Well Said 2YO colt wins $110,500 Sheppard Final

Well Said 2YO colt wins $110,500 Sheppard Final

Jordan 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 2-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 by WELL SAID - from post position seven - was thrown in the fray, along with pole-sitting Springsteen, Real Rayenbow (Chuck Connor Jr.) and Hora Star (Greg Merton). ‘Rayenbow’ was the first leader, before the 3-4 choice 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.

KWIK TALKIN, an $18,000 Harrisburg buy, is a perfect (four-for-four) son of WELL SAID trained by Rob Harmon for Ontario co-owners Robert Robinson, Jacqueline Dinelle and Scott & Lisa Henry, and the mile was a life-best effort. The exacta paid $9.20, with the triple returning $22.60.

“He doesn’t race like a 2-year-old,” Stratton said. “He doesn’t act as a 2-year-old,” Harmon said of the winner, indoctrinated at Ottawa’s Rideau Carleton Raceway.  “I knew I’ve have to use him early, but once I made the lead, he rated the way an older horse would,” Stratton added.

WELL SAID will be arriving in Australia in August.