QUALITY ROAD WINS MET MILE

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, Associated Press

Todd Pletcher’s had quite a month of May. It began with his first Kentucky Derby win with Super Saver, and ended with his first Metropolitan Handicap win with (Virginia-bred) Quality Road on Sunday. Now, it could turn out to be quite a year for Quality Road. Unlucky as a 3-year-old, Quality Road is a perfect 3-0 as a 4-year-old.

In winning the $500,000 Met Mile by 1 1/2 lengths, Quality Road produced an effort that had Pletcher marveling at the brilliance of the colt he took over training last summer.

“It was very impressive, and watching him come back and seeing how he hardly took a deep breath, it’s unbelievable how talented he is,” Pletcher said. “He’s such a versatile horse. He set a track record at Saratoga at 6 1/2 furlongs and two track records at Gulfstream at 1 1-8 miles. He showed today he’s a brilliant miler.”

Fresh and well rested in his first race in nearly four months, Quality took charge just after the start and barely broke a sweat in holding off a mild challenge from runner-up Musket Man.

Ridden by John Velazquez, Quality Road covered the mile in 1:33.11 over a fast track in winning for the seventh time in 10 career starts for owner Edward P. Evans. The time equaled the second fastest for the race, with Honour and Glory winning in 1:32.81 in 1996. Langfuhr also won in 1:33.11 in 1997.

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