On Monday, two days after the Belmont Stakes was run, Quality Road returned to the work tab with a three-furlong breeze in 38.83 seconds over Belmont Park’s training track. It was his first work since April 17, when he was considered by many to be the favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

A three-furlong breeze is a long way from the starting gate, but it could be the first steps toward Quality Road, the Florida Derby winner, jumping back into the jumbled 3-year-old championship picture.

“He just stretched his legs a little bit, it was all right,” said Jerkens, who noted that Quality Road had two bar shoes on for the breeze.

Jerkens said “anything is possible” for Quality Road’s return to the races, including a race such as the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 1. Given the difficulties Quality Road had in the weeks after the Florida Derby, Jerkens wasn’t eager to make plans.

“Of course I’m looking forward to it, but you got to be stupid to say anything,” Jerkens said about the second half of the year. “So much stuff can happen and always does.”
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