"Then I Knew Maybe We Had Something"
Jul 13

There has been many a quality yearling acquired through budgetary constraints over the years. Kwik Talkin would appear to be one the most recent examples.

Saturday night he heads into the $110,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard at Yonkers Raceway as the favourite. Not a bad position for an $18,000 yearling purchase at last year's Harrisburg sale to be.

"We bought him because we were unable to afford an Ontario sired colt," explained trainer and co-owner Rob Robinson of Metcalfe, Ontario.

Kwik Talkin winning his elim. (Mike Lizzi photo)

"I also had a few Well Said colts in the past and liked what I saw but for the most part it was affordability. I'm one of the ones that likes the breed. At that price he was in our bracket, we might have gone as much as $25,000 but I was happy when the purchase was made."

Robinson runs a small stable in eastern Ontario. He stables at Hamstad Farm near Russell, Ontario, the training centre operated by Dr. Garth Henry. He went into the winter with 16 head but now sits with just three in training.

"I had quite a number for Ohio people over the winter but they are gone now. I didn't think Kwik Talkin was the best until one day he went by the one I thought was the best.

"Then I knew maybe we had something but up until then he had just done what he was supposed to do," he offered.

"I liked him on video because he was on the pace and nowhere could you ever think he would tap a knee. He is what I call a medium build, nice bodied but most of all has a great stride as the finish shot from last week's elimination at Yonkers showed."

Robinson is a native of Odessa, Ontario, and has largely kept his activity to the Ottawa Valley through Rideau Carleton Raceway. He received zero notice for it but it was he who developed Ohio's top two-year-old pacing filly of 2016 in Berazzled.

This daughter of Charley Barley won $196,000 including the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stake final at Northfield Park. Robinson qualified her at the Ottawa track before turning her over to Danny Collins for her American campaign.

"This guy might be better yet. Post seven for the final does not help matters but in trying to be unbiased I have to say I thought he looked the most impressive of the starters from last week. If things go our way he will win but if not he won't.

"Then if he comes out of the race all right, it will be off to The Meadows for a Pennsylvania Sires Stake."

While in the United States, Robinson sent the horse to the care of trainer Rob Harmon who is based at the Mark Ford Training Centre in New York state.

"We've had a pretty good offer on him and I've always been a seller. There are first time owners involved with him and then decided they wanted to not sell. So for now at least he is a keeper," said Robinson who shares ownership with Jacqueline Dinelle and Scott and Lisa Henry.

Kwik Talkin who is now three for three, was bred by Lindwood Farm of Pennsylvania who have a Western Ideal colt to offer this fall.


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