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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Mosler Wins Elusive Quality at Belmont

Given a perfect trip by jockey Joel Rosario, Mosler took the first stakes race of Belmont Park's Spring/Summer meet, winning the $100,000 Elusive Quality at seven furlongs on turf by 1 ¾ lengths.


 

Mosler, a $1 million yearling purchase, had shown promise on dirt early in his career, but earned his first stakes victory in the Elusive Quality. Two starts ago, the son of War Front contested the Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Fort Lauderdale on turf, tiring to finish sixth after pressing the pace.


 

"We've considered turf in the past, but he'd run well enough on the dirt, so there wasn't really a reason to try it right away," said Leanna Willaford, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott. "He was very impressive today."


 

Making his first turf start around one turn, Mosler proved his mettle. The Adele Dilschneider color-bearer sat a dream trip along the rail, tracking a sensible pace set by Plainview of 22.41 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.33 for the half.


 

Trapped behind horses in upper stretch, Rosario didn't panic, and eventually a seam opened. Mosler and Rosario shot through the gap and pulled away in the final furlong to win comfortably.


 

"It was a good trip," said Rosario. "He was traveling really nice behind the field and then we went a little bit [toward the rail] turning for home. It looked like we had nowhere to go, but he was always there. He didn't hang; passed the three-eighths pole he was moving really nice and I was hoping he would stay the same all the way to the finish. When I asked him to run, he did it all."


 

Mosler returned $10.80 on a $2 win wager and completed the distance in 1:20.63. His career bankroll now stands at $215,880.


 

Plainview, making his 7-year-old debut for trainer Greg DiPrima, hung on to finish second, a head in front of Spring to the Sky.


 

The David Jacobson-trained Slim Shadey mounted a late rally to finish fourth, while Dimension, King Kreesa, Mr. Online, Sinatra and Tightend Touchdown completed the order of finish.


Source: NYRA Communications

 

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