QUALITY ROAD’S ROAD UPDATE

Virginia-bred Grade 1 winner Quality Road is in the process of vanning to Churchill Downs from Southern California after he balked at getting on a plane on Monday.

“He’s in transition to Churchill,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’ll lay up there a couple days and then be here Tuesday. The (November 28) Cigar Mile (Grade I) is a possibility. Obviously, we would need everything to go perfectly between now and then, but he is under consideration. (Former New York Racing Association starter) Bob Duncan will start working with him Wednesday morning.”

Pletcher doesn’t know exactly what caused Quality Road to act up before the Classic, but says the horse has never had any problems around the starting gate while schooling in the mornings.

“The horse is not a problematic horse,” he said. “He got upset the other day and things went the wrong way. He hasn’t been a problem in the morning. If he continues to do well, we’ll probably have some sort of afternoon schooling session at Aqueduct before we make any decisions.”