11/11/2012 10:53AM

Balmoral: Chapter Seven goes out a winner in American-National

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Chapter Seven, driven by Tim Tetrick, ends his career with a victory in the American-National.

Chapter Seven’s time was an out of character 1:54 4/5 but nevertheless the 4-year-old horse who came to Balmoral Park flaunting a trotting world record of four sub-1:51 winning miles ended his career in keeping with his stature as North America’s top-ranked standardbred in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll.

Dispatched as the 1-9 favorite, Chapter Seven was a 2 1/4-length winner in the $180,000 American-National for older trotters, one of the eight prestigious American-National events on the 13-race card that generated $1,755,472 in handle.

He now will begin his stud career at Blue Chip Farms in New York.

“I’ve got mixed emotions,” said principal owner Richard Gutnick, who also races Market Share, 7 ¼-length winner of the $235,000 3-year-old trot in 1:53 3/5. “I wanted to race Chapter Seven for another year but I didn’t want him and Market Share to race against one another.

“It’s wonderful to have two great horses like this. I’m an overnight success - I’ve only been in this business 29 years.”

Both are trained by Linda Toscano and were driven by Tim Tetrick.

While Tetrick considers Chapter Seven the top trotter he has ever driven he doesn’t believe Hambletonian winner Market Share has reached the peak of his career: “Who knows - he might be better than Chapter Seven next year.”

Chapter Seven wasn’t the only standardbred of renown to retire after a victorious performance in an American-National race and again Tetrick was in the winner’s circle, this time with American Jewel in the $145,000 3-year-old filly pace.
Bound for a broodmare career at George Segal’s Brittany Farms in Kentucky and a date with Somebeachsomewhere, 1-9 favorite American Jewel won by 8 lengths in 1:51 3/5.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, she ended her racing career with 17 firsts, 5 seconds and 2 thirds in 25 starts.

“She has raced her eyeballs out every time,” Tetrick said. “She’s a great animal. I knew she was going to put on a show tonight.”

Keeping the races for 3-year-old pacers in the family, Trace Tetrick, the younger brother of Tim, drove Our Lucky Chip to a 4-length victory for co-owner and trainer Jason Miller in the $260,000 race for colts and geldings.

The conquest in 1:52 3/5 was the 19th in the 23-race career of the 4-1 third choice in the betting in the nine-horse race.

Heavy favorites ruled in most of the American-Nationals but 22-1 longshot Our Dragon King bucked that trend with a 1 ½-length victory over even-money favorite Blatantly Best in the $157,000 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. With Brian Carpenter doing the driving for trainer Dirk Simpson, Our Dragon King won in 1:52 2/5.

In the $113,000 2-year-old filly pace, 1-10 favorite Always About Katey recorded her 10th triumph in 12 starts. Her margin of victory was 3 ½ lengths and her time was 1:53 1/5.

Sustaining her Breeders Crown momentum, Maven was the heroine of the $130,000 3-year-old filly trot. The 1-9 favorite won by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:54 3/5.

Defending champion Foiled Again was dethroned in the $182,000 race for older pacers. The all-time wealthiest trotter with a bankroll in excess of $4.6 million went off the 2-1 favorite despite having the outside post position in the nine-horse field but wound up seventh. Seizing the lead at the start and staying in front for the duration, Foreclosure N sped to a 6 ½-length victory in 1:48 1/5.