Amity Chef broke Freestate Raceway's mile track record for 3-year-old pacing colts last night by winning the second division of the $307,015 Terrapin Stakes in 1:53 1/5. The old mark of 1:55 was held by three horses.
Amity Chef won thanks to an excellent drive by John Campbell, who also drove Tassel Lobell to victory in the third division in 1:54 4/5. In the first division, Telemon Hanover upset the 2-to-5 favorite, Cash Asset, to win in 1:55 2/5.
Campbell kept Amity Chef in the back of the pack as Tucson Hanover, Laughs and Tijuana Blue Chip took turns setting the pace.
The speed duel resulted in a half-mile of 56 2/5 seconds and six furlongs in 1:24 2/5.
Sensing the fast pace, Campbell moved Amity Chef out in the backstretch and passed the leaders to win by 6 1/2 lengths. Tucson Hanover, driven by Bruce Riegle, was second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Laughs. Amity Chef, who raced with a broken tie-down, returned $18.20.
In the final division, Tassel Lobell (9 to 1) finished nearly a length in front of Freight Saver, driven by Ben Webster. Image In Motion was third and 1985 2-year-old champion Barberry Spur, the 2-to-5 favorite, faded to fourth.
In the first division, Frank Sherren drove Telemon Hanover four wide into the stretch and rolled by the leaders to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:55 2/5.
Telemon Hanover paid $21.80 to win and the exacta with 30-to-1 shot Faithful One returned $424.40.
Ogden Lobell closed to take third; Cash Asset, who entered the race undefeated in seven starts this year, faded to fourth.
One unidentified handicapper successfully picked Freestate's Superbet last night to win the entire pool of $156,834.
To win the Superbet the bettor must pick exactas on the third and fifth races and the triple in the seventh. Freestate initiated the Superbet May 25 and last night was the first time it was successfully handicapped.
The winning combinations for the Superbet were 5-9, 2-4 and 10-7-2.