Chapter Seven equaled his own 1:50.4 world record as he trounced the competition in the $201,700 Titan Cup on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Chapter Seven and driver Tim Tetrick sat third while Winning Mister carved fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Tetrick angled his charge out at the three-quarter marker and Chapter Seven easily rolled past the pacesetter to a 2 3/4-length victory. He paid $2.60 to win the sixth race feature. Arch Madness sat snugly in the pocket the whole way and finished second. Winning Mister held third.
"He's as good as any horse I've ever seen,” Tetrick said. "Last year, he had the will and desire to do it, but he found three seconds. This horse is just amazing right now. He's doing it like he's going a mile in 1:55. He's right on his game right now. They're very good horses and Winning Mister is no slouch. I've driven him, and he's tough as nails. He's tough to get by and my horse got by him freehanded.”
Chapter Seven established the 1:50.4 record, an all-time best for a 4-year-old trotting horse over any size track, in his season debut, the Titan Cup prep, on June 23 at the Meadowlands. Trained by Linda Toscano, he is the first trotter in history to open his season with consecutive world records.
"He's a career horse,” Toscano said. "Everyone waits a lifetime for a horse like this. Nothing he does surprises me, only that he got ready as quickly as he did this year. He's always wanted to do it. His desire is strong, his gait is good. He's a stronger, better version of what he was last year.”
Chapter Seven, a son of Windsong's Legacy, improved his record to 14 wins in 20 career starts and surpassed $1 million in career earnings in the Titan Cup. He is owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., Gary Cocco of Newtown Square, Pa., Southwind Farm of Pennington, N.J., and Jerry and Theresa Silva of Long Beach, N.Y. (Meadowlands)