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2nd at 3SPECTACULAR BID S.
( 6.5f , to Exclusive Quality, defeating R Loyal Man, In Summation, Carvajal ).
In spite of it being only his fourth start and competing against four rivals in his stakes debut, Exclusive Quality turned in a big performance in the Spectacular Bid Stakes April 1 at Gulfstream Park. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt prevailed by a half length to secure his third consecutive win under jockey John Velazquez. The Eclipse Award-winning pair celebrated three stakes victories at Gulfstream that day, the others being with Bandini and Honey Ryder.
Running in the red and white silks of Aaron and Marie Jones, Exclusive Quality was bred in Florida by Manali Farm. The son of Elusive Quality, who missed by only three-quarters of a length finishing second in his first start at Aqueduct, has collected all three of his career victories at Gulfstream. He came into the Spectacular Bid off an allowance win, where he set a track record, going seven furlongs in 1:21.11. With his Spectacular Bid paycheck, Exclusive Quality has earned $92,600 for the Joneses.
Tied to the Thoroughbred business for more than 30 years, the Joneses own the Eugene, Ore.-based Seneca Livestock Co. and have had past success with Eclipse Award winners Lemhi Gold, 1982 older horse; Tiffany Lass, 1986 3-year-old filly; and Riboletta, 2000 older mare.
Exclusive Quality fetched $850,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, he was purchased by Buzz Chace, agent, who was representing the Joneses.
Exclusive Quality was bred from the Glitterman mare First Glimmer. Though unraced, First Glimmer is a half-sister to grade I-placed Brave Deed (by Alydeed), who ran second in the 1998 Test Stakes at Saratoga. Also in Exclusive Quality’s female line is grade III stakes winner Belle’s Gold and stakes winners Real Ruckus and Air Cool.
First Glimmer’s last reported foal is I’m Urbane, a 2-year-old colt by Suave Prospect.
Elusive Quality is the sire of 24 stakes winners, including additional 2006 added-money winners Maryfield, Skeleton Crew, and Vague (in United Arab Emirates). The 13-year-old son of Gone West stands at Gainsborough Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $100,000.—E.M.
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