10/28/2012 12:30AM

Breeders Crown: Chapter Seven steals the show and possibly Horse of the Year

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Ken Weingartner
Chapter Seven was one of four winners for Tim Tetrick on the card.

Tim Tetrick and Chapter Seven were the big winners on a star-studded Breeders Crown night at Woodbine on Saturday. The four-year-old by Windsong’s Legacy perhaps locked up Horse of the Year honors with an epic parked-the-mile performance in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot.

Though only six were entered, the race shaped up as a duel between one of Europe’s best trotters Commander Crowe and North America’s leader Chapter Seven.

Those who thought good things don’t come in small packages got the treat of a lifetime as both horses raced pretty much side-by-side during the core of the mile event. Commander Crowe set torrid fractions of :27 2/5, :55 4/5 and 1:24 3/5 over a wet track and under cool conditions. Chapter Seven shadowed him with driver Tetrick sitting confidently and the Commander’s driver Christophe Martens repeatedly calling on his horse for more speed.

In the homestretch, Chapter Seven hit another gear and the foreign invader had nothing left in the tank. Mister Herbie rallied for second in the 1:52 3/5 mile.

This was the second straight Breeders Crown victory for Chapter Seven, a four-year-old with career earnings of $1,860,033.

The victory was the first of four for Tetrick on the evening, a Breeders Crown record. He came back to give Toscano a training double with Heston Blue Chip in the $555,000 three-year-old colt & gelding pace. The son of American Ideal carved out a golden second-over trip behind Sweet Lou and then charged by that rival in the late stages. The victory, his 11th on the season was posted in a credible 1:49 2/5 mile. Sweet Lou had been used rather hard during the mile and held bravely for the place with Bettor’s Edge rallying late for third.

Tetrick surprised with 6-1 shot Anndrovette in the $331,500 Crown for Open Mares. The five-year-old daughter of Riverboat King was used hard to gain the front and yielded to supplemental entry Rebeka Bayama well past the quarter. In the stretch she angled for room and dramatically outkicked Rebeka and race favorite Drop The Ball in the 1:50 1/5 mile.

Earlier in the night, Tetrick got the ball rolling for trainer Jimmy Takter when he scored with American Jewel in the $500,000 Crown for three-year-old filly pacers. This one had to come without cover as they simply wore down pacesetter Economy Terror in the stretch and easily held Shelliscape at bay. It was the eighth win of the season for the Brittany Farms-owned homebred, putting her over $1.1 million in seasonal earnings.

Takter’s once-beaten two-year-old filly To Dream On got a measure of revenge against her only conqueror, Bee A Magician, in the $600,000 Crown for juvenile trotting fillies. The daughter of Credit Winner left for early position and then exploded past the half to open an insurmountable lead against her rivals. With closers Time To Kill and Bee A Magician far in the rearview mirror, driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble coasting to the wire. To Dream On pushed her bankroll to $723,757 on the season with her eighth win in nine starts. She trotted the mile in 1:54 4/5.

Gingras would sweep the next two Crown divisions on the program scoring with Maven as the third choice in the $500,000 Crown for three-year-old filly trotters. For Gingras this was a sweet victory, as he had the daughter of Glidemaster on the attack going first over against pacesetter Check Me Out. It was a repeat of the Hambletonian Oaks, except on this occasion both fillies trotted to the wire and Maven proved the best. Win Missy B rallied for second with Check Me out third in the 1:54 mile.

Gingras’ third straight winner was a shocker as 17-1 shot Rockin Amadeus also converted a first-over trip to the winner’s circle, surprising heavy favorite Captintreacherous in the process. Rockin Amadeus was the third Jimmy Takter-trained winner on the program and the trainer was happy the colt finally got his due.

“He’s been knocking on the door the whole year,” said Takter.

Wake Up Peter rallied for second with pacesetting Captaintreacherous tasting defeat for only the second time in his 10-race career, finishing third.

Wheeling N Dealin capped a flawless campaign in the $600,000 Crown for two-year-old colt trotters. The son of Cantab Hall was one of the few horses on the program to lead from the half and hold on at the wire. Sylvain Filion guided Wheeling N Dealin for trainer Dustin Jones to his ninth win of the season in as many starts, scoring safely over Royalty For Life and a surprising Murmur Hanover in a mile clocked in 1:56 even.

Trainer, breeder and part owner George Teague was all smiles after his Somwherovrarainbow won powerfully in the $600,000 Crown two-year-old filly pace. The improving filly won for the fourth straight time and fifth in nine starts with Andy Miller in the bike. Somewherovrarainbow got the better of Shes A Great Lady champion I Luv The Nitelife and L Dees Lioness in the 1:52 2/5 mile.

Intimidate, a $62,500 supplemental entry scored a decisive victory in the $555,000 Crown for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The gelding by Justice Hall patiently waited while others, including Hambletonian winner Market Share and elimination winner Little Brown Fox, battled for the lead. In the homestretch, Ron Pierce tipped the horse off third over cover and he blew right past the leaders to score in a career best 1:52 4/5 mile.

Little Brown Fox nipped Market Share on the wire for second.

For Intimidate this was his 13th victory of the season in just 17 trips to the post. Luc Blais co-owns the horse with Judith Farrow. The pair bred the gelding with Blais the conditioner.

On paper the $500,000 Crown Open pace may have looked like a wide open affair, but in practice it proved to be a romp for defending champion Bettor Sweet. Last year John Campbell guided Bettor Sweet to an overland victory in this Crown division. This year Dave Miller tucked briefly then marched to the front and never looked back on his way to one of the easiest scores of the night.

“Nobody challenged until the head of the stretch and by that time we were gone,” said Dave Miller following the victory.

Bettor Sweet secured the lead from Golden Receiver before the half and never looked back. Golden Receiver held off an uncovered bid by Foiled Again for the place spot.

Brian Sears picked up a catch drive to open the program and converted from post 10 with 9-1 outsider Tamla Celeber S in the $250,000 Open Mare trot. Sears managed to keep the mare on the outside for the entire mile and then found something in reserve in the stretch to roll past favorite and pacesetter Frenchfrysnvinegar. Tamla Celeber S had been racing her entire career in Sweden and had amassed more than $1 million in career earnings before being shipped to the United States. Prior to her 1:55 2/5 victory on Saturday she had been unplaced in three races in North America. Roger Walmann earned his first Breeders Crown training victory in just his second attempt.