Four-time grade I winner Quality Road, who will be one of the favorites for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud in 2011 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Oct. 9.
Quality Road has won eight of 12 starts for earnings of more than $2.2 million, including a win in the Sept. 4 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) in his most recent start. His final race will come in the Nov. 6 BC Classic at Churchill Downs.
A homebred of Edward P. Evans, Quality Road is by Elusive Quality, out of the Strawberry Road mare Kobla, a sister to Eclipse Award and 1997 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) champion Ajina.
After winning his only start in New York as a 2-year-old, Quality Road set track records in the nine-furlong Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park and 6 1/2-furlong Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga, and also won the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) as a sophomore.
This season as a 4-year-old, he broke his own track record in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream, which he won by 12 3/4 lengths, and captured the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont and Woodward at Saratoga. He also won the Hal’s Hope Stakes (gr. III).
Todd Pletcher trains Quality Road, who has never been off the board in his 12 starts. The bay colt was bred in Virginia.