Some weeks ago I received a comment from my nephew about a horse named Uncle Peter who was favored to win the Hambletonian well read below to get the bad news
Hambletonian: Market Share enables Toscano to become first woman to win trotting’s top event
It took a year of waiting but trainer Linda Toscano finally got her Hambletonian trophy. Toscano, 57, whose horse Chapter Seven finished fourth at 2-1 in the 2011 edition, found redemption in 2012 when her Market Share braved it uncovered and held through the wire to win the 87th Hambletonian on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands in front of a crowd of 24,521.
Gym Tan Laundry was quickest off the gate, with the favored Uncle Peter coming out in the pocket. Archangel then rushed to the front past the opening quarter of 27 2/5 seconds.
At that point it was time for Uncle Peter to shine. Driver Ron Pierce brushed Uncle Peter to the lead well before the 54 3/5 half, leaving Archangel in the pocket and setting up the expected scenario of the favorite on the engine.
It was just past the second call when Market Share was guided to the rim by Tim Tetrick. Market Share grinded up steadily with Knows Nothing on his back. Market Share engaged Uncle Peter at three-quarters in 1:22 3/5 and began to pull clear in the stretch.
Market Share appeared home free with an eighth of a mile to go, but the natives were coming. Guccio, the uncoupled stablemate of Uncle Peter who was three wide from the five-eighth pole, and My MVP, who found room to squeeze off the pylons, were coming fast late.
Market Share needed the wire and he got it, holding on by a neck over Guccio and My MVP in 1:52 1/5.
“I knew that we would pull up and challenge [Uncle Peter] but I didn’t know if we would be able to pull clear or not,” said Toscano. “We had talked about it and we decided that we are not going to let the race come to us, we are going to come to the race today. We are not going to lose the finals by sitting back and waiting for a trip.”
Toscano, who earlier won the $250,000 Nat Ray with Chapter Seven, became the first woman to win the Hambletonian.
Well he was beaten by an owner of a horse called Chapter Seven. Is someone trying to tell me something?