Yannick Gingras has told trainer Ron Burke that Quick Deal was the fastest trotter he's ever driven, and the 5-year-old Revenue gelding showed he might prove his driver right as he scored an impressive 1:52.1 victory in the single $18,000 division of the second leg of the Horse & Groom Series Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Leaving from the outside post eight, Quick Deal was parked second-over through the first turn as DW's NY Yank and David Miller played hardball from post one to take the lead, leaving a first-over Not Afraid and Corey Callahan on the outside as Modern Family and Tim Tetrick tucked in comfortably third. After an opening quarter of :27.1 set by DW's NY Yank, Not Afraid cleared to the lead but the position was short-lived as Gingras had Quick Deal moving forward fast and clearing approaching the half.
Quick Deal reached the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.4, where he had Modern Family in hot pursuit. Trotting a final quarter of :27.2, Quick Deal was able to hold off Modern Family by three lengths, with DW's NY Yank third.
While Quick Deal recovered from making a break last time out in the Horse & Groom opener as the betting favorite in his division, the effort Friday spoiled the four-race win streak by Modern Family and the five-race skein by DW's NY Yank.
Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables and Rossie Smith, Quick Deal scored for the third time in six starts this year and 16th time in 53 career outings. The winner's check pushed his lifetime earnings to $180,043.