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Favourite Market Share comes on late to win $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot

07/20/2013 09:47 EDT | Updated 09/19/2013 05:12 EDT
CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. - Market Share proved Saturday why he was regarded the class of the field for the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot.

American Tim Tetrick emphatically took the 2/5 favourite past Wishing Stone and into the lead off the final turn. Then last year's Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic winner cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory at Mohawk Racetrack to remain unbeaten in 2013.

"My horse was game," Tetrick said. "He just trotted right up to the leader and then went right on by and continued to trot all the way to the wire.

"It was really good."

Market Share earned his 18th career win and improved to 3-0 this year. But the four-year-old son of Revenue S was faster last weekend when he posted a qualifying effort of 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands, beating Maple Leaf Trot rivals Uncle Peter (second), Wishing Stone (third) and Guccio (fourth).

But winning trainer Linda Toscano admitted she was anxious heading into the race.

"I was really concerned because of the crazy heat that we've had so it was about keeping him hydrated and make sure he didn't get too stressed out on the trip," she said. "He was real good after the qualifier last weekend, I was hoping he was going to hold his form at least through this race.''

Toscano was also worried about Market Share going up against a quality field with so few races under his belt.

"You worry because all these horses have raced tight and it was really a great group of horses," she said. "I did what I could to keep him tight.

"I was hoping to get a start or two earlier this month with him but it didn't work out so he lived up to what I hoped.''

Defending champion Mister Herbie, the 5-1 co-second choice, was the runner-up in the eight-horse field. Uncle Peter, the other 5-1 pick, took third ahead of Wishing Stone. Market Share won the race from the eight hole, the same spot Mister Herbie started from last year when he crossed the finish line in 1:50.4.

Tetrick admitted he didn't really have a set gameplan for Saturday's race, given his outside starting position.

"I was playing it by ear," he said. "In those big races you can't have too many plans.

"You just got to play it and see what happens and hope other people make mistakes and capitalize on them.''

Driver Jody Jamieson, of Moffat, Ont., was happy with Mister Herbie's effort, given the horse has been limited to just four starts this season due to a hoof issue.

"He was as ready as he could be with his health issues but no excuses," Jamieson said. "Market Share has been awesome all year and continues to be."

American-owned Market Share has 18 wins, five second- and three third-place finishes in 28 career starts and Saturday's victory boosted his lifetime earnings over $2.3 million. Not a bad return on a $16,000 yearling purchase.

"He's such an incredible overachiever," Toscano said. "If anyone had ever told me that this was this kind of horse early last year I would've said they were nuts.

"But he's really had it figured out and he's absolutely proved that he's one of the best right now.''

Market Share paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10 while Mister Herbie returned $3.70 and $2.70, Uncle Peter paid $2.70.

The 2013 season continues to be one to remember for Tetrick, having also driven Captaintreacherous to victory in both the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk as well as the US$635,750 Meadowlands Pace.

Tetrick also found the winner's circle in the $323,500 Roses Are Red Stakes for aged female pacers. He drove 8/5 favourite Anndrovette to a stunning title defence, passing Drop The Ball, the 5/2 third choice, on the outside in deep stretch to finish in 1:48.0, a stakes, track and Canadian record time.

Tetrick had nothing but praise for Drop The Ball and driver Doug McNair.

"Doug's mare, when he starts her up, she can go really fast," Tetrick said. "My mare did all she could do to get by her.

"She (Anndrovette) is versatile and has no memory. I can beat her up and the next week she comes back and it's like I never even raced her. She's fresh all the time."

Rocklamation, the 2/1 second pick, was third.

McNair took Drop The Ball out fast right from the start, sitting third through a quarter mile before surging into the lead by the half-mile mark. But McNair said he had to be aggressive because he knew Anndrovette would always be there.

"I don't think she could have paced any better," McNair said of his horse. "She got beat by an iron tough mare."

Anndrovette paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.30 while Drop The Ball paid $4 and $2.60. Rocklamation paid $2.30.

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