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Whitney Breeze for Quality Road

It was a typically busy Sunday in the Todd Pletcher barn, with the usual list of notables working at Belmont Park on Independence Day. 

 

On the main track, last month’s Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Quality Road worked an easy half-mile in 48.84. 

 

“It was just an easy maintenance breeze for him,” said Jonathan Thomas, Pletcher’s assistant.  “He went well.”

 

Quality Road is expected to make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap on August 7 at Saratoga Race Course.

 

Among other Pletcher trainees working four furlongs on Sunday were sprinter Go Go Shoot, who went in 46.92, fastest of 46 at the distance, and recent allowance winner Aikenite (48.68).

 

At five furlongs, 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver covered the distance in 1:00.10, the fastest time of 22 others, including stablemate Ibboyee (53.10), who had his first work since a third-place finish in the Mike Lee for New York-breds at Belmont Park on June 20. 

 

On the inner turf, last month’s Grade 1 Just a Game runner-up and two-time graded winner Phola breezed a bullet half-mile in 50.71, in company with stakes winning filly West Ocean.

 

 

 

 

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Only problem for Musket Man in the Met, was that Quality Road, even after a sub 1:09 three quarters simply re-broke and said goodbye. He wasn't going by then or later.
and in regards to not beating Quality Road in the Met Mile he was gaining on him and if other trainers would have taken there shots at him other than ian wilkes with warriors reward and derek ryan with musket man instead of letting him go 45 and change to the half ,, mm might have had a shot to beat him..... john Velasquez was all out to hold him off...5 other trainers were so in awe of Quality Road that they told there jockeys to ride to get a piece.... Musket Mans crew should enter a rabbit if he goes to the Whitney and ensure a solid pace,,,,,
musket man is probably the most honest horse in the past 10 years.. 12 starts , 12 times in the money against the best horses of his generation.. he ducks no one... he is going to make a phenomenal stallion for some lucky farm one day. i sure would love a few baby Muske Mans running one day for me.
I know a lot of people have counted my girl RACHEL out that is a mistake she will be in the classic the one that I do not think will be there is polyzen old mossy has got that giant faketrack mare hid out in cali and will not even challenge the best in her own state and that is RAIL TRIP so i know she does not want any part of these east coast big boys
  • Rossington · Keep telling yourself that bossgw. LOL. Not only will Zenyatta be in the Classic, she'll likely be there undefeated, and be the slight favorite over Quality Road, or co-betting favorite with him. You see Zenyatta can do something that Rachel Alexandra cannot do. That's run all day long. Rachel's never been the Classic distance. A couple of more losses this season, and your crazy if you think Jess Jackson is going to enter his filly in the Classic. Because all that would happen to Rachel Alexandra in this year's Classic is that she'll get terribly embarrassed. It's all about the Breeders Cup for John Shirreffs and Jerry Moss this year. They don't care anything about Zenyatta achieving any glory on the way to the Breeders Cup. They just want to retire her about 20-0, a three-time Breeders Cup champion, and back to back Classic champion. Achievements that Rachel Alexandra will never dream of achieving. LOL. · 1579 days ago
Against top quality males at 10 frulongs the rider will have to beat her almost sesnseless to hang on for third. She just barely hung on, after 14 to 15 very hard pops, a 9 furlongs
This one is a lot like, speed wise, a Mineshaft or Ghostzapper and is of the same style, though not quite up to the lofty heights of Dr. Fager.
Quality Road seems to be improving race to race. Everyone makes a lot of Musket Man's charge at him in the Met Mile. Musket Man was never going to get to Quality Road in that race. They could've circled Belmont another circuit, and Musket Man wasn't going to get by Quality Road. Plus, Quality Road was carrying a bit more weight in the Met Mile than Musket Man. If Quality Road win's the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes at Saratoga this summer? And I believe he'll win both. I think he'll come into Churchill Downs as the favorite to win the Breeders Cup Classic because of the conventional dirt surface. He won't be a heavy favorite though. Because Zenyatta will likely come into the race still undefeated. Plus, Zenyatta proved she could win over 10 furlongs in the 09' Classic. Quality Road has been beaten by Summer Bird in both of his 10 furlong attempts. JMO.
Does anyone know if this horse has any lingering injury issues from the time he was put on the shelf ??
  • medlocke · railbird33, just the quarter cracks are why Quality Road was even put on the shelf. I saw the photo's of them once. Very nasty quarter cracks this colt had. And at the worst possible time in his career, too. After winning the Florida Derby, and right before the Triple Crown series started. So Quality Road missed all three Triple Crown races because of those quarter cracks. He reemerged in August, 2009 at Saratoga. He raced and won the Amsterdam Stakes. Where he promptly set a new track record for Saratoga for 6-1/2 furlongs. Since then, Quality Road hasn't looked back. Timeform has him rated by speed figure as the top horse in the world. Quality Road got a 130 on conventional dirt. Workforce, the 3yr.old colt that smashed the Epsom Derby record this year, got a 129 on turf. The only other incident I know of in Quality Road's career is a few cuts and bruises he got when he had his Breeders Cup Classic starting gate freak out. · 1579 days ago
quarter cracks bother horses all their career. It is an INJURY not the damn catch all tern ISSUE!

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