If you can’t see the above embedded video of Market Share’s close win of the 2012 Hambletonian, click here.
The historic 87-year-old Hambletonian made even more history this weekend.
Market Share, owned by Richard Gutnick and driven by Tim Tetrick, closed from fourth to hold off some other determined closers and win by a neck, which took trainer Linda Toscano into the history books herself.
You can read more about Toscano in this 2011 article on the Harness Link website. Her father had been a race fan who shared his love of horse racing, whether they ran with a jockey in the irons or a driver on the sulky. She eventually left her vet school studies when she fell in love with standardbred horses. She went on to be New York’s top trainer before moving to the Meadowlands.
The Hambletonian is harness racing’s Kentucky Derby for 3-year-old trotters. (FWIW, pacers have a similar race in the Little Brown Jug.) To read more about the Hambletonian’s history, click this link to the Hambletonian Society’s website. The purse for the Hambletonian was $1.5 million. A crowd of 24,521 attended the race at the Meadowlands. One of the former homes of the Hambletonian is the DuQuoin State fair in southern Illinois.