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Author Topic: Breeders Crown $600,000 Open Trot  (Read 1261 times)
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« on: October 27, 2012, 06:56:19 PM »

Nothing worthwhile should come easy, and it didn’t for Chapter Seven who despite being parked from the start, gamely wore down international star Commander Crowe to capture the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open trot at Woodbine.

The race developed much as expected with Mister Herbie, Commander Crowe and Chapter Seven all leaving sharply for early position. Elitlopp winner Commander Crowe and driver Cristophe Martens showed their hand early gaining the front from Mister Herbie before the first turn. Chapter Seven and Tim Tetrick found out quickly that Martens had no intention of yielding the lead, at least in the early stages.

Tetrick took his medicine kindly keeping his horse interested on the outside while Commander Crowe marched to intense fractions of :27 2/5 and :55 4/5. During the battle Tetrick sat chilly while Martens continually went to the whip to urge his nine-year-old gelding on.

Despite the “good” surface the fractions remained strong on the far turn with Ccommander Crowe hitting the three quarters in 1:24 3/5 with Chapter Seven on his flank. Third-choice Mister Herbie was in the pocket without room while Arch Madness was second over struggling to keep with his cover.

In the homestretch Chapter Seven was still trotting and by midstretch he appeared to be wearing down the foreign-invader Commander Crowe.

Mister Herbie was able to squeeze in tight quarter between horses but his
momentum was too late to get near Chapter Seven settling for second with a tired
Commander Crowe finishing third.

The 1:52 3/5 effort was most impressive given the tiring nature of the racing

Trainer Linda Toscano was jubilant in the winner’s circle following Chapter Seven’s
second consecutive Breeders Crown title. “I can’t dream this big,” she said. “Without
question he’s the best horse I’ve ever had. The trainer continued. “I didn’t know that
he could do that (race parked the mile) but as long as he has a target he wants to go

The victory for Chapter Seven was his seventh of the year in nine starts and elevated
his four-year-old earnings to $927,700. Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and Jerry
and Theresa Silva own Chapter Seven. Chapter Seven was bred by Richard Banca.
The victory was worth $3.50 to win on a $2 wager with the exacta with Mister
Herbie for second paying $8.
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