Exquisite Stride Wins Miss Polly Classic

The 4-year-old stallion gets his first graded stakes victory Saturday at Delta Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Making his first start at Delta Downs, Exquisite Stride wins Saturday's Grade 3, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight and making his first-ever start at Delta Downs, Exquisite Stride responded with a neck victory in Saturday's Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3).

Exquisite Stride covered 400 yards in :19.550 and earned a 98 speed index under jockey Joe Badilla Jr., and his winning margin was a neck from Jess Toast Winner. Michael Taylor saddled the 4-year-old Carters Cartel stallion for owner D & S Racing LLC.

Exquisite Stride was shortening in distance off of his fourth-place finish, a neck behind longshot winner Im Beau Brown, in the 440-yard, $107,820 Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2) at Remington Park. The stallion was bred in California by John Andreini, and he was a $20,000 buy at the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico.

All told, Exquisite Stride has won six of his 11 races, and the $30,000 winner's share of the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic purse increased his earnings to $232,532, of which $109,400 was banked during a 2-year-old campaign in which he ran sixth in the All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. His two stakes victories include last year's Evangeline Downs Derby.

Secrets Fly ran third and was followed by Ojo de Rey, 1-2 favorite and 2014 world champion Jrc Callas First, This Wagons Okay, Jb First Rose, and Moe Lassus.

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