Strong Quality, Bombdiggity Impress at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds
Gary Barber and Kinsman Stable’s Strong Quality  won his second start Feb. 19 for trainer Mark Casse at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The 3-year-old son of Quality Road   is out of the Kinsman homebred Tiznow  mare Tiz So Sweet  and was a $500,000 purchase by agent Justin Casse at The November Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s premier breeding stock sale in Lexington, where he was consigned by Lane’s End.

Ridden by Adam Beschizza, Strong Quality pressed Scotland Yard , who set fractions of :23.99 and :48.45 for a half-mile. On the second turn, Strong Quality moved closer to the leader and took over as the pair entered the stretch. He finished the 1 1/16-mile maiden test with a 1 1/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:44.11 on a fast track.

In his Jan. 23 debut, Strong Quality finished third after not switching leads in the stretch of a six-furlong maiden special weight over the same track.

Strong Quality’s second dam is grade 2 winner Sweet Fervor , a half sister to millionaire graded stakes winner and sire Concerto; grade 1-placed, graded stakes winner Illusioned; grade 1-placed winner Wondertross; and grade 3-placed winner Granting.