Classy Colt by One of World’s Best Sires
Snatched up as the first horse through the sale ring for Night Two at the Saratoga select sale in August, this colt carries the distinct stamp of Quality Road, one of the elite sires in America with a roll card of 11 Grade 1 winners. The venerable Brookdale Farm knew what kind of “quality” they were bringing to Saratoga with a single-horse consignment.
“He has a huge walk to him,” Brookdale’s Joe Seitz said. “Up here at Saratoga, when a horse has a nice big walk, there’s tons of room, so a horse can showcase himself. He did that. He was on his toes the entire time in the right way.”
The nick is rated an “A++,” matching Quality Road with the Grade 1-winning mare Harmonize, by Scat Daddy. Harmonize was a star at ages 2, 3 and 4, winning back-to-back stakes as a juvenile, the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks as a sophomore, and the Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga in her swan song. Her first foal is a 2-year-old of 2021 who has not raced yet.
The colt will be trained by newly enshrined Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, who oversaw much of Quality Road’s career, including a stellar 4-year-old season that saw him rack up a trio of Grade 1 triumphs: in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap (by 12 3/4 lengths), the Grade 1 Met Mile, and the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga. Todd also trained Scat Daddy.
Quality Road stands at Lane’s End Farm, which joined up through its Woodford Racing division to buy the new colt.
David Ingordo, who doubles up as a bloodstock adviser for both West Point and Lane’s End. said, “We look at a lot of our sires’ progeny, not just the weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-olds, but also the ones by our sires that have already run, to build up an internal database of what a good Quality Road, for instance, looks like. This colt fits that. And he kept improving, and that’s a big thing for me, I want to see a horse keep getting better all the time.”