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Elusive Quality colt

  • Colt had one of the best breezes of entire Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

  • From last crop of Elusive Quality, sire of Smarty Jones and Quality Road

  • Steve Asmussen trains Elusive Quality’s grade one winner She’s A Julie

The Elusive Quality colt dazzled with a beautiful, long stride in the pre-sale breeze, looking like a strong candidate to add a chapter to the esteemed career of his sire.

He is from the final crop of the late Elusive Quality, whose legacy exudes quality through the likes of Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero Smarty Jones and Met Mile winner and top stallion Quality Road. The colt is bred on the same cross as grade 1 winner The Lumber Guy.

Stout and imposing, this colt glided through an eighth of a mile in 10 1/5 at Timonium with tremendous reach and athleticism. He earned a 74 BreezeFig, one of the best in the sale.

David Ingordo said, “Visually, watching from the stands, I gave him a ‘star' notation, and then going back through the breeze videos, I liked it quite a bit as well. I wrote 'Big stride, nice,' and I am a man of few words when I like one. He is a very nice colt by a proven sire.”

There is high class on the dam side with a tie-in to West Point’s own Joe Migliore. Joe’s father, Richard, was the regular rider for this colt’s second dam, Song of Africa, when she was a Graded stakes threat on both turf and dirt on the East Coast.

“i see a lot of similarities with this colt and his granddam,” said Richard, who was on the scene at the Midlantic sale in his current role working for Fasig-Tipton. “Very light on their feet, very well balanced and very efficient strides. Song of Africa was so efficient that she could be just as good on turf as on the dirt.”

The colt will be trained by Steve Asmussen, who oversees Elusive Quality’s current star She’s a Julie, winner of five Graded stakes and more than $1.1-million. She’s a Julie was last seen winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 13. The new colt will be based with Steve’s New York division this summer.

Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2021.


  • Colt is part of Elusive Quality’s final crop
  • Elusive Quality is the sire of eight champions and loads of top horses including KY Derby winner Smarty Jones, top sire Quality Road (pictured), Raven’s Pass, and recent Asmussen grade one winner She’s A Julie.
  • Second dam is stakes winner Song of Africa. Jockey Richard Migliore talks about riding her.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

  • Steve Asmussen is a two-time Eclipse Award winner for leading trainer and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016.
  • Steve has won three Triple Crown races (2007 & 2008) Preakness Stakes and 2016 Belmont Stakes and five Breeders’ Cup races. His top horses include Champions Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, Kodiak Kowboy, My Miss Aurelia, Untapable, and most recently Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Gun Runner.
  • He conditions Elusive Quality’s grade one winner She’s A Julie (named after his wife Julie)

The colt has put in several very good works at Belmont and is close to working from the gate. All systems go for a start over the summer.

Steve Asmussen

Elusive Quality colt Info

  • Trainer: Steve Asmussen
  • Sire: Elusive Quality
  • Dam: Humble Song
  • Broodmare Sire: Songandaprayer
  • Birth Date: May 13, 2018
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: Kentucky
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup, Kentucky-bred program
  • Dosage Index: 4.09
  • Work Time: 10.1
  • Stride Length: 0.45 feet above average
  • Heart Score: 7.5 B+

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