11/28/2012 4:52PM

Aqueduct: Albertrani seeks to extend hot hand in Garland of Roses

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kid Kate looks like the probable favorite for Saturday's Garland of Roses at Aqueduct.

Tom Albertrani enjoyed a memorable Thanksgiving weekend, winning Saturday’s Grade 2 William McKnight Handicap at Calder with Twilight Eclipse and Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch with Better Lucky.

Saturday, Albertrani will seek to continue his roll when he sends out Delightful Quality in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Stakes at Aqueduct.
A field of seven was entered for the Garland of Roses, including the supplemental coupled entry of Jelly Cable and Moonlit Malibu from the Kentucky-based barn of Eric Reed.

Delightful Quality, a daughter of Elusive Quality owned and bred by Darley Stable, has a win and 3 seconds from 4 career starts.
She won a six-furlong maiden race by 6 3/4 lengths at Belmont in June but it was her second-place finish to My Miss Aurelia in an overnight stakes at Saratoga that really impressed Albertrani.

“She ran well, it was a good race, she ran very hard and got beat by a nice filly,” Albertrani said.

Albertrani said he would have preferred to have run in the T Storm Stakes, an overnight stakes restricted to 3-year-old fillies that was also scheduled for Saturday, but that did not draw enough entries to fill.

The likely favorite for the Garland of Roses will be Kid Kate, an eight-time winner who will most likely be making the final start of her career in this race. Kid Kate will break from the outside post in the eight-horse field.

Morrow Cove, winner of the Raging Fever Stakes on Nov. 2, and Singlet, a winner of two sprint stakes over the inner track last winter, are the other top contenders.

Discreet Marq to Florida

Discreet Marq, a New York-bred filly who upset the $80,000 Lie Low Stakes on Thanksgiving Day, has been shipped to south Florida, where she will race for trainer Jane Cibelli.

Discreet Marq was trained by Jim Ryerson in New York, where she won 2 of 5 races..

Ryerson said win or lose, Discreet Marq was headed to south Florida for the winter, so he was naturally happy she left his care on a winning a note.

“I was real happy to see her win,” said Ryerson, who hopes to get the filly back in the spring.

Discreet Marq is a daughter of Discreet Cat owned by Patricia Generazio.