Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 04, 2009 |
couple of weeks ago we noted how well Elusive Quality's 2005 crop had done.
They are headed by the now-retired Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) winner Raven's
Pass, and have been well-represented this year by the General George
Handicap (gr. II) victor True Quality and Royale Michele, who
took the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II). Now moving into the limelight is
Elusive Quality's current 3-year-old crop, which significantly is the first
one out of the mares bred to Elusive Quality (TrueNicks,SRO)
following the championship season of his son Smarty Jones (TrueNicks,SRO)
this crop already won stakes at 2 -- with Elusive Bluff taking the
Pligrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) and Evasive (GB) (TrueNicks rated A++) winning the
Mountgrange Stud Horris Hill Stakes (Eng-III) -- and two more important stakes winners were
In mid-week, Devotee (TrueNicks B), who was grade
I-placed in the U.S. at 2, landed the Meydan City U.A.E. Oaks. The race runs in the
family, as Devotee is out of Danuta, a Sunday Silence half-sister to Folk, who
took the same race (then called the Al Tayer Motors U.A.E. Oaks) and the Gulf News U.A.E. One Thousand Guineas, before finishing third in the CCA Oaks
(gr. I). Devotee's granddam, Polish Style, is a French listed winner and graded-placed in Italy, by Danzig out
of 1985 champion juvenile filly Family Style.
Saturday, Quality Road, making only his third start, underlined his
standing as a classic hopeful with a win in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr.
II). TrueNicks rated A+ even before his win, Quality Road is out of the
Strawberry Road (AUS) mare Kobla, a sister to champion 3-year-old filly Ajina.
This is a beautifully structured pedigree, with 6 X 5 line-breeding to the important
mare Flower Bowl, and inbreeding to Raise a Native through Mr. Prospector and Alydar. All
this is arranged with many other complex relationships, and the full story will
appear later in the week in the BloodHorse.com column Porter On
Before leaving Elusive Quality's 3-year-old crop, we should
also mention Elusive Heat. The daughter of champion Xtra Heat made a winning
debut in New York last year, then was beaten a nose by Gemswick Park (by
) in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III). Since then, she returned
to take an allowance at Gulfstream Park by more than 13 lengths while running a 108