Harness Racing

Chapter Seven gains Trotter of the Year honor

Freehold, NJ (Sports Network) - Breeders Crown winner Chapter Seven has been named 2012 Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The group announced the year's top trotters on Tuesday.

Chapter Seven, who finished the year as the top ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll, was also voted Older Male Trotter of the Year. The 4-year-old is trained by Linda Toscano for owners Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and J&T Silva Stables. Tim Tetrick was the colt's driver.

"He's just an amazing horse," Gutnick said about Chapter Seven in a press release. "I think he richly deserves (Trotter of the Year)."

Gutnick co-owns Market Share, who was voted the Dan Patch Award as champion 3- year-old male trotter. Market Share, also trained by Toscano, captured the Hambletonian along with the Canadian Trotting Classic. Driven by Tetrick, the colt earned $2 million for the year with wins in half of his 20 starts.

"You have to consider yourself blessed when you have two horses that have an overwhelming desire to win," Gutnick continued. "I keep pinching myself. I don't think anybody could expect to have the type of year that I've had. All I can do is laugh and just enjoy every moment."

The 2012 Older Female Trotter is Frenchfrysnvinegar, owned by David Smith and trained by Jeff Gilli. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Frenchfrysnvinegar won eight of 25 starts for $429,650.

Check Me Out is the champion 3-year-old filly trotter. Co-owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, the filly won 11 of 15 starts for $955,326.

Breeders Crown winner Wheeling N Dealin is the champion 2-year-old male trotter for 2012. The colt earned $696,112 while winning all nine starts. Wheeling N Dealin is owned by Ecurie Synergie, trained by Dustin Jones and driven by Sylvain Filion.

To Dream On, winner of this year's Breeders Crown race, is the 2012 2-year-old filly Trotter of the Year. The filly is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, and trained by Jimmy Takter. To Dream On had nine starts with eight wins and a second for $727,320.

The Dan Patch Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 3 in Fort Lauderdale.

12/18 13:32:59 ET