January 13, 2014

Yearlings from the first crop of QUALITY ROAD drew superlatives from leading buyers at the 2013 sales, and their enthusiasm was evident as they bid for the G1 Met Mile winner’s outstanding offerings.

At year’s end, QUALITY ROAD was the nation’s #3 Second-Crop Sire by Yearling Average ($109,735), better than the Classic winners Super Saver ($100,803), Lookin At Lucky ($86,826), etc.

QUALITY ROAD’s yearlings included:

  • $500,000 colt from the immediate family of Horse of the Year SAINT LIAM (purchased by Crupi New Castle Farm II)
  • $435,000 half-sister to this year’s smart sophomore Super Ninety Nine (Robert E. & Lawana Low)
  • $350,000 half-brother to Grade 2 winner Frolic’s Dream (Demi O’Byrne)
  • $300,000 half-brother to SW Fastngrass (Forest Wildcat) (Ingordo Bloodstock)
  • $275,000 colt from MSW Storm Minstrel (Storm Cat) (Red Wings & Phase II)
  • $260,000 half-sister to GSW Ice Cream Silence (Goldmark Farm)
  • $260,000 colt from a half-sister to MGISW Summer Colony (Calumet Farm)
  • $250,000 sale-topping colt at FTMSEP (Bortolazzo Stables)
  • $240,000 filly out of champion Xtra Heat (Kinsman Farm)

Before they hit the market, QUALITY ROAD’s yearlings were already drawing rave reviews:

  • “We have four QUALITY ROAD yearlings and a foal by him. The yearlings are all big, strong, forward types with the scope and athleticism of their sire; the best of them is one of our ‘top 5 physical’ colts. The foal is an ‘A’ in every way and well above average in height and weight. If his offspring run the way they look, Quality Road is sure to ring some bells as a sire.” – Chris Baker, Three Chimneys COO
  • “Our QUALITY ROAD colt is the best yearling we have. He is great looking with great size and scope and is such a smooth mover. If all the Quality Roads are like him, he’s going to be an excellent sire. We are definitely breeding back to him.” – Greg Goodman, Mt. Brilliant Farm
  • “We have two yearlings by QUALITY ROAD that were so athletic and correct we bred three mares back to him in 2012. His 2013 foals are three of the best foals we have on the farm.” – Tony Holmes, Marula Park Stud owner
  • “Our QUALITY ROAD yearling has been a superstar since day one. He is a clone of his sire – tall, very correct, a two-turn looking colt. He is just a beautiful horse with a great mind.” Mike Palmer, CandyLand Farm Manager

Meanwhile, breeders continue to be excited about the mares selling in-foal to QUALITY ROAD. He was North America’s #2 Second-Crop Covering Sire by Average ($104,857) at the 2013 bloodstock sales.

QUALITY ROAD should also be well-represented at the juvenile-in-training sales in 2014. The respected pinhookers that purchased his yearlings include Kirkwood Stables, John Greathouse, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Mike Ryan, Hoby Kight, Nick de Meric, Don Graham, Becky Thomas, etc.

QUALITY ROAD is set up to be leading juvenile in 2014. Stay ahead of the curve and use the multiple-track-record setter in your breeding plans.

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