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2009 Amsterdam (G2)

6 1/2 f (Dirt)
3 M

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Amsterdam (G2)...

After a couple of very strong efforts at Gulfstream in the spring, Quality Road was considered one of the main contenders for the Kentucky Derby.  His Florida Derby victory earned him the label of “superstar” from track announcer Larry Collmus as he handily dispatched Dunkirk in the final three...Read More
Quality Road came out of his record-setting performance in the Aug. 3 Amsterdam (gr. II) in good condition and will be pointed toward the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers (gr. I) as planned, trainer Todd Pletcher reported Aug. 4.Read More
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  • TerriZ · Quality Road has handled the 4 month layoff well. Similar comments were made about Big Brown last year in his run for the Triple Crown. As both horses have similar hoof problems, long layoffs are a necessity. QR, according to his former trainer, always did what he asked him to do and he only had to tell him once. After all the injuries of wonderful 3 year olds this year, QR is the only one left who is capable of defeating Rachael Alexandra. He certainly did that with Dunkirk who left the Florida Derby a defeated horse. It should be an interesting Travers and I hope that all the horses are well after that race. · 1715 days ago ·
  • mshutty · Quality Road still needs to be tested in my opinion. Granted, not much left in the three year old division to provide that test. The Amsterdam was impressive for sure, however, the jump to 10 furlongs will be interesting. As for his best race, the Florida Derby, let's keep in mind that he was lone speed in a short field on a track that was very biased to early speed that day. He'll find very different conditions come Travers Day. · 1714 days ago ·
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, a track record at Saratoga.Read More
  • TerriZ · 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. · 1715 days ago ·
After two NYRA clockers independently re-timed the Aug. 3 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, the final time was changed to 1:13.74, still a new track record for the 6 1/2-furlong distance.Read More
 Though Spanish Riddle remains the official record-holder in a six-furlong race, we've just witnessed the fastest sprint in 141 years of racing here. Read More
Look out Rachel...Quality Road is back on the beam!
Quality Road looked very good in the Amsterdam... great to see him back!
I hope Quality Road returns in the pink in the Amsterdam later today. He is probably the only colt that can hang with Rachel.
looking foward to quality roads return. I think he, I want revenge and the pamplemousse are the cream of the 3 yr old crop for colts.
looking foward to quality roads return. I think he, I want revenge and the pamplemousse are the cream of the 3 yr old crop for colts.
QUALITY ROAD (Elusive Quality), impressive winner of the Florida Derby (G1) and Fountain of Youth S. (G2) earlier this year, makes his long-awaited return to action Monday when he faces five rivals in the $150,000 Amsterdam (G2) at Saratoga. The 6 1/2-furlong contest, Quality Road's first since bein...Read More
Florida Derby Presented by BlackBerry (G1) winner Quality Road will make his next start in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) on August 3 at Saratoga Race Course with a possible start in the Shadwell Travers Stakes (G1) to follow later in the month.Read More
Edward Evans' homebred Quality Road worked five furlongs in 1:01.41 July 17 at Belmont Park and is on track to make his first start in more than four months in the $150,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga on Aug. 3.Another of Pletchers’ top sophomores, Woody Stephens (gr. II) and Tom Fool (gr. I...Read More
  • GBeret · Really looking forward to Quality Road's return. I hope his quarter-cracks don't hinder him any, and he comes back looking like the colt we all saw in the Florida Derby. I really hated that both he and I Want Revenge had to scratch from the Ky. Derby, because if they had gotten to run in that race healthy, there's a couple of horses, namely a certain gelding and a certain filly I doubt we'd be hearing so much about these days. · 1732 days ago ·
  • philyfriar · Sorry Quality Road is not running in the Jim Dandy. We plan to be there · 1730 days ago ·
Quality Road continues on the comeback trail but it looks like he won’t be running in the 1 1/8 mile Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 1.Read More
  • GBeret · Jim Dandy or Amsterdam, just looking foward to seeing him race again. He was my Ky. Derby pick after watching him in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. He looked real impressive then. I hope he comes back in the same form. · 1748 days ago ·

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