Quality Road to Stand at Lane’s End in 2011

by | 11.17.2010 | 12:48am


QUALITY ROAD, brilliant winner of four Grade 1 races and multiple track record holder, will enter stud in 2011 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. QUALITY ROAD has won eight of 12 starts at ages 2, 3 and 4 for earnings in excess of $2.2 million. His final race will come in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 6, 2010.

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Bred and raced by Edward P. Evans, QUALITY ROAD is by leading sire Elusive Quality and is out of the Strawberry Road mare Kobla, a sister to Eclipse Award and Breeders' Cup champion Ajina. 

After winning his only start in New York as a two-year-old, at age three, QUALITY ROAD set track records in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes and also won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes. This year, he set a third track record in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, which he won by an astounding 12 3/4 lengths, and captured the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and Woodward Stakes. He also won the Grade 3 Hal's Hope Stakes.  Cumulatively, he has also placed in three Grade 1 events.

His versatility has been extraordinary, breaking a thirty year old track record in the 6 1/2-furlong Amsterdam Stakes, winning the Metropolitan Handicap at a mile in the second fastest time ever, and lowering his own track record in the 1 1/8 mile Donn Handicap. He has never been off the board in any of his 12 starts.

QUALITY ROAD received a triple-digit Beyer in all of his starts but one and earned a 121 for his victory in the Donn Handicap this year, the highest Beyer recorded over a mile since 2005 when Evans bred Saint Liam earned a 123 in that year's Whitney Handicap.

Will Farish said:

“We are honored to have QUALITY ROAD come to Lane's End.  His top class pedigree and outstanding conformation combined with his champion caliber ability and rare brilliance make him not only the best stallion prospect of his generation but perhaps the best we have seen in many, many years.  In my mind QUALITY ROAD is the most important horse to go to stud since A.P. Indy.  He has all the attributes we look for in stallion prospect.  We will support him in every way we can.”

Edward P. Evans said:

“QUALITY ROAD's unique brilliance on the race track will be greatly missed as this phase of his career comes to a close but I look forward to his career at stud with great anticipation as I am confident he will pass that brilliance on to his foals like all great racehorses that make great stallions do.  We will give him every opportunity to be as successful a sire as he was a racehorse.”

QUALITY ROAD will remain the property of Mr. Evans and a stud fee will be announced at a later date.

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