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Quality Road, Super Saver Work

It was a busy Father’s Day morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park, highlighted by half-mile breezes from stable stars Quality Road and Super Saver.


In his first move since stretching his 2010 record to a perfect 3-for-3 in Memorial Day’s Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Quality Road covered the four furlongs in an easy 50.26 after the break, while Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver went the same distance in 50.66, both over the main track.


“We weren’t looking for much,” said Pletcher of the duo. “It was a maintenance half for both. We’re still a ways away from their next races.”


Quality Road, the nation’s top older male in training, is targeting the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga Race Course on August 7, while the next major New York objective for Super Saver is the Grade 1 Travers on August 28.


“We’ll pick it up a little but with Super Saver as we go along, but so far he’s doing very well,” said Pletcher of the WinStar colt. “I’m real happy with his overall condition and weight. The way he’s moving and everything else indicates to me he’s rounding into top form.”


Pletcher said he considered changing the timing of Quality Road’s first work back, but decided against it.


“If he were to run in the Suburban or something, I would have worked him last week,” he said Edward P. Evans’ colt. “But with him not running until August 7, I didn’t really feel the need to work him last week. I probably could have waited another week, but I didn’t want to get into a situation where we were playing catch up at any point.”


Pletcher said the filly Devil May Care, who breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.84, was on target for her engagement in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 26 at Belmont Park. The trainer is also pointing Katy Now, who went a half-mile Sunday morning in 48.48, and Ailalea, who went a half-mile over the training track in 50.07, to the Mother Goose.


“Obviously, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t be running these three fillies all together,” said Pletcher. “It’s not effective stable management from my perspective. But it’s what the owners want, it’s a Grade 1, and it’s at home, so that’s attractive.”


Among other notable Pletcher works Sunday morning were Munnings (5F, 1:00.46), Le Grand Cru (4F, 47.10), Driven by Success (4F, 48.02),  American Dance (4F, 50.14), Discreetly Mine (4F, 49.55), Interactif (4F, 50.44),  Christmas for Liam (5F, 1:01.82), and Hunters Bay (5F, 1:01.82).



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