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Bettor Sweet sets world record in Bettor's Delight
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - by Dustin Ross, for Tioga Downs

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Nichols, NY--Bettor Sweet came into Sunday’s (June 12)  $208,000 Bettor’s Delight already a world champion, and when the dust settled he left with his second world-record performance.

Leaving from the rail in a field of 10, Daniel Dube wasted no time hustling Bettor Sweet off the gate and putting him into contention early, turning loose We Will See and Ron Pierce past the quarter in 26.1. As the field passed the stands for the first time, Bettor Sweet was hustled to the front, reaching the half mile pole in 54.3.

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Bettor Sweet won the $208,000 Bettor's Delight over We Will See with Dan Dube aboard.

Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras applied first-over pressure past the half with Hypnotic Blue Chip following his cover. However, the field was gaining no ground on the leader as Dube stepped on the gas through a third quarter in 26.3, reaching three quarters in 1:21.

Around the last turn all threats had been rebuffed except the pocket-sitting We Will See, who tipped to the outside for the stretch drive. At the top of the stretch We Will See and Ron Pierce poked a nose in front, but Bettor Sweet was relentless and turned away the challenge to win on the line by a head in 1:48.1. The mile eclipsed the previous world record of 1:48.2 by an older gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track held by Fake Denario N and Pilgrims Toner.

“I just told Dube to keep him close today and he did a great job, I knew he could go those kind of fractions so I wasn’t worried about that at all; he is a special horse,” said Thomas Cancelliere following Sunday’s victory.

Bettor Sweet's 1:48.1 mile topped the world mark for older geldings on a five-eighths-mile track set by Fake Denario N and Pilgrims Toner.

It was the fourth win of the year in 10 starts for Bettor Sweet, who with the win in the Bettor’s Delight became the richest son of all time for Bettor’s Delight. With the victory, the Thomas Cancelliere trained Bettor Sweet increased his career earnings to more than $1.6 million for owner John Cancelliere of Clark, N.J. We Will See (Ron Pierce) got second, while the fast closing Giddy Up Lucky (Eric Goodell) was third.

“Everything worked out good today. I just turned Pierce loose and came back on him so I could put him on the front end where he is really good. Down the backside I just let him roll and let them try to catch me. He (Bettor Sweet) is so smooth, he has such a big gate and does it so easy that it doesn’t feel like your going that fast, but that was a very fast mile today” said winning driver Daniel Dube following the win.

In the co-featured $178,000 Artiscape pace, Anndrovette made it back-to-back stakes victories in track record time for 4-year-old pacing mares in 1:49.4. Chancey Lady and Jason Bartlett, part of the Mark Kesmodel/Josh Green entry cut through an opening panel of 26.3, and as the field passed the three-eighths-mile mark Brennan brushed Anndrovette to the front reaching the half in 54.4.

Down the backside Ticket To Rock and Jody Jamieson applied pressure to the leader first-over through three quarters in 1:22, but her challenge was dismissed by Anndrovette who went on to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:49.4. Ticket To Rock (Jody Jamieson) paced a strong mile and held on for second, while her entry mate Laughandbehappy (David Miller) got third.

Anndrovette won the $178,000 Artiscape in 1:49.4.

Last year’s Artiscape champion, Dreamfair Eternal was backed up with excess cover throughout the mile and had to settle for fourth. It was the fifth win of the year for the 4-year-old daughter of Riverboat King–Easy Miss for the partnership of Bamond, Davino, and Kesmodel, and increased her seasonal earnings to more than $227,000 with the victory.

“She is a real nice mare to drive, and until today I had never driven her before, but I got a text this week from Kesmodel asking if I wanted to drive her up here and I jumped at it,” said winning driver George Brennan following the Artiscape victory. 

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