Friday, April 17, 2009
QUALITY ROAD BREEZES THREE-QUARTERS AT BELMONT PARK
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said all systems are “go” for Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road, who Friday morning breezed three-quarters of a mile on Belmont Park’s fast training track in 1:12.03.
Daily Racing Form clockers caught the strapping bay son of Elusive Quality and exercise rider Juan Moreno galloping out in 1:25.55.
“He went good, a little faster than I intended,” Jerkens said of Quality Road, who last week went five furlongs in 1:02.19 after having had a patch placed on the crack. “His foot looked like it’s all right, too. Usually when you get this far, it’s OK.”
A quarter crack is a crack that appears in the wall of the hoof, often starting at the coronet band, where the hoof meets the hair, and growing down. It can also start in the wall and move upward. The quarter crack is being treated by noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay, who last year worked with Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown and who also worked on 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold.
Friday’s work was the second since Quality Road won the nine-furlong Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28 in a track-record time of 1:47.72. Jerkens said he would send Quality Road out again next Saturday or Sunday.
“The weather will have a lot to do with it,” he said.
Owned and bred by Edward P. Evans, Quality Road made a winning debut at Aqueduct in late November, then finished second to Theregoesjojo when making his 2009 bow in a seven-furlong allowance at Gulfstream on January 10. He next won the nine-furlong Fountain of Youth and with his Florida Derby victory extended his record to 3-1-0 from four starts with earnings of $632,830.
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