Yonkers, NY --- Quick Deal (George Brennan) dipped his hooves in ink and rewrote Yonkers Raceway's record book Tuesday night, becoming the fastest trotter in local history and also setting a world record for an older gelding on a half-mile track.
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|Quick Deal set a world record and the Yonkers all-age track mark on Tuesday.|
Returning to Westchester for the first time since early this season, Quick Deal's big deal blew away the gang in the $19,000 sixth race trot. Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 35 cents on the dollar favorite, he made the lead around Political Desire (Mark MacDonald) right at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile.
From there, a :57 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters gave Quick Deal 8-1/2 lengths turning for home. The final margin -- over Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) -- was 11-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, with Political Desire third.
The effort displaced a quartet of trotters -- Blacktuxwhitesocks (Brennan), 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel (Jim Morrill, Jr.), Super Manning (MacDonald) and Tall Cotton (Daniel Dube) -- whose previous 1:54.1 efforts adorned the archives.
According to USTA records, Quick Deal also eclipsed Scorpion Moon's (1:54) older gelding half-mile oval world record, taken at Saratoga in 2010.
Quick Deal, a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Rossie Smith, returned $2.70 for his fifth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $59.50.
"I know he didn't have a whole lot of half-mile experience (a break the last time he was here) and they just said to watch out with him going into the first turn," Brennan said. "Once I made the lead, the rest was simple. I've won a ton of Opens here, but obviously never that fast.
"A sub-1:54 mile for a trotter here, that's something, but he felt very strong."
Quick Deal's effort came within Tuesday's Pick-5, where a $13,000-plus double carryover and a $25,000 guaranteed pool spurred $37,306 of new money. The gimmick wager was hit (winning numbers 4-5-2-4-3) and paid $1,648 for a 50 cent wager.