Stands for $75,000 live foal at Darley
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.