(Essential Quality wins the G3 Southwest Stakes in 2021 Debut / Coady Photography) From the beginning of his race career, Essential Quality has seemed to possess all of the "essential qualities" it takes to become a successful racehorse. Pedigree? By Tapit? Seriously. Check. Speed and turn of foot? Are you kidding me? Win in debut. Win every time since debut. Check. Check. Check. Check. Stamina and strength to go two turns and a route of ground? Win in the G1 Breeders' Futurity and the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Check. Check. Maturity and growth from 2YO Champ to 3YO Star? Win over the sloppy track in the 2021 debut & G3 Southwest Stakes is proof positive. Check. In short, and in his short career so far? Essential Quality is proving that -- truly -- he does have the essential qualities to be and become more than just a successful racehorse.