In his first move since stretching his 2010 record to a perfect 3-for-3 in Memorial Day’s Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), Quality Road covered four furlongs in an easy :50.26 after the break. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver went the same distance in :50.66. Both drilled over the main track.
“We weren’t looking for much,” said Pletcher. “It was a maintenance half for both. We’re still a ways away from their next races.”
Quality Road, the nation’s top older male in training, is targeting the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 7. The next major New York objective for Super Saver is Saratoga's Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 28.
“We’ll pick it up a little bit with Super Saver as we go along, but so far he’s doing very well,” said Pletcher of the WinStar colt. “I’m real happy with his overall condition and weight. The way he’s moving and everything else indicates to me he’s rounding into top form.”
Pletcher said he considered changing the timing of Quality Road’s first work back, but decided against it.
“If he were to run in the Suburban (gr. II, July 3) or something, I would have worked him last week,” he said of Edward P. Evans’ colt. “But with him not running until August 7, I didn’t really feel the need to work him last week. I probably could have waited another week, but I didn’t want to get into a situation where we were playing catch up at any point.”
Pletcher said the filly Devil May Care, who breezed five furlongs June 20 in 1:01.84, was on target for her engagement in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 26 at Belmont Park. The trainer is also pointing Katy Now, who went a half-mile in :48.48, and Ailalea, who drilled a half-mile over the training track in :50.07, to the Mother Goose.
“Obviously, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t be running these three fillies all together,” said Pletcher. “It’s not effective stable management from my perspective. But it’s what the owners want, it’s a grade 1, and it’s at home, so that’s attractive.”
Among other notable Pletcher works on the morning were Munnings (5F, 1:00.46), Le Grand Cru (4F, :47.10), Driven by Success (4F, :48.02), American Dance (4F, :50.14), Discreetly Mine (4F, :49.55), Interactif (4F, :50.44), Christmas for Liam (5F, 1:01.82), and Hunters Bay (5F, 1:01.82).