QUALITY ROAD BACK IN NEW YORK

Virginia-bred Quality Road arrived safely at Todd Pletcher’s barn at Belmont Park at 6 a.m. Tuesday following an uneventful cross-country van ride from Santa Anita. He had left from Churchill Downs where he remained for two days before departing for New York on Monday at 3 p.m.

According to Chris Baker, farm manager for owner Edward P. Evans, Quality Road will begin gate schooling on Wednesday with former NYRA starter Bob Duncan, who has worked with a number of bad gate horses over the years. The colt, who balked and kicked at the gate prior to the Jockey Club Gold Cup(gr. I), had extensive gate schooling prior to leaving for California and was no problem, Baker said.

Quality Road’s progress will be monitored closely by Pletcher and Baker before a decision is made whether to point the son of Elusive Quality to run in the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Gr. I Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.