07/08/2017 8:59PM

Yonkers: Kwik Talkin fastest in trio of Sheppard eliminations

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Mike Lizzi
Kwik Talkin shipped down from Ontario's Rideau Carleton Raceway, where he won a pair of overnight races

Persist Blue Chip, Kwik Talkin, and Trump Nation were the winners of the three $25,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard eliminations for 2-year-old colt pacers that were raced on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

The first elimination saw 11-1 shot Damion Diesel Hahn (Ray Schnittker) in front through fractions of 28, 59, and 1:29 4/5, but he was overtaken in the shadow of the wire by a passing lane-rallying Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan), who used a 28 1/5 final quarter to go from sixth and last at three-quarters to the win by a head in 1:58 3/5.  Race favorite America's Guest (Jason Bartlett) was third after a first-over try.

Ron Burke trains Persist Blue Chip, a Roll With Joe colt, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., James Martin, William Switala, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  This was his first career win in his second start, and he has earned $14,060.  Persist Blue Chip, a $57,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy who was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., is the sixth foal out of the Real Desire mare Real Reflection.  The dam is a half-sister to the likes of Art Major, Perfect Art, and Affluence.  Sent off at 4-1, Persist Blue Chip paid $10.20 to win.

In the second elimination Phat Blue Chip (Bartlett) was up to get the lead from Kwik Talkin (Jordan Stratton) at the 27 4/5 opening quarter.  Phat Blue Chip continued to show the way to the half in 57 4/5 and to the three-quarters in 1:27 1/5, but he gave way to a first-over move by Springsteen (Chris Ryder) as the field turned for home.  Kwik Talkin followed Springsteen's move, though, then out-kicked him late to prevail by a length in 1:54 4/5.  Phat Blue Chip held third and was one of two third-place finishers to advance to the final via their final times.

Kwik Talkin, who is now three-for-three in his career to go with a bankroll of $15,840, is a son of Well Said trained by Rob Harmon for owners Robert Robinson, Jacqueline Dinelle, Scott Henry, and Lisa Henry.  Kwik Talkin, who was taken out of the Standardbred Horse Sale for $18,000, is the third foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Kwik Dial, a half-sister to the likes of Dial Or Nodial ($1,745,040).  The 3-5 favorite, Kwik Talkin returned $3.40 to win.

Public choice Real Rayenbow (Bartlett) was in command through splits of 28 3/5, 58 2/5, and 1:28 in the final elimination, but right at three-quarters pocket-sitter Paprike Blue Chip (Brian Sears) and third-place Hora Star (Brennan) both pulled on him, making it a three-wide battle around the far turn and into the stretch.  Hora Star got the advantage in the lane, but 10-1 shot Trump Nation (Eric Goodell), who looked to be out of contention in fifth on the final bend, found his best stride when they straightened out, and he would chase down the leaders to score by a neck in 1:57 1/5.  Hora Star wound up second, with Real Rayenbow third and making the final by virtue of his final time.

The victorious Betterthancheddar colt is trained by Andrew Harris for owner Evan Katz.  Trump Nation, who was bred by Richie Banca and Redmak Enterprises LLC., was victorious in his debut after finishing third in two baby races at Gaitway and the Meadowlands.  He's the first foal out of the Sands A Flyin mare Late Flyin N ($326,183).  He paid $23.40 to win.