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Chapter Seven wins the 2012 Breeders Crown Open Trot
Chapter Seven wins the 2012 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack

Chapter Seven wins the 2012 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
October 27, 2012

The $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot featured a small but classy field of 6, with defending champion Chapter Seven sent off as the 3-4 favorite over European invader and 9-5 second choice Commander Crowe, and 7-2 third choice Mister Herbie. Driver Christophe Martens sent Commander Crowe to the lead through fractions of 27 2/5, 55 4/5, and 1:24 3/5. Down the lane, driver Tim Tetrick and Chapter Seven, who pressed the pace in second the whole way, and Mister Herbie, third early, gained steadily on the pacesetter. Chapter Seven took over the lead at the 1/8 pole through 7/8 in 1:38 4/5. He finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Mister Herbie in 1:52 3/5. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Commander Crowe third.

Trainer Linda Toscano said, "I can't dream this big," she said. "Without question he's the best horse I've ever had. 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 past. What this horse has overcome to get to this point, horses can't do and he only knows one thing -- and that's to win. He loves it, he's a great horse. He deserves every accolade he gets. He's a great horse and Timmy and he gets along super. I give credit to everybody involved. It's a team effort; the caretaker lives with him, the veterinarian that got him through his sickness lives with him. This year is a culmination of everybody working together and getting him here. I just went along for the ride."
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