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Chapter Seven named 2012 Harness Horse of the Year

Freehold, NJ (Sports Network) - Trotter of the Year Chapter Seven has been voted harness racing's 2012 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The announcement was made on Thursday.

Chapter Seven finished the year as the top-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll. 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. He always gave a hundred percent. He had that desire to win. I keep pinching myself," Gutnick said.

Chapter Seven won eight of 10 starts in the past year with two seconds for just over $1 million. His 2012 season was highlighted by winning the $600,000 Breeders Crown Older Colt and Gelding Trot, his second Breeders Crown victory.

Other major stakes victories were the $250,000 Nat Ray, $201,700 Titan Cup, $180,000 American-National, $150,000 Maxie Lee and $131,200 Allerage Open Trot.

Along with being voted the Dan Patch Awards for Horse and Trotter of the Year, Chapter Seven had also been named 2012 Older Male Trotter of the Year.

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

Here is the complete list of the 2012 Dan Patch Award winners are:

Horse of the Year: Chapter Seven

Pacer of the Year: Captaintreacherous

Trotter of the Year: Chapter Seven

2-year-old pacing colt: Captaintreacherous

2-year-old pacing filly: Somwherovrarainbow

2-year-old trotting colt: Wheeling N Dealin

2-year-old trotting filly: To Dream On

3-year-old pacing colt: Heston Blue Chip

3-year-old pacing filly: American Jewel

3-year-old trotting colt: Market Share

3-year-old trotting filly: Check Me Out

Older male pacer: Foiled Again

Older female pacer: Anndrovette

Older male trotter: Chapter Seven

Older female trotter: Frenchfrysnvinegar

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