Darley Stable’s Delightful Quality is the the low weight in the field of 8 entries in Saturday’s 27th running of the 6-furlong $75,000 Garland of Roses Stakes at Aqueduct. Delightful Quality was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
The 3-year-old daughter of multiple graded stakes winner and world record setter Elusive Quality is the second choice on the morning-line at 5/2, will carry 115 pounds, getting 6 pounds from the morning-line favorite Kid Kate, and will break from post position no. 5. The half-sister to Eclipse Award winner and multiple Grade 1 winner Folklore is trained by Tom Albertrani.
The dark bay filly made her stakes debut during her sophomore campaign at Saratoga in the 6 1/2-furlong Mandy’s Gold Stakes where she finished second in the contest on Aug. 8. Delightful Quality placed second in her last start, a 6-furlong allowance race at Belmont Park on Sept. 23. She will be making her first start in 69 days. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez will be in the irons for the first time.
The stakes placed filly last worked at the Belmont Park Training Track on Nov. 26, breezing a half-mile in 51 seconds.
Delightful Quality has 1 win and 3 seconds in 4 lifetime starts, and has earnings of $90,000.