09/27/2005 12:00AM

Elusive Quality part of storm aid

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Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley organization announced this week that it has donated a season to its stallion Elusive Quality, sire of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones, to the American Red Cross Katrina Relief fund.

Darley donated the season in response to a challenge that WinStar Farm co-owners Bill and Susan Casner made to the Thoroughbred industry. The Casners have pledged to match up to $1 million in industry donations to the fund. Darley will offer the no-guarantee season to Elusive Quality at Fasig-Tipton's November select breeding stock sale, and the season will include an offer to allow the buyer to revisit the stallion in 2007 if no foal results from a 2006 cover.

Elusive Quality stands at Gainsborough Farm near Lexington, Ky., where he stands for $100,000.