'A Lot Of Substance': First Foals Are Born By Darley's Essential Quality - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘A Lot Of Substance’: First Foals Are Born By Darley’s Essential Quality

Essential Quality

The first reported foals sired by dual Eclipse champion and classic winner Essential Quality arrived in Kentucky on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25, at Castleton Lyons and Taylor Made Farm, respectively.

The colt is out of the mare Double Jackpot, dam of Grade 3 winner/Grade 1-placed Stays in Vegas, who hails from the family of such Phipps Stable standouts as Heavenly Prize, Dancing Spree, Instilled Regard, etc.

Castleton Lyons general manager, Pat Hayes, said, “He's a big, strong leggy colt with very good bone. A lot of substance about him. Overall, he's very good looking and we're very happy to have him.”

Taylor Made welcomed a filly out of Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational winner Concrete Rose, a $1.95 million Keeneland November purchase in 2020. A winner in six of seven starts, Concrete Rose won three additional graded races, including the G2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.

Alex Kerstetter with Taylor Made Sales commented, “She is elegant with plenty of leg. Sired by a champion and out of Grade 1 winner Concrete Rose, we are very excited to raise her for Larry Best and OXO Equine.”

Tapit's leading money-earner in North America, Essential Quality won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and G1 Breeders' Futurity in an unbeaten 2-year-old season and took the Belmont and G1 Travers at three. He's the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner ever to capture the Belmont Stakes and only the seventh colt in the 51-year history of the Eclipse Awards to be named champion at both two and three.

Essential Quality covered 22 graded stakes winners and 36 graded stakes producers in an excellent first book in 2022.

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