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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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