Quik and Shady and Billy Davis turned in a speedy performance Tuesday, Jan. 17 through a snow-laden track and frigid temperatures at Northfield Park. The duo covered the one-mile event in 1:55.4.
Quik and Shady was quick out of the gate from post eight and was on a mission. The gelding had his ears pinned and was moving so fast, his saddle towel was flapping in the wind. Ballard Mr Coin and Luke Ebersole also left for the lead from the inside and passed by the quarter in :27.2 before Quik and Shady cleared to the top heading to the half in :57.1. From there, the Indiana sired gelding was in control, fending off challengers through the three-quarters in 1:26.2.
In the stretch, Ballard Mr Coin had an opportunity to pass up Quik and Shady, but the latter was strong through the wire to win by two lengths in 1:55.4. Ballard Mr Coin was a solid second over Backseat Joker and Hunter Myers for third.
Quik and Shady paid $5.00 for the win as the favorite of the field. The six-year-old son of Shadyshark Hanover is owned by Scott Linville and Jonas Schmucker. Linville trains the gelding, who was bred by Phillip Wittmer.
Quik and Shady is a recent addition to the Linville Stable. It was his second straight start for his new connections and he is now two for two for them in 2024. Overall, he has 14 career wins and more than $116,000 in earnings with a career best time of 1:50.2 taken last year as a five-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Later in the card, another Indiana sired gelding was a winner as Stabler, driven by Aaron Merriman scored a gate to wire win in 1:59.4. The four-year-old son of Always a Virgin fended off a late charge by Make More Happen and Kurt Sugg for the win by a neck. Haste Make Waste and Drew Neill finished third.
Stabler was the favorite, paying $4.20 for the win. He is owned by Kelly, Carl and Scott Goodwin. Kelly Goodwin trains the homebred gelding, who has a mark of 1:56.0 and earnings of more than $68,000.
Northfield was only one of two places that raced Tuesday due to inclement weather that canceled racing in other states. They joined Miami Valley as the only other track racing, and Miami Valley was the first track of any breed to race Tuesday before 4 p.m.