Elusive Quality Colt Shines During Keeneland Under Tack Show

An Elusive Qualitycolt was among the standout performers Monday in Central Kentucky during the second and final under tack show for the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training. He turned in the fastest work at an eighth of a mile, covering the distance in :10 over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.

Consigned by O & H Bloodstock, agent, the colt is out of the 16-year-old stakes-winning Ferdinand mare Up an Eighth, who is from the family of grade I winner and successful sire Broad Brush. Tony Bowling and Bobby Dodd, as agents, purchased the colt for $175,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling auction. The colt breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 during the Keeneland juvenile sale's first under tack show on April 9.

A Hennessy -- Royal Feat filly named Rosy Wreath and a Boundary -- Aces filly turned in the fastest quarter-mile works, each covering the distance in :21. Sequel Bloodstock, agent, is the consignor of Rosy Wreath, who worked an eighth of a mile in :10 on April 9. . The Boundary filly, who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 on April 9, is consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.

A Kingmambo-- Amonita colt was the fastest at a quarter mile on turf, stopping the clock in :22. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent, the colt worked an eighth in :10 3/5 over the Polytrack on April 9.

The times weren't nearly as fast as during the sale's first under tack show, when two horses shared a juvenile auction workout record of :20 1/5 for a quarter and another equaled the juvenile sale workout record of :9 3/5 for an eighth.

The weather for the second show was sunny and cool, but a brisk headwind was blowing much of the time.

"The track is not as tight as it was last week; we knew that," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales, of the slower clockings. "There also wasn't wind here last week, especially into their (the horses') faces, so those factors came into it. Plus. there was the fact that most of the horses performed very well last week, so they didn't have to be set down this week. This was basically more of a maintenance work for those horses. Those that kind of needed to step it up, some of them did and worked over the track very well. There were a whole pile of horses that weren't scheduled to work, and then, as the day went on, some people decided that it was better to leave their horses that had performed well in the first preview in the barns, and they didn't come down to the track."

The juvenile auction begins Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Keeneland sale pavilion in Lexington.