Darley’s Elusive Quality got his 19th unrestricted black type winner as a broodmare sire today when Japanese-bred two-year-old filly Shonan Adela (by Deep Impact from Always Willing) won the G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the year-end championship defining race in Japan.
The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is a 1600-meter race on turf, the surface on which 11 of the 19 black-type winners produced from daughters of Elusive Quality have succeeded. More eye-catching though, is this: eight of the 19 are grade/group winners, and each is a turf winner. Each has also won grade/group races outside of North America, meaning that the seven dirt black-type winners and one all-weather winner in North America are not of the same racing class.
Elusive Quality, a foal of 1993 by Gone West from Touch of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor, has a turf-oriented bottom side to his pedigree, and not surprisingly he won his only two black-type races on turf, at seven and eight furlongs, though he was placed in graded sprints on dirt. At stud, he’s sired more than 100 black type winners in two hemispheres (he’s shuttled to Australia and Brazil) on all surfaces, including the Derby hero Smarty Jones, champion female sprinter Maryfield, and Met Mile, Woodward, Florida Derby, and Donn winner Quality Road. But those three are his only G1 winners on dirt from a total of 13 that includes three top Brazilian three-year-olds of 2014.
It appears, then, that Elusive Quality’s daughters are following his example, with the cream rising on turf. And they’re coming on late, too.
As recently as 2009, Elusive Quality hadn’t been represented by a single black type winner as a broodmare sire when Shonan Adela’s breeder, Shimokobe Farm, paid $310,000 for Always Willing, in foal to Hard Spun, at the Keeneland November sale.
Since, the best produce of his daughters are No Nay Never (winner of the G1 Prix Morny in France); Shooting to Win (G1 Beck Caulfield Guineas in Australia); Guelph (G1 1000 Guineas at Caulfield plus three other G1 wins in Australia); and now Shonan Adela in Japan.