Chapter Seven trots to world record in Nat Ray
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The highly-anticipated rematch between Chapter Seven and Mister Herbie did not materialize in Saturday’s $250,000 Nat Ray Invitation for free-for-all trotters. Neck and neck racing out of the final turn, Chapter Seven distanced himself from Mister Herbie to win in a world record 1:50.1. Tim Tetrick steered the Windsong’s Legacy four year old. Mister Herbie trotted second, followed across the wire by Daylon Magician.
Chapter Seven dropped in third behind early leader Daylon Magician and Sevruga at the onset. After a :27.4 opening panel, Tetrick moved Chapter Seven to the front, taking the lead before the half (:54.3). Mister Herbie, fourth along the pylons, pulled on the backside for Jody Jamieson and began to advance on the leader. The second choice drew even with the 4-5 favorite racing through the turn, but flattened out in the lane, managing second.
Bred by Richard Banca, Chapter Seven earned his third win in his fourth seasonal start. The four year old is trained by Linda Toscano for owners Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and J&T Silva Stables LLC. The time established a new world record, lowering the mark set by Chapter Seven in June at the Meadowlands. The time also equals the all-age world record, set by Lucky Jim, Giant Diablo, Donato Hanover and Muscle Hill.