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Whirlwind week continues for Cancelliere

November 10, 2011

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Less than 24 hours after spending more than $1.2 million on two yearling purchases at Harrisburg, trainer Tom Cancelliere didn’t have much chance to enjoy the moment as he had to ensure that his recent Breeders Crown winner, Bettor Sweet, was on his way to Balmoral Park for Saturday’s $175,000 American National for older horse pacers.

“I barely got to bed; it was after one o’clock when I finally did,” Cancelliere told harnessracing.com with a laugh on Tuesday afternoon by cell phone while he was driving the truck and trailer with Bettor Sweet aboard from his New Jersey farm.

On Monday, Cancelliere and his brother, John, made harness racing history when they purchased Detour Hanover, a full brother to the 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover, for $825,000, the most ever paid for a yearling purchase. It was the second big-ticket buy of the day for the brothers, coming just a few hours after they bought Some Of The Beach, a full brother to the 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, for $430,000.

“Did you really think I was going to leave those two behind?” Cancelliere answered when asked how he spent the evening after his record-setting day. “I stood there and watched the two horses get loaded on the trailer and then I followed it home.”

And was there any celebratory meal that evening?

“We had some pizza on the road for dinner. But we couldn’t afford any toppings though,” he said with a big laugh.

As for Bettor Sweet, the 6-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday’s American National with John Campbell driving. The favorite in the race is the 7-2 Foiled Again, a horse he beat by a head in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final Oct. 29 at Woodbine Racetrack. That win propelled Bettor Sweet’s career earnings past the $2-million mark, with more than $840,000 coming this year via an eight-win campaign.

Bettor Sweet is the defending American National champion, besting Won The West by a head in 1:50 with Campbell in the sulky. He drew post seven in this year's nine-horse field.

“He’s the defending champion, I had to bring him back,” said Cancelliere, noting that it would again likely be one o’clock in the morning before he was able to arrive at Balmoral Park with his double millionaire pacer.

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