Ottawa-Based Rookie In Sheppard Elims
Jul 3

Kwik Talking, an Ottawa-based two-year-old pacing colt who has won his first two career starts at Rideau Carleton Raceway, will take on the big boys in his first start stateside in the second of three $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.

The Sheppard, named for the man behind breeding behemoth Hanover Shoe Farms, has its three elims going as races 4, 5 and 6 on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Kwik Talkin has drawn post two in the second division with Jordan Stratton slated to steer. The Well Said rookie is trained by Robert Robinson who co-owns with Jacqueline Dinelle and Scott and Lisa Henry of Mitcalfe and Odessa, Ontario.

Bred by Lindwood Farm, the colt was an $18,000 buy at Harrisburg. He is the third foal from the former Ontario regular Kwik Dial, a half-sister to $1.7 million winner Dial Or Nodial.

Also in the second division is Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker, 5), a winner at first asking (1:53.1) in Pennsylvania All Stars event (Pocono) this past Sunday night. The son of Somebeachsomewhere looks to his give his trainer/driver a second consecutive (Summer Side) Sheppard victory.

Another set of winners landed in the third elim, with Paprike Blue Chip (Corey Callahan, post 1) and Lucky Leonard (Schnittker, post 7). The former, a Roll with Joe gelding, won a Pocono overnight in 1:54.2, while the latter, a Well Said colt, won a PA All Star event in 1:55.1.

The first division finds Americas Guest (Brett Miller, post 3), raced-timed in 1:53 in his purse debut across the river.

Saturday night’s dozen-race dossier (post time 7:10 PM) also includes the requisite $55,000 Open Handicaps, with Luck Be Withyou (Brian Sears) and Awsome Valley (Jason Bartlett) in their respective eight-hole for the Pace (8th race) and Trot (9th race).


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