QUALITY ROAD-CHARITABLE MAN UPDATE

Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Quality Road, who was beaten five lengths while finishing third in the Travers after being jostled at the start, came out of the race fine, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Quality Road had just one 6 1/2-furlong race between winning the Florida Derby on March 28 and Saturday.

“I thought the horse was well prepared yesterday, I thought he got the mile and a quarter fine, I don t think that had anything to do with him not winning,” Pletcher said. “With a different post and with a little better break he could have been a little closer.”

Pletcher indicated that the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3 or the Goodwood on Oct. 10 were the “two most likely choices” for Quality Road’s next start.

Charitable Man (also an Evans’ Va-bred) finished fourth in the Travers. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin offered no excuses and said simply horse “is probably a notch below those Grade 1 horses.”