It happened once again. On Friday night at the Meadowlands a horse making its first start for Ron Burke won in 1:53.2, a remarkable improvement of 4 3/5 seconds over his previous career best. The win by the 3-year-old trotter Time To Quit led to a predictable outcry on the message boards and blogs with many of Burke's detractors claiming Time To Quit's performance was another example of the sport's top trainer being too good to be true.
When asked about the gelding's improvement Burke gave Harness Racing Update a thorough and reasoned explanation, much of which had to do
with showing changes. Burke said that when his crew had the horse vetted out he was told that he had feet problems that the connections were exacerbating with poor shoeing decisions. Time To Quit, who is by Chocolatier, had been campaigning at Balmoral, where he was trained and driven by Michael Cox.
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