11/23/2009 12:00AM

Quality Road behaving himself


Quality Road, who went through an extensive schooling session at Aqueduct without incident last Saturday, took another step on Monday toward a possible start in Saturday's Grade 1 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile by working a half-mile in 50.88 seconds over the training track at Belmont Park.

Exercise rider Hector Ramos was aboard for the work, which was termed breezing.

"I thought he worked well and he came out of it well," said Todd Pletcher, who trains Quality Road for Edward Evans. "I'll have a discussion with Mr. Evans and we'll make a decision [Tuesday]."

Quality Road, scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic after acting up at the gate, has not run since finishing second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3.

The Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap is the Thanksgiving Day feature and the first of six graded stakes to be run at Aqueduct during the holiday weekend. A field of 10 was entered, including the Repole Stable entry of The Roundhouse (Pletcher the trainer) and top-weighted Go Go Shoot (Bruce Levine).

From the rail out with weights are: Drift King (125), Sean Avery (124), Hatfield (123), The Roundhouse (127), Riley Tucker (131), Go Go Shoot (134), Ah Day (132), Formidable (124), Greenspring (125), and Cherokee Country (129).

Go Go Shoot, who twice recorded Beyer Figures of 109 during the summer, makes his first start since setting the pace and finishing fourth in the Vosburgh on Oct. 3.

Allowance races head Wednesday card

A pair of six-furlong allowance races highlight Wednesday's card.

In race 3, a second-level condition for New York-breds, Montecore makes his first start since early May. A $400,000 purchase as a 2-year-old by Puglisi Racing, Montecore showed considerable promise in five starts earlier this year, including a blowout win on Aqueduct's main track in April.

Race 8, a first-level condition for fillies and mares, is headed by Kissa Melissa, the stronger half of a Mitch Friedman-trained entry along with Wicked Beauty.

Her main rivals are Sheikh's Serenade, sidelined since a maiden win here 367 days ago; Wind Caper, a Southern California shipper returning from a layoff for the red-hot Mike Hushion; and Qualia, a debut winner at Belmont for Bobby Ribaudo.