Sr. Quisqueyano Lives Up to Expectations in Quality Road
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sr. Quisqueyano faded to fourth after showing early speed last time out, but trainer Luis Olivares was brimming with confidence when he saddled his 3-year-old colt at Gulfstream Park Saturday for the $100,000 Quality Road Stakes.
The veteran trainer felt strongly that his 3-year-old colt would be better suited to the 1 1/16-mile Quality Road than the one-mile Montbrook Stakes on Sept. 14. It wasn’t the extra sixteenth of a mile but the extra turn of Saturday’s stakes that gave Olivares a good feeling about the Florida-bred colt’s chances of victory.
Sr. Quisqueyano validated his trainer’s confidence in him with a dominating front-running triumph in the stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
“Two turns helps this horse a lot. I was concerned when I ran him a (one-turn) mile the other day. He relaxes more when he goes two turns,” Olivares said. “When I saw (fractions of) :24 and :47, I knew they were dead. I knew how he was training. He was training real well.”
Sr. Quisqueyano, who had scored a front-running victory in the 1 1/16-mile Eight Miles East Stakes prior to his Montbrook disappointment, went right to the lead under jockey Carlos Olivero and set an unpressured pace around the first turn and along the backstretch with Csaba tracking him a length or two back. Manny Cruz asked for Csaba’s run on the far turn, but the pacesetter had plenty of energy in reserve and pulled away to a 2 ¼-length victory.
“I know Csaba wanted to go to the lead so I told the jockey, ‘You got to go to the lead and cut in front of him and throw some dirt on him. Then, ride your own race from there,’” Olivares said. “He loves to be on the lead. Everybody took back and that helped him a lot.”
Sr. Quisqueyano, the 5-1 third betting choice, ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:42.95 to collect his second stakes victory of the summer meeting.
“I was told to go to the lead and get to the rail,” Olivero said. “It was nice and easy early and he ran his race.”
Csaba, a two-time stakes winner last winter at Gulfstream, finished second in his first start of the summer meeting after racing twice at Saratoga. The 3-2 second choice finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Joshua’s Comprise, the 65-1 longest shot in the seven-horse field. Even-money favorite Where’s Sterling finished an even fourth.
Olivares said that the $150,000 Millions Classic Preview at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream on Nov. 9 is a likely spot for Sr. Quisqueyano’s next start.
“Why change things. If it works, keep it that way,” Olivares said.
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