Quality will be seeking her first stakes victory on New Year's Day at
Aqueduct Racetrack, as she takes on some familiar faces in the $100,000
Interborough, run at six furlongs for fillies and mares.
off the board in 11 career starts, the Elusive Quality mare has been a
model of consistency. Through six starts in 2013 she has one win, four
seconds, and a third to her credit, with her lone victory coming in an
optional claiming race on May 24 at Belmont Park. Following that
performance, she placed third in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap, run
on June 15 at Belmont, then rattled off two consecutive runner-up
finishes at Saratoga Race Course, despite encountering trouble in both
starts. In her most recent outing, she finished second to Ullapool in
the Garland of Roses, run over a muddy Aqueduct main track, besting
Interborough entrants Baby J and Miss Mischief by three-quarters of a
length and 4 ½ lengths, respectively. Her trainer, Tom Albertrani,
believes the Interborough may finally be her breakthrough race.
been very consistent all year for us," said Albertrani, who won the
2009 Interborough with Zada Belle. "She ran a really good race in the
Garland of Roses so we're hoping that she'll be even better this time
with Centring, entered earlier on the card in the Affectionately,
Albertrani indicated that Delightful Quality's career may be coming to a
probably be retired early next year," said the trainer, "so hopefully
we can get a black-type win with her before she leaves."
by Darley Stable and to be ridden by Jose Ortiz, Delightful Quality
drew post position 5 and is the 2-1 favorite on the morning line.
in class and turning back in distance is the Todd Pletcher-trained
Fantasy of Flight, who is coming off of a sixth-place finish in the
Grade 2, one-mile Go For Wand Handicap on November 29 at the Big A, and a
third place finish in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Turnback the Alarm
Handicap on October 26 at Belmont. Assistant trainer Byron Hughes hopes a
return to sprinting will be enough to get Fantasy of Flight back to the
winner's circle, as she is without victory in 2013.
has a high cruising speed so it seems like she'll be better off at six
[furlongs]," said Hughes. "She's run well at the distance before and is
coming into the race in great shape."
Ortiz, Jr. will ride the Tiznow mare, who is 7-2 on the morning line,
for owner Sanford Robbins. The pair will leave from post position 4.
D N A has proven to be a shrewd claim for trainer Rudy Rodriguez and
owners Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stable. Haltered for $35,000 in late
August, the bay daughter of Lion Heart has rewarded her new connections
with three seconds and a first through four starts. Though the
Interborough represents a significant bump in class, her versatility may
help to offset the stiffer competition, as she has run well both on and
off the pace, and on tracks labeled fast, good, and muddy.
The 5-year-old mare will be ridden from post position 2 by C.C. Lopez and sits at 6-1 on the morning line.
out the field are PJ's Superego, winner of an optional claiming race on
December 19 at Aqueduct for trainer Joe Orseno; Baby J, most recently
third in the Garland of Roses; and Miss Mischief, who is also exiting
the Garland of Roses after finishing fourth.
Five Star Momma was entered but will not run, according to trainer Jena Antonucci.