past Bee A Magician, got just to her wheel at the wire, but could go no further, as Bee A Magician cruised home to win No. 17 for 2013. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. Grand Circuit action also took place this past Sunday at Dover Downs. Sunshine Beach brushed to the lead heading to the half-mile marker and was never seriously challenged from there as he went on to capture the $284,160 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:50.3. Owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy and was driven to victory by John Campbell. The win was the eighth in 20 season's starts for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up, while his 2013 earnings climbed to $909,283. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,857; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,625; 3. David Miller - 1,228; 4. Brian Sears - 781.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 719.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,798.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,211.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 515.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 507.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 471. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 405.7; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 376.25; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 244. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit action of 2013 will take place next weekend at Northfield Park when the northeast Ohio oval hosts the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit    

Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took command early and gave no quarter in winning the $500,000 final of the TVG Series for older trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands. "I wanted to take things into my own hands." Said driver Tim Tetrick about the start of the race. Leaving from post seven, Market Share out trotted Uncle Peter (David Miller) to the early lead and then cut fractions of :26.2 to the first quarter and :55 to the half. It was then that driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer came first-over with Arch Madness and started working their way towards the race leaders with Guccio (Jimmy Takter) following the outside cover. But by the three-quarter mile marker in 1:23.1, Arch Madness could not collar Market Share who started to draw away starting down the stretch. Uncle Peter and Guccio were both able to give chase but Market Share was too strong, winning by one length in 1:51. Uncle Peter was second with Guccio third. "I don't do it very often with him (leave with Market Share)," Tetrick said. "but when I do he always pays me back and we got paid today. It's been tough this year. I give Linda (trainer Linda Toscano) all the credit. He's had some rough spots this year but they always bring him back. He's a good horse and he overcomes." A four-year-old stallion by Revenue who was the 2012 Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share concludes his 2013 season with six wins for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and Bill Augustine. The $250,000 winner's share of the purse put Market Share over the $1 million mark this year with $1,077,356 in earnings and lifetime at an impressive $3,015,011. Market Share paid $4.60 to win. "Mr. Gutnick and I sat down yesterday," trainer Linda Toscano said. "We talked about racing him next year. We decided that if he won tonight we would bring him back and race him again next year. He was really good tonight but he needs a rest now. I need a rest now too." "To use Linda's words, it's been surreal," Richard Gutnick said about the 2013 season with Market Share. "I can't believe this is really happening. I hope it keeps continuing. Right now we are leaning towards racing next year. We have been invited to compete in the Elitlopp (Sweden) next year. And we want Timmy (Tetrick) to have a shot at racing in the Elitlopp. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Hammonton, NJ --- Bill Augustine, co-owner of Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Market Share, has pledged to donate 50% of his share of the horse’s Saturday night earnings to the Anthony Coletta fund.  Installed as the early morning line favorite at 4-5, Market Share will face five other trotting stars in the $50,000 final leg of the TVG free for all at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment’s opening night.    Moved by the overwhelming support that the industry has shown Anthony Coletta and his family during this difficult time, Augustine notes that the decision was easy.    “I have known Tony since he was a young boy.  He lived right next door to our Blueberry packing house in Hammonton.  He used to bring packages of my Blueberries to Chester!”   Augustine has been driving his own horse at Harrah’s Philadelphia recently, and says that the tragedy hits very close to home.  “I have been out there with these guys, and I know first-hand how these accidents can cause a dramatic change in people’s lives.”    The Blueberry magnate added that, “I would sincerely hope that some of the other prominent owners in the industry, like myself and Richard and Joanne Young, would step up and help this young driver and his family in their time of need.”   Social media exploded Thursday (Nov. 21) with the exploits of Yannick Gingras, who pledged to donate all of his driver’s percentage from the Harrah’s afternoon card.  Others, like Hanover’s Murray Brown, matched the generous offer.  Perhaps a power greater than ourselves took over as “the Green Hornet” proceeded to win six and rack up $2,740 in drivers fees...which was ultimately matched by 12 additional benefactors.   by Chris Tully, for Winners Circle Blueberries  

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. Video attached By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair for the fair sex.   A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes, containing the stars of the mature set, highlight the program. When Racing Secretary Billy Perkins opened the box at 10am this morning, he found an overflow of declarations in both events, necessitating several byes being offered to get both fields down to ten starters.   On the pacing side, top seasonal earner and division leader Pet Rock was the first to have the option to accept a free pass into next Sunday's $175,000 final on the strength of his 2013 bankroll of $644,070. His connections, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank Bellino, accepted the offer and he will join the top nine finishers from this Sunday's elimination in the final. Left to battle for the remaining berths are the titans of the division including no less than five from the Ron Burke stable headed up by the razor sharp Clear Vision. A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou  and Golden Receiver (returning from a month long freshening) are chief among the contenders. Thirteen were declared for the Allerage Open Trot and the bye process took more effort to implement, as several trainers chose to bypass the free roll and race in the elimination. The pot is sweetened by the chance to win the right to select their post position for next week's final with a victory in this race. At the end of the process, Guccio, Southwind Pepino and Wishing Stone will go directly to the $170,000 final next Sunday. That left an awfully good field of horses to race for the remaining seven slots. Leading seasonal earner Sevruga leaves from post four with Andy Miller set to drive for owner KDM Stables Corporation. Market Share is also racing and will start just outside Sevruga as he makes his bid for the win. Tim Tetrick has driven him in each of his eight seasonal starts and will again call the shots for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. The fun starts at 1:00pm and the weather forecast remains positive with a warm early fall afternoon predicted. Be reminded that The Red Mile clubhouse will be open each racing day and you may reserve a table by calling (859) 233-0814. Parking is free and admission is a mere $2 for a great day of harness racing. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on Tuesday, October 1st at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Find further sale info at their website. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

Hammonton, NJ – It only took two tries for Bill Augustine to drive his way back to the winner’s circle after a 21-year drought.  At Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 11), in just his second start in the GSY Summer Pacing Series, the man they call ‘Wild Bill’ charged down the lane and caught the favorite at the wire to win by a short neck.    Steering a $5,000 –claiming pacer named Hickory Louie, the blueberry farmer who had all but hung-up is helmet and colors some 20-years prior, was able to relive the fun and excitement of driving a Standardbred to victory in 1:55.3f.   The race replay is attached   Before immersing himself in the demanding process of commercial Blueberry agriculture, Bill trained and drove horses at Liberty Bell, Brandywine, Freehold and The Meadowlands.  From 1979 through 1995 Augustine amassed 472 driving starts and earned nearly $200,000 in purses.  With 39 pari-mutuel wins to his credit, his last trip to the winner’s circle was August 23, 1992 with Wanna’s Fame at Yonkers Raceway.   Fast forward a few decades and Bill jumped back into Harness Racing with both feet as a co-owner of 2012 Hambletonian winner and Dan Patch champion Market Share.  But for the energetic Augustine, sitting in the clubhouse was just not enough.    “I have been eager to get back in the sulky, and the amateur series was the perfect opportunity” noted Augustine.  “I have been jogging and training some of my young stakes horses, but the real action is out on the track.  I get to have some fun and promote the sport at the same time.”   Augustine first sat behind the 9-year-old altered son of Lislea at Pocono Downs on Tuesday, September 3 in the sixth leg of the GSY amateur driving series.  The horse’s gracious, yet game owner, Nancy Fugere of Westbrookville, NY, told her new driver, “this horse can really leave—just go out there and feed him racetrack!”    Bill politely conformed, but unfortunately got parked every step of the way and finished seventh.  But that did not deter any of the connections of Hickory Louie.   The horse’s trainer, Bob Lounsbury, one of the top conditioners at Monticello, was guided by Fugere’s judgment.  Not only is she the horse’s owner, but she is also the shipper, caretaker, and the Lounsbury stable assistant trainer.  She said, “Let’s try him again at Chester, he will be better.”    Fugere knows a little something about taking chances and winning horse races.  She is the same gal who owns and rubs Tracy’s Song, the winningest horse in North America this year with 21 victories—so far.  A former transportation executive in NYC, Fugere (pronounced Foo-szair) owns seven horses in the Lounsbury stable, and added that “we have 14 in the barn and another 6 or 7 at the farm.”   “We are always racing and training” exclaimed the hardworking Fugere, whose Lounsbury stable is the leading UDRS (.488, 300-499 starts) stable in North America with 124 wins.  “There is no secret to our barn’s success.  Bob [Lounsbury] jogs these horses at a 2:30 clip, five miles every single day, in the heat, the rain, the ice, the snow, the sleet, the hail, the whatever.  We get NO days off!”   Just like the horses in the Lounsbury stable, Augustine and Fugere hit the ground running at the track formerly known as Chester.  She checked the horse up and instructed Bill to, “leave with him, and don’t look back.”  Knowing the favorite (Monica Banca and Ruthless Ace) was outside of him with the assigned eight hole, Wild Bill opined that “if I can take a little of the sting out of [Banca] in the first turn, and then sit a two-hole trip, she will take me right to the wire.”   More often than not, drivers’ plans change just as the wings of the starting gate start to fold.  This was not one of those times—Augustine’s scheme worked perfectly.  Bill and Hickory Louie were able sit in the garden spot and get up to win by a close neck at the finish wire.    Augustine “needed a win in the last leg to earn a berth in the final,” noted the GSY series organizer, Dave Yarock.  Evidently Bill has secured his spot and is now tied for eighth in the GSY points standings.  The final will be held on the popular Open Space Pace Day (Sept. 21) at Freehold Raceway for a purse of $7,500.  Nancy Fugere plans on bringing Hickory Louie to the afternoon delight for the finale.  Augustine, of Winners Circle Blueberries fame, will be there too—with a shiny new helmet to go with his seasoned determination.   by Chris Tully, marketing manager, Winners Circle Blueberries  

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