Please don't forget that Quality Road has the track record at the Florida Derby which surpasses the times of Barbaro and Big Brown in the Derby at Gulfstream.Dunkirk had come from behind and briefly overtook QR; QR valiently fought back and won.I was fortunate enouh to witness his performance in the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby. He is the most exciting stallion since Big Brown.
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.
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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