Chapter Seven easily overpowered the pacesetter Winning Mister to take the $40,000 Titan Cup Prep in world record fashion on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Chapter Seven’s 1:50.4 clocking, which included a final panel of :26 seconds, was an all-time best for a 4-year-old trotting horse over any size track. (Lucky Jim holds the 1:50.1 record for 4-year-old geldings set in 2009). Chapter Seven was steered to victory in his 2012 debut by Tim Tetrick. Winning Mister was a length behind in second, while Arch Madness finished third in his first appearance since being the runner-up in Sweden’s Elitlopp on May 27. The Titan Cup prep contenders will return for the $201,700 final on Friday, June 29.
Chapter Seven, trained by Linda Toscano, won five of 10 starts last season, including a commanding victory in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. The son of Windsong’s Legacy was fourth in the 2011 Hambletonian. Owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, PA, Gary Cocco of Newtown Square, PA, Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ, and Jerry and Theresa Silva of Long Beach, NY, Chapter Seven now sports 13 wins in 19 career starts, and earnings of $951,941.
“I believe in this horse, “Toscano noted. “He’s incredibly talented. He’s healthy and we have to keep in mind he’ll be facing some seasoned veterans. Horses don’t do what he’s done to come back as strong he has.”
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