Quarter Crack Takes Quality Road Out of Derby Contention

Quality Road, who figured to be among the top choices for Saturday's Kentucky Derby will not start in the Run for the Roses, it was confirmed Monday morning by Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm.

"There was some tenderness in the foot this morning and he's not 100%. (Trainer) Jimmy (Jerkens) wasn't comfortable breezing him, and without a work, he can't go," Baker said. "He's not going to make the race."

Quality Road, a homebred son of Elusive Quality has been battling a second quarter crack for the last few days. He returned from a mile and three-quarter gallop on the Belmont Park training track April 26 with a tinge of blood from the newly-patched crack.

According to Elliott Walden, racing manager of WinStar Farm, jockey John Velazquez, who was named to ride Quality Road, will now take the mount on Mr. Hot Stuff. Mr. Hot Stuff, a full brother to dual grade I winner Colonel John, was bred by WinStar. He worked five furlongs April 26 at Hollywood Park.

Quality Road has three wins from four lifetime starts. Out of the Strawberry Road mare Kobla, he was a smashing winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes in his 3-year-old debut Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park, and last time out won the Florida Derby.

"The good news is we have a very talented 3-year-old," Baker said. "We'll wait and get him right and go from there."

(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

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