Quality Road , the top older male in training, continued preparations for the Aug. 7 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) with what trainer Todd Pletcher termed a “spectacular” five-furlong move in a bullet :58.97 at Saratoga over the main track July 26 in company with stablemate Exhi.
“I thought it was spectacular,” Pletcher said.. “The horse is in unbelievable form right now. It’s amazing to see how effortlessly he can do things like he did this morning.”
Quality Road, by Elusive Quality, has won all three of his starts this year, including the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and the Donn Handicap (gr. I).
“So far he has maintained the same level,” said Pletcher of the colt, owned by Edward P. Evans. “Trying to keep a horse at top level over a long period is hard to do, but with the way we’ve spaced his races, we’ve been able to do so.”