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Rock N Load, Quick Deal win Yonkers co-features

Rock N Load, Quick Deal win Yonkers co-features
Friday, November 22, 2013 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps (pace for the ladies and trot for any qualified candidates) were won by a pocketed Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton, $7.10) and all-age track record holder Quick Deal (George Brennan, $4.60).

In what turned out to be a two-speed number, eight hole-ordered Swinging Beauty (Brennan) made the lead around Rock N Load -- from post position No. 5 -- before a :28 opening quarter-mile. A pokey :58.3 intermission figured to serve the 8-5 favorite well as Collage (Eric Goodell) tried it first-up from sixth.

It was Swinging Beauty leading at the 1:27.1 three-quarters, with a 1-1/2 length advantage entering the lane. However, despite Swinging Beauty's cheap fractions, Rock N Load scooted past, ducking inside and winning by a half-length in 1:55.1. Collage held well for third, with Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Dawn's Legacy (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees.

For second choice Rock N Load, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trained by Danny Gill for co-owners Edward Hall and James Hall, Jr., it was her eighth win in 38 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $122.

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Quick Deal was a 1:55 winner in the Open Handicap Trot.

The week's marquee trot saw Quick Deal -- who had previously set and reset the all-age trot track standard (1:53.3, 1:53.2), not have to go nearly as fast this night.

Wide and waiting from his assigned eight-ball, the 13-10 choice was out two turns before taking the baton from Zooming (Jason Bartlett). After early intervals of :27.2 and :56.2, last week's winner, Brando's Muscle Man (Goodell), moved from fifth.

Meanwhile, Quick Deal was getting some nighttime daylight in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a 3-1/4 length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55, a tick faster than the distaff pacing derby. A left-and-shuffled Likeabatoutahell (Sears) closed for second, with Melady's Monet (Dan Dube), Zooming and Brando's Muscle Man completing the cashers.

Quick Deal, a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Rossie Smith, is now nine-for-21 this season (fifth consecutive victory). The exacta paid $19.60, the triple returned $178.50 and the superfecta paid $571.

Friday also saw Trace Tetrick win his first local race, with Fox Valley Barbosa ($18.20) in the $8,000 third-race pace (1:55.4).

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