April 21, 2014
The first runner from QUALITY ROAD became the first winner for the outstanding multiple Grade 1 winner, whose first crop hits the track in 2014. Sent off at generous 9-2 odds in a Keeneland maiden special weight Apr. 17, the 2yo gelding Hootenanny broke alertly and battled head-and-head through a quarter in :22.70. He was still under a hand ride as he began to get away from the rest, and with a tap of the whip he surged at the eighth pole to win by 4 1/2 lengths in what track announcer Kurt Becker called “a sparkling debut for this QUALITY ROAD [colt].” The final time for the 4 1/2-furlong race was a swift :51.15.
Hootenanny is owned by Ken Donworth, Ben McElroy and trainer Wesley Ward. He was bred in Kentucky by Barronstown. The colt was produced by a half to Grade 1 winner Cat Moves and hails from a family curated by a longtime Lane’s End client, the late Ned Evans, who bred and campaigned QUALITY ROAD to seven graded wins and over $2.2 million in earnings.
Hootenany isn’t the only 2yo to star this year for QUALITY ROAD. At the juvenile sales, he’s seen eight of 10 youngsters average $156,375. They include a Lane’s End-bred half-sister to G1SW Shadow Cast (SMART STRIKE) who sold to Repole Stable at OBS March for $310,000.
A QUALITY ROAD colt from MSW Storm Minstrel, meanwhile, brought $225,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida Sale. He was purchased by JSM Equine and Greathouse Prop.
QUALITY ROAD has six catalogued horses at the upcoming OBS April sale–keep an eye out for these up-and-comers!