According to the Daily Racing Form, Florida Derby winner Quality Road was transferred Monday morning to trainer Todd Pletcher as owner Edward P. Evans removed the six horses he had with trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

Pletcher also received the multiple stakes-placed 3-year-old filly Casanova Move – most recently third in the Gr.1 Acorn – from Evans. Subprime, a maiden-winning filly, went to Tony Dutrow, while Kiaran McLaughlin received the fillies Minishaft, Giant Mover, and Shafter. Storm Play, a 4-year-old stakes-winning colt, had been transferred from Jerkens to Pletcher several weeks ago.

“Mr. Evans felt he needed to make a change for a lot of reasons, so that’s what we did,” Chris Baker, the farm manager for Evans, said by phone Monday morning from Evans’s Spring Hill Farm near Casanova, Va.

Baker did not elaborate on those reasons, but added that “Mr. Evans was appreciative of the job Jimmy did for us.” Jerkens said he trained for Evans for three years, during which, according to Daily Racing Form statistics, he won 24 races from 130 starters and purse money totaling $2.2 million.

Baker said Quality Road’s inability to participate in the Triple Crown races was not a factor in the decision to take the horse away from Jerkens.

Jerkens declined to comment on the split.

Pletcher already oversaw a number of horses for Evans, including Pleasant Strike, who won the Daniel Van Clief Stakes on Saturday at Colonial Downs, recent Fall Aspen Stakes winner Light Green, and Brooklyn Handicap Gr.2 runner-up Nite Light.

“Everyone knows how much I always thought of Dunkirk; obviously he beat Dunkirk in the Florida Derby,” Pletcher said of Quality Road. “Obviously, he’s an extremely talented horse. We’ll just have to see where he is in terms of his training and kind of get with Mr. Evans and his people and devise a strategy. Obviously, Jimmy’s done a great job with him and we can only hope to do as well as he has.”

Quality Road recently returned to the work tab on June 8, working three furlongs in 38.83 seconds. His connections hope to have him ready to run in either the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 1 or the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Aug. 2, and subsequently the Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

(Top photo by Tony Rosca, Pletcher AP Photos)