Balmoral Park (11/8/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
HAMBO WINNER LOOKS TO GET BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK
After a pair of tough defeats in Canada in his Breeders Crown elimination and the final, Hambletonian winner Market Share will look to get back to his winning ways when he faces off against nine other three-year-old colt trotters in Saturday’s $235,000 American National.
Currently the number four ranked horse in North America and the leading money winner in 2012 with more than $1.8 million in earnings for the ownership group of Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and William Augustine, the son of Revenue S has captured the sport’s top two events for diagonally gaited sophomores taking the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $1.03 million Canadian Trotting Classic this season.
Carefully handled by trainer Linda Toscano, Market Share was unbeaten in five starts as a 2-year-old, all over the half-mile-oval at Freehold Raceway. Even though he boasted a perfect record Toscano entered the 2012 season uncertain how the colt would fare when asked to compete on the larger tracks.
“It just goes to show you what can happen when a horse gets brave and confident,” Toscano said. “He was always a sound horse, he’s always been a good-gaited horse, and all of a sudden he figured out what to do.
“I always knew he had a great work ethic, but I still wasn’t sure he’d be able to pick it up on the mile track. Once he got a taste of it and figured out what we wanted, he’s gotten stronger and stronger. He’s a classic example of what can happen when a horse gets real brave. He’s always been a fun horse to have around the barn, and to watch what he’s been able to do, I think Timmy (Tetrick) and I are both in awe.”
The bay colt has had a busy work schedule this season starting 18 times and posting a record of 8-5-3 for his proud connections who plan to race him again next year as a four-year-old.
Toscano is also enjoying the fruits of her labors, becoming the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian with Market Share back in August. A breast cancer survivor, Toscano has already set a career high this year, with $5.28 million in purse earnings, which ranks No. 4 among all trainers in North America. Her previous best was $3.71 million, which she established in 2011. Her stable has now surpassed $2 million in earnings for six consecutive years.
American National 3yo Colt Trot winners
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||Prayer I Am
||GJ Photo Victory
*Raced at Sportsman’s Park, 1959 through 1997; and at Balmoral Park 1998 to present.
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About Balmoral Park: Located in Crete, IL just 12 miles south of 80/94; Balmoral Park has been one of the nation's premier horse racing facilities since 1926. Balmoral Park features live racing every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is always free.