IMPRESSIVE IN IRISH DAY STAKES
Wash. (June 25, 2017) – Lightly-raced Top Quality made a looping move to the
lead and poured it on late and scored a sharp 3 ¾-length victory over
Blazinbeauty in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at
by Juan Gutierrez at 118 lbs, Top Quality raced one mile in 1:34.88 and paid
$11.40, $6.20 and $4.80 as third betting choice in the field of 10. Blaine
Wright is the winning trainer for owner Dave Mowat of Medina, Wash.
Quality’s winning time was just shy of the stakes record 1:34.74 set by
Stopshoppingdebbie in 2013.
race was only the fourth career start for Top Quality, a Kentucky-bred daughter
of Quality Road who sold for $280,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale. Her
previous three starts were in California with trainer Simon Callaghan,
including a maiden special weight victory June 3 at Golden Gate Fields. Her
overall record is 2-0-0 in four starts with earnings of $43,790.
ridden by Isaias Enriquez at 119 lbs, rallied to finish second and paid $4.20
and $3.20. The gray daughter of Tale of Ekati now has a second and two thirds
in the first three stakes in the sophomore filly division.
Yourself, ridden by Javier Matias, nosed out Reginella for third and paid $4.60
Legacy, the 9-to-5 betting favorite, led through six furlongs in 1:10.97, but
gave way under high weight of 123 lbs and finished eighth. Winner of the Kent
Stakes last month, Risque’s Legacy is 3-1-0 in five career starts.
Quality raced in fifth place as Risque’s Legacy set the pace under heavy
pressure from Sheeza Sassy Girl. The winner rallied four wide on the turn,
gained the lead into the stretch and drew off to win with authority.
“When I asked her, she exploded,” Gutierrez said of Top Quality. “I hadn’t been
on her in the morning, but she is a very nice filly.”
$75,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles is next for 3-year-old fillies on
Sunday, July 23.