Quality Road has a new trainer in Todd Pletcher, who says the Florida Derby winner could make his next start in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 1.
Previously trained by Jimmy Jerkens, the 3-year-old colt was transferred to Pletcher's barn Monday by owner Edward P. Evans.
Quality Road was one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby, but was sidelined with a hoof injury less than a week before the May 2 Derby. The colt returned to training earlier this month before Evans made the decision to switch trainers.
"He's a very good horse and we just hope we can do as well as Jimmy did with him," Pletcher said Tuesday after watching the colt gallop 1 1/4 miles at Belmont Park. "We're familiarizing ourselves with him and trying to get him into a work program."
The Jim Dandy is in the plan, followed perhaps by the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 29.
"We know how talented he is _ we've seen him run," Pletcher said.
Quality Road has won three of four starts, including the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and defeated new stablemate Dunkirk in the Florida Derby.
He missed the Triple Crown races after developing a quarter crack in his right front hoof.