The Friday night feature at The Meadowlands was a $20,000 B2/B1 handicap trot won by Quick Deal in 1:51.4.
Now 6 years old, Quick Deal still struggles with clean starts but when he gets away on the trot he is deadly. Driven for the first time by Ake Svanstedt for Meadowlands leading trainer Ron Burke, the win was the back end of Svanstedt's catch-driving double for Burke.
Quick Deal went straight to the front and shook off a middle half challenge from Lauderdale through honest numbers of :27, :54.4 and 1:23.4. Once clear of that rivalaround the final bend, the final quarter was an in-hand :28 flat sprint for the winner. The 1:51.4 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the classy trotter.
Our Horse Cents Stables and Rossie Smith have endured the peaks and valleys associated with sharing the ownership of Quick Deal, Friday night was a peak. The former $1,000 yearling has earned well in excess $300,000 in his racing career with tonight's mile a career best.
Supporting the feature trotting event was a B2/B1 handicap for filly and mare pacers that came down to the wire with just a nose separating Icommandmysprirt and Monochromatic in the win photo. In the end, it was Icommandmyspirit earning her third consecutive victory for trainer Chris Ryder, driven to victory by Scott Zeron.
The winner made an early lead pressing passed the quarter as Simple Saver N conceded the lead through a :26.3 opening split. Monochromatic then moved her way to the lead, hitting the half in :54.1. Soon after, the early leader Simple Saver N made her second move to the lead as the action really picked up and tripped the three-quarter timer in 1:21.4. From there the battle was on as the three mares lined up across the track down the stretch.
Eventually it was Icommandmyspirit and Monochromatic left to decide the winner, with Icommandmyspirit wearing down her rival to score in a very sharp 1:50.1. Simple Saver N dug in gamely and was just three-quarters of a length back in third, with Mattie Terror Girl rallying well to finish fourth.
The three-peat winner is owned by Cheryl Costello. (Meadowlands)