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Kwik Talkin Sets Sheppard Record

Published: July 16, 2017 12:30 am ET

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Jordan Stratton actually beat Jordan Stratton Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Stratton and Kwik Talkin ($5.60) held off odds-on Springsteen (Jason Bartlett) in a glorified match race, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $110,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings. The mile tickled the teletimer in 1:53.4, two-fifths of a second faster than the previous stakes record of Hail the Taxi (2012) - also driven by Stratton.

At the outset, Kwik Talkin—from post position No. 7—was thrown in the fray, along with pole-sitting Springsteen, Real Rayenbow (Chuck Connor, Jr.) and Hora Star (Greg Merton). Real Rayenbow was the first leader, before the favourite Springsteen played leapfrog.

Hora Star was seated as Kwik Talkin drove on, making the lead just after a spiffy :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56-second intermission and moving toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters, the 48-1 Hora Star made a second move, but never came near the leaders.

The pair of people’s preferences, who finished 1-2 in last week’s fastest of three (1:54.4) elims, were about to have the final to themselves. It was Kwik Talkin, as the second choice, opening a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn before defeating Springsteen by a length-and-a-quarter.

It was seven lengths back to Trump Nation (Eric Goodell), with Phat Blue Chip (Brent Holland) finishing third. Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan) earned the final pay envelope, while Real Rayenbow, Hora Star and Damion Diesel Hahn (Ray Schnittker) completed the order.

Trump Nation and Persist Blue Chip was last week’s other elimination winners.

For Kwik Talkin, an $18,000 (Harrisburg) a perfect (4-for-4) son of Well Said trained by Rob Harmon for Ontario co-owners Robbie Robinson, Jacqueline Dinelle and Scott & Lisa Henry, the mile was a life-best effort.

“He doesn’t race like a two-year-old,” Stratton said.

“He doesn’t act as a two-year-old,” Harmon said of the winner, indoctrinated at Ottawa’s Rideau Carleton Raceway.

“I knew I’d have to use him early, but once I made the lead, he rated the way an older horse would,” Stratton said.

Saturday night’s $55,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by a pole-sitting, pocket-protecting Bakersfield (Holland, $21.80) in 1:51.3, the highlight of his chauffeur’s five-win night.


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