Market Share wins Hambletonian

Market Share, driven by Tim Tetrick, keeps a lead on My MVP, driven by Mike Lachance, to win the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Race Track. RICH SCHULTZ / Associated Press
Market Share, driven by Tim Tetrick, keeps a lead on My MVP, driven by Mike Lachance, to win the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Race Track. RICH SCHULTZ / Associated Press
Posted: August 05, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Blue Bell resident Richard Gutnick cornered the market on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack, owning both $1.5 million Hambletonian winner Market Share and world record-tying Chapter Seven, who scored in the Nat Ray.

Gutnick, trainer Linda Toscano, and driver Tim Tetrick all won their first Hambletonians after Market Share finished the race in 1 minute, 52.1 seconds in the 87th edition of harness racing's most prestigious event.

Tetrick, racing in his sixth Hambletonian, sat in the four hole at the half-mile mark, then went first-over before passing 8-5 favorite Uncle Peter, moving to the front of the pack entering the stretch. He then held off the fast-closing, second-place finisher Guccio by a neck.

"Coming down to the wire I kept saying, 'Hold on, hold on,' " Gutnick said. "I didn't even want to look."

Uncle Peter, after falling behind Market Share, broke and finished eighth.

Market Share started from Post 2, went off at 4-1 odds, and paid $10.80 to win. My MVP finished third.

Toscano, the Meadowlands' all-time leading female trainer, became the first woman to win the Hambletonian.

"It's kind of surreal," Toscano said. "It kind of feels like winning an Oscar or pitching a perfect game."

Last year, Toscano sent out the promising Chapter Seven to answer the Hambletonian dreams, but the colt finished fourth.

"This is almost like we got a do-over after last year," Toscano said. "I never dreamed I would get another shot at this."

Chapter Seven still turned out to be a winner on Saturday.

The horse matched a world record for trotting on a mile track in the $250,000 Nat Ray Invitational, finishing in 1:50.1.

Everything did not go Tetrick's way on race day.

In the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks, Tetrick drove 3-5 favorite Check Me Out, and she broke on the final turn, allowing longshot Personal Style, at 55-1 odds, to win by a neck.

Personal Style was second over when Check Me Out broke and charged past Win Missy B for the win.

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