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Between Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, March 28, Elusive Quality was represented by the most significant winner of the week -- Dubai World Cup hero Well Armed included! That was 3-year-old colt Quality Road, who won the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28 in track-record time (click here to see the chart) to vault to the top of the list of Kentucky Derby contenders.

Now sporting a record of 3 wins from 4 starts, with the G2 Fountain of Youth also to his credit and a bankroll of $632,830 (including $600,000 in graded earnings), Quality Road is assured of a berth in the Kentucky Derby and gives his sire a solid chance to get another classic winner, following 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero Smarty Jones.

Elusive Quality had another top-class 3-year-old last year in Raven's Pass, who won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic last fall over the Derby trip of 10 furlongs.

Already this year -- through three months -- Elusive Quality has been represented by a spate of stakes winners and high-class runners around the world, most notably the 3-year-old filly Devotee, who won the UAE Oaks at Nad Al Sheba. Many of them have been sprinters, including the Australian-bred Hong Kong runner Lucky Quality, unplaced in the G1 Golden Shaheen Saturday but undefeated in four all-weather sprints; Mutqan, who won the 1200-meter Doha Sprint in Qatar; True Quality, winner of the G2 General George and the Paumonok Handicap; Royale Michele, winner of the G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, etc.

Through Saturday, Elusive Quality was second on the Thoroughbred Times general sire list behind Giant's Causeway with progeny earnings of $2,193,189. He is credited with five stakes winners this year, and at least 44 for his career -- not bad for a stallion that began his career for $10,000 live foal.

--Sid Fernando

DAVID BAY (AUSTRALIA)

DAVID BAY (born 1952) has owned horses since he was a teenager, trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter and editor on major Australian newspapers before becoming chief executive of Australian Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (now Thoroughbred Breeders Australia) for several years. More info...

EMMA BERRY

EMMA BERRY (UK) is the bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine and European correspondent for Inside Racing in Australia. She has previously worked as deputy editor of Pacemaker and deputy editor/racing editor of Horse & Hound. She does matings in Europe only. More info...

SID FERNANDO

SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. (eNicks.com). He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade. More info...

ROBERT D. FIERRO

ROBERT D. FIERRO is managing director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™... More info...

FRANCES J. KARON

FRANCES J. KARON is the acclaimed editor and a writer for the quarterly publications North American Trainer and Trainer magazines and one of the familiar faces at the Four Star Sales agency. Among the horses whose matings Frances has recommended are Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat and Grade 2 winners Fire Slam and Irguns Angel More info...

KRISTEN MANNING (AUSTRALIA)

KRISTEN MANNING is a freelance pedigree analyst and racing journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working for various publications such as Bluebloods, Owner Breeder and Racetrack Magazine, she has been studying pedigrees for two decades... More info...

KAREL MIEDEMA (SOUTH AFRICA)

Of Dutch extraction, KAREL MIEDEMA was born in 1946 and emigrated from UK to South Africa in 1976. A life-long obsession with racing developed into a deep interest in breeding and pedigrees during the 1980s. His pedigree insight focuses on genetic sibling inbreeding... More info...

DIEGO MITAGSTEIN (ARGENTINA)

DIEGO MITAGSTEIN is based in Argentina and is one of the most prominent turf journalists in South America. More info...

FRANK MITCHELL

FRANK MITCHELL is the author of the book Great Breeders and their Methods: The Hancocks and is the editor and principal writer of Racehorse Breeding Theories. Formerly deputy bloodstock editor of Daily Racing Form, he writes a weekly column for Daily Racing Form called "Sires and Dams" that concentrates on bloodstock and sales... More info...

MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR (INDIA)

MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR was born 1943 in Mumbai, India, and educated at St. Xavier's High School and College, Mumbai. He joined the Army and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery. He was sent on deputation to Nigeria and took active part in two wars. The Major took premature retirement in 1987 and joined the Stud Book Authority of India... More info...

STEVEN A. ROMAN, PH.D

STEVEN A. ROMAN, Ph.D, was born in 1943 in New York City and is currently a resident of Costa Rica. He is the author of Dosage: Pedigree and Performance, published by the Russell Meerdink Co., in 2003... More info...

VICTOR SHEAHAN (IRELAND)

VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. More info...

LAUREN STICH

LAUREN STICH has long been considered the dean of pedigree handicapping. Stich has parlayed a series of racing-related jobs beginning in her teenage years in New York City, starting with The Morning Telegraph in 1970, where she received a priceless education under the legendary racing journalists Charles Hatton, Evan Shipman and Joe Hirsch... More info...

CLIVE WEBB-CARTER (UK)

CLIVE WEBB-CARTER has been involved in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry for about twenty years. Clive has gained international experience on a number of leading stud farms, including Fayette Park in New Zealand; Side Hill Stud, Newmarket . . . More info...