05/09/2005 11:00PM

Quick in Deed has the edge in allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes-placed Quick in Deed will try to make short work of his seven opponents in Thursday's sixth race at Woodbine. The six-furlong event is the tougher split of a $62,800 allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of two.

Quick in Deed has hit the board in each of his four outings, all for trainer Abraham Katryan. He defeated a quality field in his debut Sept. 24 and then finished third in the restricted Bull Page Stakes behind Wholelottabourbon, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old in 2004.

Quick in Deed's final 2-year-old attempt resulted in a second-place finish behind Bull Page runner-up Enough is Enough in the seven-furlong Frost King Stakes. Following a six-month layoff, Quick in Deed got a career-high 90 Beyer Speed Figure here April 23 for running second in a five-furlong allowance won by Verne's Baby, who came right back to capture the Queenston Stakes.

Quick in Deed will add blinkers and retains jockey Ray Sabourin.

Among the other contenders in Thursday's sixth race are Flat Rock, Stately Clock, and Flashinthesky.

Flat Rock romped in his debut in June 2004 before ending up fourth as the heavy favorite in the Clarendon Stakes. He was fourth behind Verne's Baby and Quick in Deed when he came off the sidelines over a sloppy track April 23.

Stately Clock was second the last time he competed against Ontario-sired allowance company, in June 2004. He finished fifth in the June 16 Bold Ruckus Stakes and was shelved for the remainder of the year. Stately Clock returned April 24 going seven furlongs in an open allowance, and in a very tight photo lost by a whisker.

Flashinthesky received a 90 Beyer when he suffered a neck defeat in October, his final 2004 race. He won his maiden over Ontario-sired maiden special weight opposition with just a 68 Beyer on the second day of the current meeting.

The weaker division Thursday includes Northern Joe, Fire Power, and Wakefields.

Northern Joe, a lightly raced 4-year-old, hasn't seen action since his quick maiden triumph about a year ago. Last Saturday, he drilled five furlongs in 1:00.40, the fifth-fastest of 69 workers at the distance.

Fire Power, third in Verne's Baby's recent allowance score, is receiving Lasix for the first time.

Wakefields was a stalking third in his seasonal bow, an open first-level allowance won by Dundurn.