Strong Quality impressive on turf debut at Gulfstream Park

8th-Gulfstream, $72,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($25,000),
2-25, 4yo/up, 7 1/2fT, 1:27.77, fm, 1 3/4 lengths.
STRONG QUALITY (c, 4, Quality Road–Tiz So Sweet {SP,
$211,100}, by Tiznow), unraced as a juvenile, won at second
asking at the Fair Grounds Feb. 19 as a 3-year-old and was in the
money stepping up into tougher conditions on the dirt in New
Orleans, at Saratoga, and twice at Churchill Downs in between
Keeneland before finishing fourth against optional claimers at
Gulfstream Jan. 20. Trying the grass for the first time here, the
blinkered 9-2 shot rated just off the pace in the early going,
bided his time down the backstretch, overtook the longshot
leader around the far turn and won by 1 3/4 lengths over the
aptly named Chasing the Crown (Skipshot). The winner’s dam
produced back-to-back colts by Constitution starting in 2021 and
is currently in foal to Maxfield. Sales History: $500,000 Wlg ’19
FTKNOV. Lifetime Record: 9-2-4-2, $180,095. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Gary Barber & Kinsman Stable; B-Kinsman Farm (KY); T-Mark
E. Casse