QUALITY ROAD UPDATE

Florida Derby (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.

The Edward P. Evans homebred Elusive Quality colt has been sidelined since he was taken off the Triple Crown trail following the Florida Derby with a pair of quarter cracks. Quality Road won the Florida Derby by 1¾ lengths on March 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Quality Road breezed five furlongs in :59.88 on Thursday at Belmont Park. It was the second fastest of 32 timed workouts at the distance.

“I got him a little faster but I thought it went well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I was glad to get the work in between rains. He’ll most likely work again on Wednesday up at Saratoga.”

Quality Road could make his next start following the 6½-furlong Amsterdam in the $1-million Travers on August 29 at Saratoga.

“After speaking with Mr. Evans, the Travers will be strongly considered,” Pletcher said. “If we can prepare him the way we’d like to prepare him, that will be our main goal.”