On a Saturday full of 2-year-old stakes at Calder, the most impressive performance came from the Exclusive Quality colt Sr. Quisqueyano, who scored a commanding 13 ¾-length winner [VIDEO] of the $75,000 Seacliff S.
Sr. Quisqueyano is one of 24 winners this year by Exclusive Quality, more than any other second-crop Florida stallion. The Seacliff winner is his leading earner in 2012.
The Luis Olivares-trained bay colt waited for his cue while in third, then unleashed a winning move down the backstretch that saw him open up a seven-length lead at the top of the stretch, expanding that margin with ease through the wire while running one mile in 1:41.44.
“He broke good and it seemed like he wanted to go a little bit, but I wanted to play it safe, take him back a little, and maybe teach him something for later,” winning rider Jozbin Santana said. “And once he realized I wanted him to settle, he settled down and let go of the bit.
“Coming to the backside I saw the horses in front starting to get a little tired, so I let my horse creep up a little bit and get close to the horse on the lead. After that, he just galloped out.”
The Seacliff victory was the third straight for the unbeaten Sr. Quisqueyano, who broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths on April 22 before returning in an entry-level allowance on August 11 where he was 12 ¼ lengths better than his nearest pursuer, D’nied Permission, who went on to win the Affirmed S. later on the card.
With the $45,000 payday, Sr. Quisqueyano has racked up $84,600 in lifetime earnings for his owner Rosa Taveras. Bred in Florida by Do-Little Farm LLC, Sr. Quisqueyano is out of Royal Navy, whose siblings include three multiple stakes winners.
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