Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, runner-up to Summer Bird in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) in his most recent start, will work five furlongs at Belmont Oct. 26 with John Velazquez aboard as he prepares for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).
“He’ll have one more work before he leaves for California on November 3,” Pletcher said.
At 3, Quality Road is among the elder statesmen of Pletcher’s Breeders’ Cup contingent, much of which is comprised of talented 2-year-olds.
Pilgrim winner Eskendereya, and Aikenite, third in the Hopeful (gr. I), are being pointed to the Grey Goose Juvenile (gr. I), while Interactif, who won the With Anticipation at Saratoga and most recently the Bourbon at Keeneland—both grade III—will likely be favored in the Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT).
Miss Grillo winner Dad's Crazy and Rose Catherine, impressive maiden winner on the turf at Belmont on Oct. 11, will be pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Frizette (gr. I) winner Devil May Care is heading to the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Devil May Care breezed four furlongs in :50.46 on the training track Oct. 23.
“She broke off slowly and finished up well under no encouragement,” said Pletcher.
Also heading to the Breeders’ Cup for Pletcher are Game Face (Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint, gr. I), Cowboy Cal (TVG Mile, gr. I), and Night Lite (Marathon). The trainer added that Ready's Echo, most recently second in the Kelso (gr. III), was possible for the Dirt Mile (gr. I).