Sr. Quisqueyano was strong in the stretch, pulling away to a 7 1/2-length victory over odds-on favorite Speak Logistics in the $250,000 Calder Derby April 6. The 3-year-old son of Exclusive Quality covered nine furlongs at Calder Casino & Race Course in 1:52.71 (VIDEO).
With Carlos Olivero up, Sr. Quisqueyano was challenged through early splits of :23.76, :48.43, and 1:13.16 while stalked by Speak Logistics, then pulled away from that rival in the lane, opening up a fourth-length lead at the eighth pole after a mile in 1:38.98.
The winner, owned by Rosa Stephany Taveras and trained by Luis Olivares, was bred in Florida by Do-Little Farm and is out of the Polish Navy mare Royal Navy. The bay colt has now earned two stakes wins from 10 starts, having landed the $73,800 Sea Cliff Stakes last August at Calder. He has a 4-4-0 slate and has earned $319,950 with the $150,350 payday.
Second to Itsmyluckyday Jan. 1 in the Gulfstream Derby, Sr. Quisqueyano was unplaced in both the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) this spring.
The winner paid $10.80, $4.40, and $3.40. Speak Logistics paid $2.60 and $2.10 while Reporting Star paid $5.60 to show. The $2 exacta (1-4) paid $24.60 and the 1-4-3 trifecta brought back $177.