05/22/2013 4:53PM

Belmont Park: Delightful Quality skips a step in Friday feature

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Delightful Quality will run in a second-level allowance despite having only a maiden win.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Delightful Quality is skipping a condition when she starts in Friday’s featured $74,000 second-level allowance race at seven furlongs at Belmont Park, but the competition she faces appears softer than what she has been facing.

Delightful Quality is still eligible for a first-level allowance race, but trainer Tom Albertrani said he was unable to find a suitable spot for his 4-year-old filly, which is why he put her in here.

“We’ve been trying to find a spot to run her,” Albertrani said. “This two-other-than looked like it came up a little light, so we decided to run.”

Delightful Quality, a daughter of Elusive Quality, won a six-furlong maiden race by 6 3/4 lengths last June at Belmont in her second career start. She finished second or third in four subsequent starts, including a runner-up finish to the Grade 1 winner My Miss Aurelia in an overnight stakes at Saratoga.

“She’s always been pretty consistent in all of her races,” Albertrani said. “Hopefully, she can have a breakthrough race and later down the road get some black type.”

Delightful Quality will break from post 2 under Javier Castellano.

Flash Forward drops back into allowance company after finishing last in the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn. Trainer Dominick Schettino said he is chalking up Flash Forward’s performance to her not handling the Oaklawn Park track.

“The Honeybee I’m just throwing out,” Schettino said. “We didn’t find any physical problems.”

Before the Honeybee, Forward Flash won a first-level allowance around two turns at Gulfstream Park. Schettino did express some concern that seven furlongs may be too short for the filly, though she did win an off-the-turf maiden claimer at Belmont last September that distance.

“She’d probably prefer more distance, but if there’s enough pace up front that would help her,” Schettino said.

Flash Forward will break from post 3 under Irad Ortiz Jr.

Well Kept was beaten 9 1/4 lengths by the undefeated stakes winner Cluster of Stars in March before running fourth in an overnight stakes at Belmont in April.

Geisha Gal comes off a first-level allowance win on turf at Gulfstream for Bill Mott. Her only try on dirt came in her career debut, where she finished fifth in the slop last May.

Sentimental Lass hasn’t won since taking a New York-bred allowance race two years ago. She has fired two bullet works leading up to this for trainer James Bond.

Sure Route makes her first start off the David Jacobson claim and is in for the same $62,500 price the trainer took her for in April.