Mr. Elusive, one of 77 foals in the first crop by Elusive Quality, became the first winner for that sire when he won Friday at Santa Anita.
Jocelyn Dickey McKathan's 2-year-old Kentucky-bred completed the quarter-mile dash in :21.18 after dueling with Enduring Freedom and Newport Nikki through an :11.06 opening furlong. The Danny Velasquez trainee beat the favored Wesley Ward-trained Newport Nikki by a length at the wire. He was ridden by Paul Atkinson. Mr. Elusive finished second in his first career start.
Elusive Quality (Gone West--Touch of Greatness, by Hero's Honor) won nine of 20 career races, including the Jaipur (gr. IIIT) and Poker (gr. IIIT) Handicaps as a 5-year-old. In winning the one-mile Poker Handicap in 1:31.63, he set a world record for the distance. Elusive Quality also set a seven-furlong track record at Gulfstream Park while making his first 4-year-old start. The Bill Mott trainee won his debut race by 11 1/2 lengths. He retired with earnings of $413,284 and stands at Gainsborough Farm for a fee of $10,000.
Another horse from Elusive Quality's first crop starts at Keeneland Sunday. Ronny Werner-trained Adopted Daughter is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a 4 1/2-furlong race at the Kentucky track.
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