View Full Version : How is Quality Road doing?
Dec. 1, 2009, 09:28 AM
I know he is back in NY now and hopefully getting some mental R and R....Does anyone know how he is?
Dec. 1, 2009, 02:08 PM
Steve Haskin posted this on FB on Nov 21:
Quality Road’s starting gate saga looks as if it could have a happy ending after the colt passed his major test at Aqueduct Saturday morning with flying colors.
According to Chris Baker, farm manager for Edward Evans, Quality Road was vanned from Belmont to Aqueduct, along with two other horses owned by Evans, including Breeders’ Cup Marathon starter Nite Light. The trio was placed in the detention in order to simulate race conditions as closely as possible. They then were brought to the gate, which was situated in the one-mile chute, at about 11:15.
Baker said Quality Road was loaded in the gate six times without incident, much to the delight of trainer Todd Pletcher and starter Bob Duncan. He did well with jockey John Velazquez aboard and he did well being loaded without a rider.
Normal gate schooling for the son of Elusive Quality will resume at Belmont Park Sunday. The main objective for Quality Road is the Nov. 28 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I), with the Queens County Handicap (gr. III) being another alternative.
Then he posted this on FB on Nov 25:
Quality Road will skip Saturday's Cigar Mile and will head to Florida next week to prep for the Donn Handicap. Full story on Bloodhorse.com
Posted on Bloodhorse.com on Nov 26 - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/54138/quality-road-to-skip-cigar-mile-off-to-fla
(see link for full story).
Dec. 1, 2009, 03:17 PM
Well that's good news. Looks like he got rattled and it escalated big time. The tension that must have been radiating off the other horses and people before the BC had to be overwhelming. Hope that's all behind him now.
Dec. 1, 2009, 03:28 PM
A few updates - including video - were posted in this thread: