Quality Road, Other Pletcher Horses Work
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Quality Road

Led by Quality Road  , Breeders’ Cup World Championship contenders from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher were hard at work at Belmont Park over the weekend.

Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Quality Road breezed six furlongs in 1:13.46 on Oct. 17 in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile race, which will be his first start following an easy victory in the 1 1/8-mile Woodward (gr. I) on Sept. 4.

"We’re running 1 ¼ miles off a little bit of a layoff, so we want to make sure we have him fit enough," said Pletcher said of the Edward P. Evans homebred. "He finished strongly and galloped out well, which is what we wanted."

Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) runner-up Stay Thirsty  , who will be joining fellow Repole Stable representative and grade I Champagne winner Uncle Mo   in the starting gate for the Juvenile, covered five furlongs in 1:00.27 in the second quickest of 28 moves over the course and distance.

"We were looking to get a good, solid five-eighths into him," said Pletcher. "He galloped out strongly, and we are pleased."

Joining Quality Road and Stay Thirsty on the training track Oct. 17 were Paul Pompa’s Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) contender Rose Catherine, who breezed four furlongs in 48.27, and Derrick Smith’s Bribon, who traveled five furlongs in 1:00.46 and is under consideration for either the Sentient Jet Sprint (gr. I) or the Dirt Mile (gr. I).

Life At Ten and Malibu Prayer, both probable starters in the Ladies’ Classic (gr. I), turned in separate works on Oct. 16, and Pletcher expressed satisfaction with their progress.

Winner of four graded stakes this year, including the Beldame (gr. I) last time out for owner Candy DeBartolo, Life At Ten breezed four furlongs on the training track in 49.90

"That was Life At Ten’s first workout since the Beldame, and she looked good," said Pletcher.

Malibu Prayer, an Edward P. Evans homebred who captured the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, traversed five furlongs in 1:01.26.

"I thought she worked well and galloped out strongly," said Pletcher.

 

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