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Chapter Seven, Pardon win Big M qualifiers

July 07, 2011

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Two of last year’s standout freshmen, trotting colt Chapter Seven and pacing filly Pardon, each won their qualifiers at the Meadowlands on Thursday.

Chapter Seven, who closed a seven wins in eight starts freshman season by winning the Matron final at Dover Downs last November, has been delayed in returning to the track because he was stricken with pneumonia. But he turned in a strong effort in the Thursday qualifier, a 5 3/4 length, 1:54.1 win. Regular driver Mike Lachance was in the bike for trainer Linda Toscano as the Windsong’s Legacy colt drew off for the easy win.

A $42,000 yearling purchase by owner Richard Gutnick, Chapter Seven got a late start last season because he had to have surgery for an entrapped epiglottis as soon as he began training down.  Because Gutnick, a former bankruptcy trustee for the state of Delaware, and first-time horse owner Gary Cocco, had to pay for the surgery before the horse had even started his career they changed his name from Windsongs Proxy to Chapter Seven, a form of bankruptcy. But the colt exceed their expectations and won $211,549 in 2010. Southwind Farm and Jerry Silva have since joined the ownership group.

 Trainer Toscano is hoping that the qualifier – a career-best time – means that the colt has recovered from a recent setback.
“There’s no point in beating around the bush. He had pneumonia,” she said. “When he came back in he developed a very dry cough and it just wouldn’t go away. We would treat it and as soon as we let up on the antibiotics it would come back. We finally did a tracheal wash and it came out very bad.”

The results of the wash were so daunting that Chapter Seven spent 14 days at Midlantic Clinic. “It was really scary,” said Toscano.  “But they did a phenomenal job on him and there were no repercussions and we were able to start up and get going again.”

But the illness could be a costly one, said Toscano.

“No matter how hard we tried we are a month behind the eight ball,” she said. “Fortunately for him we had no other incidents, otherwise I don’t think he’d be ready yet. He’s got the Dancer next week and a Jersey Sire Stake the week after that. Then we’ll let him tell us if he’s good enough for the Hambo elims.”

Pardon, last year’s pacing sensation from Illinois who marched to 14 wins in 15 starts and was named the Prairie State’s Horse of the Year, has had one win in three starts this season. She last raced on May 22 at Balmoral when she was second to Fox Valley Touche in the Violet final. She has banked $239,998 in her career.

She shipped from trainer Dirk Simpson’s Jr.’s barn to Canada for the Fan Hanover, but was scratched from an overnight at Mohawk on June 3, and hasn’t raced since.

In her Meadowlands qualifier with Toscano listed as trainer, Pardon had the guidance of Tim Tetrick and skimmed the pylons before drawing off to win by 11/2 lengths in 1:53.2

“She really qualified well today,” said Simpson. “It looks like she might be back to 100 percent. She got off in her knees a little bit in Canada and Linda worked hard to locate the problem, found it and took care of it. One thing I told Linda is that she doesn’t need a lot of work to get ready, so she may have enough time. She’s in the Tarport Hap and the Mistletoe Shalee before she comes back to Iliinois. I don’t know how she’ll do against Jimmy’s mare (See You At Peelers), but I think she’ll be respectable.”
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