|Breeder||Edward P. Evans|
|Owner||Edward P. Evans|
1) James A. Jerkens|
2) Todd A. Pletcher (June/09)
|Quality Road is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Kobla by Elusive Quality. He was born around 2006 in the United States, and was bred by Edward P. Evans.|
Fountain of Youth Stakes (2009)|
Florida Derby (2009)
Amsterdam Stakes (2009)
Hal's Hope Stakes (2010)
Donn Handicap (2010)
Metropolitan Handicap (2010) Met Mile (2010)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Quality Road (foaled March 23, 2006 in Virginia) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by Edward P. Evans, his sire is World record setter, Elusive Quality, who also sired 2004 Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones and 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Raven's Pass. His dam is Kobla, a daughter of 1983 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, Strawberry Road.
Three Year Old Season
Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Quality Road raced in Florida in early 2009, where his wins in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Grade 1 Florida Derby made him a favorite for the Kentucky Derby. However, he suffered two injuries. The first was a quarter crack on his right hind foot the day he won the Florida Derby. In April, he suffered a second quarter crack on his right front foot. As a result, he missed all three legs of the U.S. Triple Crown series.
In mid June, owner Edward Evans transferred the colt to the care of trainer Todd Pletcher. On August 3, 2009, Quality Road made his first start since his injury, winning the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in a track record time of 1:13.74 for six and a half furlongs.
On August 29, 2009, Quality Road finished third to Summer Bird in the Travers Stakes. Quality Road followed that on October 10 with a second to Summer Bird in the Jockey Gold Cup. Later that month, Quality Road was pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic, in the hopes that his running style would be well-suited to the polytrack at Santa Anita Park.
On November 7, 2009, Quality Road became the first horse to scratch at the gate in the Breeders' Cup Classic. After he refused to load into the starting gate kicking with his hind legs on two or three occasions, the track crew blindfolded him and he commenced to kick wildly, scraping his hocks on the gate and forcing the scratch.
Four Year Old Season
On January 3, Quality Road made his 4 year old debut in the Grade III Hal's Hope Stakes as the odds-on favorite. He won by 2 3/4 lengths.
On February 6, he broke his own track record when he won the Donn Handicap with John Velzquez riding. Quality Road finished the race in 1:47.49 to break the record of 1:47.72, which he set when he won the 2009 Florida Derby. He took control of the race at the stretch and then began to pull away at the eighth pole. Dry Martini, the 2009 Suburban Handicap winner, was second.
In an interview with the Thoroughbred Times after the race, Pletcher said he would point the colt for the Metropolitan Handicap and the "big races" at Saratoga Race Course "before the Breeders' Cup Classic" in fall 2010. He also complimented Quality Road's performance, saying, “He’s got a very high cruising speed and can go :46 and 1:09 and still keep going. Not many horses can do that and he was spotting weight to all those horses, six pounds or more.
Quality Road earned a 121 Beyer Speed Figure in the Donn Handicap, the highest speed figure awarded for a race over one mile since 2005.
Going into his third start of the year as expected, Pletcher choose the Metropolitan Handicap on May 31. In the race Quality Road was installed as favorite and did not disappoint holding off Musket Man to win the race in a very fast time of 1:33.11.
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