06/11/2017 5:59PM

El Deal relies on superior speed to blitz Decathlon foes

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Jose Ferrer rides his third winner of the card, El Deal, a three-length winner in the six-furlong Decathlon.

El Deal is exceedingly fast, and he left his four rivals in the $57,600 Decathlon at Monmouth Park on Sunday wondering which way he went after leaving them in his dust en route to a three-length victory in the six-furlong stakes.

Still Krz tried to put pressure on El Deal early but couldn't keep up after the opening quarter-mile. El Deal opened a lengthy lead on the far turn and then was not seriously challenged in the stretch.

A 5-year-old son of Munnings, El Deal paid $3.40. He cut out fractions of 21.26 seconds, 43.12, and 55.51 over a Monmouth track that was playing fast on a hot day and completed the course in 1:08.59.

El Deal was the second winner on the card for meet-leading trainer Jorge Navarro, and the third for jockey Jose Ferrer, who is second in the standings. He is owned by Albert and Michelle Crawford.

"I never really asked him for much," Ferrer said. "He popped out of the gate and that was pretty much it. I knew he was going fast, but not that fast."

The Decathlon was El Deal's second start for Navarro. He won an overnight handicap on the Charles Town Classic undercard on April 22 in his debut for his new stable.

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"The opportunity came up and we purchased him privately," Navarro said. "He’s got such natural speed and showed how good he is today.”

El Deal is now 8 for 15 in his career with earnings of $295,025. The Decathlon was his second stakes win. He won the Gold Fever at Belmont Park in May 2015.

Ostrolenka finished second in the Decathlon. He lagged well back early, commenced a bid along the inside on the far turn, and finished well in a good effort. It was 1 1/2 lengths farther back to Still Krz in third. Always Sunshine, who was bumped between horses at the start by the winner and Still Kr, finished fourth.

Florida shipper Tiger Ride, the second choice at 3-1, never got involved and finished last.