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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

A Smashing Comeback!

Quality Road wins the Amsterdam
Quality Road returned to racing in fine form Aug. 3 by smashing a track record in the six and half-furlong Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course. He stopped the timer in 1:13.45. The son of Elusive Quality set a track record for six and half furlongs at Saratoga in his first start since winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) back in March.

The final time caught some by surprise. Even during the simulcast feed, track announcer Tom Durkin said "Ladies and gentlemen, we know Quality Road is a particularly fast 3-year-old, but I don’t think those times on the board are correct, but we’ll check it out." After a hand-timing and then another timing of the replay off the monitor, the record stood, breaking a 30-year-old mark of 1:14 2/5 set by Topsider on August 1, 1979.
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I witnessed Quality Road beat Dunkirk and set a track record at the Florida Derby. He bested Barbaro and Big Brown for the record at Gulfstream Park. Dunkirk had the lead and QR took it away from him; Dunkirk left a defeated horse. It was frustrating that QR's previous trainer didn't know how to manage a horse with bad feet. Whatever can be said about Dutrow, he certainly knew how to get the best from Big Brown by his selection of shoes and by letting him rest. I am sure that Pletcher will be a improvement. Quality Road is a talented, big, intelligent, and even-tempered thoroughbred; he reminds me of Big Brown. And I was lucky enough to see both of them in the FLorida Derby.

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