May 7, 2014
They came, they saw, the bought juveniles by QUALITY ROAD. That was the story of many top horsemen who shopped at the juvenile-in-training sales this spring.
QUALITY ROAD is currently the second-leading freshman sire by juvenile median ($155,000) (3 or more sold) and the number three sire by average ($164,100) (3 or more sold).
With seven of his 12 juveniles through the ring bringing six figures, QUALITY ROAD could boast of:
$350,000 filly at OBSAPR (purchased by Martin Schwartz)
a Lane’s End-bred $310,000 filly at OBSMAR (purchased by Repole Stable)
$225,000 colt at FTFMAR (purchased by JSM Equine and Greathouse Properties)
$180,000 colt at OBSMAR (purchased by Repole Stable) – “This son of first-crop sire QUALITY ROAD has a freakish turn of foot,” said consignor Nick de Meric told The Blood-Horse. De Meric later said to the TDN, “I love my QUALITY ROADs.”
Those results came on the heels of an outstanding reception to QUALITY ROAD’s yearlings. In 2013, his yearlings sold for $500,000, $435,000, $350,000, $300,000, $275,000, $260,000 (2), $250,000, $240,000, etc.
QUALITY ROAD’s very first starter showed the sort of brilliance horsemen saw in his progeny at the sales. Hootenanny, a 2yo gelding from the Wesley Ward barn, drew off to a 4 1/4-lengths success in a Keeneland maiden special in April.
Keep an eye out for QUALITY ROAD youngsters at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic and OBS June, and at the races this summer!