12/01/2012 6:28PM

Woodbine: Avie's Quality shows newfound maturity in Display Stakes

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Avie’s Quality beat a quality field of 2-year-olds Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,800 Display Stakes, in a rapid time of 1:43.25 for the mile and a sixteenth.

Clearly Now set lively fractions of 24.13 and 48.10 seconds, with longshot Hey You Pick Me in close proximity. Avie’s Quality raced in mid-pack on the backstretch, and then rallied two-wide into contention on the far turn en route to a length and a quarter tally over a determined My Name Is Michael.

Clearly Now faded in the final furlong to finish another four lengths back in third, and Really Sharp was fourth in the 10-horse field.

Luis Contreras rode Avie’s Quality for trainer Josie Carroll, who said the son of Elusive Quality and Grade 1 winner Fly for Avie has been slow to come around. 

“He’s always been kind of the class clown,” said Carroll. “He’s just now starting to figure things out.”

Avie’s Quality paid $5.50 in his stakes debut, and earned $90,000 for owner/breeder Ivan Dalos.