In order to win a turf sprint you need three essential tools; speed, turn of foot and quickness. It does appear that gelded five year old Quarky has the tools and then some.
He has the kind of speed to attend or set any pace, three of his four lifetime wins have come at this trip and he won his only start on the Oldsmar course. Want more? Check out his last race from SoFla and you’ll have your answer.
More specifically, see RACE 9, JAN 7, at GULFSTREAM PARK in our Tampa Bay Today Video on the homepage. In the lane he never had a real chance. Never mind he was in tight quarters just prior to headstretch and the horse lapped on him was going better in upper stretch.
But as the real test began, the inside leader bore out, forcing Luis Saez to check, eliminating any chance of victory and when apparently beaten, Saez wrapped up and took care of him for another day. Today is that day.
Taking Quarky (5-2) to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with Horse for Course Chess Master (4-1) and old pro win-machine Fox Rox (6-1).