Quality Road

Quality Road continues strong run with Oaks winner Abel Tasman

Barbara D. Livingston
The Kentucky Oaks was the second Grade 1 victory for Abel Tasman.

Quality Road posted the biggest victory of his young stud career last Friday at Churchill Downs, as daughter Abel Tasman asserted her class in her division by splashing home to win the Kentucky Oaks.

The filly classic was the second Grade 1 victory for Abel Tasman, who is from just the third crop by the Lane’s End stallion. She has now been first or second in six of her seven career outings, including a win last December in the Starlet Stakes.

Sparkman: Quality Road back on track with solid 2016

Benoit & Associates
Abel Tasman, by Quality Road, wins the Grade 1 Starlet at Los Alamitos.

In a 14-race career that featured eight wins, four of them in particularly prestigious Grade 1s, Quality Road still managed sometimes to look like something of an underachiever.

Blofeld leads big Saturday for Quality Road

Barbara D. Livingston
Blofeld, right, beats Stanford by a head in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on Saturday.

Quality Road had a solid Saturday, siring three winners, including Blofeld, who got back to his winning ways in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Blofeld, a member of Quality Road's first crop, earned Grade 2 victories in the Belmont Futurity and Nashua Stakes as a juvenile in 2014. The Gulfstream Park Handicap marked his first win since then.

Jay Hovdey: Compiling Kentucky Derby lists a foolhardy exercise

Barbara D. Livingston
2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo is a good recent example of a 3-year-old who was prominent on many early Kentucky Derby lists but failed to deliver.

Each year, when January slides into February and the snow begins to thaw (or not), anyone with a blog, a microphone, or an old-fashioned byline is required by cultural tradition to step forward with their list of Kentucky Derby prospects.

Blame, Quality Road top new sires weanling sales

The two Kentucky mixed sales in November offered buyers their first look at foals from a number of new sires.

Twenty-two first-crop sires had weanlings cataloged at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale and the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including five champions, three winners of Triple Crown races, and two Breeders’ Cup winners.

While the mixed sales give buyers a chance to get in on the ground floor with a young stallion’s offspring, the potential comes with the risk of the unknown when buying foals of unproven stallions.

2010 Eclipse Awards: Quality Road

Bob Coglianese

Horse of the Year for 2010 will come down to two horses, Blame and Zenyatta. Horse of the Half-Year? That was an easy call: Quality Road.
No horse in North America was nearly as dominant the first six months of 2010 as Quality Road. His 2 3/4-length win in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on Jan. 3 served merely as a palate teaser. One month later, he turned in what might have been the single most powerful victory of the season, a track-record-setting 12 3/4-length thrashing of eight overwhelmed rivals in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

Edward Evans, owner-breeder of Quality Road, dies at 68

Edward P. Evans, one of the nation’s most successful owners and breeders, died on Friday night in New York City following a brief illness. He was 68.

Work tab fills up with Breeders' Cup hopefuls

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was another busy and somewhat unconventional morning on the Breeders’ Cup watch that included a gate workout from a former Kentucky Derby winner and a four-furlong drill for a Classic hopeful that began at the wire and ended at the half-mile pole instead of the other way around.

Pletcher's Breeders' Cup contingent arrives in Louisville

Barbara D. Livingston
Uncle Mo arrives at Churchill Downs on Tuesday for next week's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Trainer Todd Pletcher had seven of his Breeders’ Cup starters arrive at Churchill Downs from New York on Tuesday, led by Quality Road (Classic) and Malibu Prayer (Ladies’ Classic), who shipped in by van at 4 a.m.

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