If you checked out the blog comments to yesterday's post, tencentcielo mentioned the presence of Quality Road in the race for Horse Of The Year this year, in addition to the horse I said could win it in a walkover, Zenyatta. Well, we will have the next test for Quality Road's candidacy coming up on Memorial Day Monday with The Grade 1 $500,000 Met Mile at Belmont Park.
Quality Road took a major step toward next Monday this morning with a blistering five-furlong workout at Belmont Park, going the distance in 59.66 seconds. Monday's race will be Quality Road's first effort since the destruction of the Donn Handicap field on February 6 by over twelve lengths. By the way, Quality Road galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.99, according to drf.com.
The story on the Racing Form website also mentioned some of the possible competition for Quality Road on Monday. Among the names listed, the two that stood out to me were Kensei and Warrior's Reward. I still don't think there will be much in the field to worry trainer Todd Pletcher. Possibly, the others will be hoping for either a letdown after such a lengthy layoff or a meltdown like the one Quality Road had before the Breeders' Cup Classic. Otherwise, it could be another devastating step forward for maybe the best older male horse in training right now.
Tune in again on Thursday for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!