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Elusive Quality Adds US Black-Type
Former Darley shuttler Elusive Quality (Gone West-Touch Of Greatness, by Hero's Honor) added a US black-type success when front-running 4YO mare Starfish Bay (Elusive Quality-Touch Love, by Not For Love) scored by a neck in the US$52,000 Listed The Very One Stakes (5 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Pimlico. Starfish Bay (ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher) defeated 6YO mare Suzzona (The Name's Jimmy-Planca, by Sunny's Halo) & 5YO mare Kosmo's Buddy (Outflanker-Vaulted, by Allen's Prospect). Starfish Bay (who set a 5 furlongs turf course record last year at Monmouth Park & then another 5 furlongs turf course record at Gulfstream Park in February) took her record to 5 wins (also including February's Listed Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes over 5 furlongs at Gulfstream & 2009's Listed From New York To Old Stakes over 5.5 furlongs at Saratoga) & 2 placings from 11 starts for US$186,831 earnings.