Quality Road will not run in Saturday's Grade 1 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, his connections said Wednesday afternoon.
After Quality Road became unruly at the gate and cut himself,
necessitating that he be scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic at
Santa Anita on Nov. 7, trainer Todd Pletcher had hoped to make the
Cigar Mile with the star-crossed 3-year-old who earlier in the year won
the Grade 1 Florida Derby. And though his training and gate-schooling
sessions went well in New York, the prospect of an off track Saturday
was one of several factors that led owner Ed Evans and his farm
manager, Chris Baker, to pull the plug.