11/29/2016 2:35PM

Elusive Hour back at Pleasant Valley Thoroughbreds


Elusive Hour, a stakes-placed runner and perennial top-five sire in Michigan, will relocate to Pleasant Valley Thoroughbreds in Edmore, Mich. for the 2017 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $1,000.

The 16-year-old son of Elusive Quality previously resided at Campbell Stables in Grass Lake, Mich. He will stand as property of James and Laura Jackson.

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Elusive Hour has sired 10 crops of racing age, with 37 winners and combined progeny earnings in excess of $1.9 million.

His leading earner is Hour By Hour, who has made $275,298 over eight campaigns and won stakes races at Mountaineer and Pinnacle Race Course. Other stakes winners by Elusive Hour include Mr. Conclusive, Im Just Good, Juggle, Scarlet Hour, and High Legend.

Homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams’ Rene Dar Farm, Elusive Hour won four of six starts for earnings of $67,186. He finished second in the 2002 Little Ones Stakes at Great Lakes Downs, then won allowance races at Thistledown and Oaklawn Park.

Elusive Hour is out of the multiple-stakes-winning Bold Hour mare Starlit Hour, whose 11 foals were all winners, including stakes winners Perfect Start, Starlit City, Strolling Hour, and Top Touch, as well as stakes-placed Starlits Mission and Top of the Hour.

Elusive Hour has a long history with Rick McCune’s Pleasant Valley Thoroughbreds, which boarded Starlit Hour when she produced the future stallion. Elusive Hour then returned to the Central Michigan farm to enter stud before moving elsewhere in the state.

“He started here, and I’d like to see him stay here for a while,” McCune said. “He was the last one out of Starlit Hour that was born here, and I’m happy to have him.”