'Quality' First Book of Mares


Essential Quality | Sarah Andrew

'TDN Rising Star' Essential Quality (Tapit–Delightful Quality, by  Elusive Quality), a leading Eclipse Award finalist for champion 3-year-old colt, heads to the breeding shed with an impressive line-up of mares for his first season at stud at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky.

The 2020 champion 2-year-old colt and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner continued to add to his loaded resume at three, capturing the GI Belmont S. and GI Runhappy Travers S. He concluded his career with a third-place finish against his elders in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.

The Godolphin homebred stands his first season at stud for $75,000.

“We are delighted with Essential Quality's first book,” said Darren Fox, Sales Manager, Darley Stallions. “He has amassed a very strong group of mares as you might expect from the highest-priced freshman of his year. This positions him extremely well for his second career and we hope he is equally adept as he was at his first career.”

Essential Quality's first book of approximately 160 mares includes standouts such as:

  • American Story (Ghostzapper), GSP; half-sister to MGISW Seventh Street (Street Cry {Ire}) and G1SW Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown); $2.2 million FTKNOV purchase in 2017; dam of MGISW American Gal (Concord Point) and SW & GSP Americanize (Concord Point).
  • Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler), MGISW; dam of SW and $2-million OBS March topper Chestertown (Tapit).
  • Baffled (Distorted Humor), GSP; half-sister to GISW Emcee (Unbridled's Song); $1.8 million FTKNOV purchase in 2019; dam of MGISW Constitution (Tapit), GSW Jacaranda (Congrats) and GSW Boynton (More Than Ready).
  • Bashful Bertie (Quiet American), full-sister to MGSW & GISP Allamerican Bertie and half-sister to MGSW & GISP Hurricane Bertie (Storm Boot); dam of MGISW Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid).
  • Believe You Can (Proud Citizen), winner of the 2012 GI Kentucky Oaks; dam of SW & GSP Believe In Royalty (Tapit).
  • Candy Fortune (Candy Ride {Arg}), dam of GISW Hog Creek Hustle (Overanalyze) and GSW Majestic Dunhill (Majesticperfection).
  • Centre Court (Smart Strike), GISW; half-sister to GSW Ravel (Fusaichi Pegasus); dam of GSW Navratilova (Medaglia d'Oro).
  • Comedy (Theatrical {Ire}), $1.5 million KEENOV purchase in 2015; dam of GISW Taris (Flatter), SW & MGSP Theatre Star (War Front); and SW Stoweshoe (Flatter).
  • Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), GISW; $1.95 million KEENOV purchase in 2020.
  • Crosswinds (Storm Cat), half-sister to GSW & MGISP Filimbi (Mizzen Mast); dam of GISW Weep No More (Mineshaft) and GSW Current (Curlin).
  • It Tiz (Tiznow), MSW; dam of GISW It Tiz Well (Arch).
  • Lady Shipman (Midshipman), GSW & GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint runner-up; dam of GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner and GII Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo).
  • No Questions Asked (Awesome Again), $300,000 KEENOV purchase in 2021; full-sister to GISW Paynter and half-sister to GSW Tiz West (Gone West).
  • Panty Raid (Include), MGISW; $2.5 million FTKNOV purchase in 2008; full-sister to GSW & GISP St. John's River; dam of GSW & GISP Micheline (Bernardini) and MGSP Proxy (Tapit).
  • Red Lark (Ire) (Epaulette {Aus}), GISW; half-sister to GSP All Set To Go (Ire) (Verglas {Ire}).
  • Romantic Vision (Lemon Drop Kid), GISW; half-sister to SP Hard Attack (Hard Spun).
  • Seventh Street (Street Cry {Ire}), MGISW; $1 million Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old purchase in 2007; half-sister to G1SW Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown) and GSP American Story (Ghostzapper); dam of GSW & GISP Lake Avenue (Tapit) and GISP Marking (Bernardini).
  • Wedding Toast (Street Sense), MGISW; dam of SW Ya Hayati (Dubawi {Ire}).

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