Midway through the year, QUALITY ROAD is the Leading Fourth Crop Sire as well as a Top 10 General Active Sire. Only Tapit has more Graded Stakes Winners on any surface, and QUALITY ROAD is the Co#1 sire of Graded Stakes Horses on dirt. With the likes of his multiple Grade 1-winning daughter Abel Tasman leading the way, the young Lane’s End sire continues to make a name for himself in the stallion ranks.
QUALITY ROAD is not only the Leading Fourth Crop Sire by earnings, he is also tops in regards to number of Grade 1 Winners, Grade 1 Horses, Graded Stakes Winners, Graded Stakes Horses, Stakes Winners, Stakes Horses, Winners, Wins, and Starters.
Of his 18 Stakes Horses thus far in 2017, the one making the most headlines is the 3-year-old filly Abel Tasman, who has great potential for championship honors after having won three consecutive Grade 1 races at three different tracks to date.
Abel Tasman’s first top level score of the year came in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs, and she followed that performance by winning the Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Most recently, Able Tasman showed her grit and determination by taking the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga.
These victories have made her a clear leader in her division. Abel Tasman is the highest rated 3-year-old of either gender in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and the Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker places her at the top of the 3-year-old filly division in his ratings as well.
Abel Tasman races for her breeder, Clearsky Farms, along with China Horse Club International. The millionaire first showed her immense talent as a 2-year-old, when she won last year’s Starlet Stakes (G1) at Los Alamitos in her first start in stakes company.
However, underscoring QUALITY ROAD’s success is the fact that even without Abel Tasman, he would still be the Leading Fourth Crop Sire. Overall, QUALITY ROAD’s progeny have earned more than $5.6 million so far in 2017, almost $2 million more than Lookin At Lucky, who sits in second.
One of the fillies routinely racing against Abel Tasman is Salty, another filly by QUALITY ROAD. A graded stakes winner in her own right, having won the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in March, Salty finished second in the Acorn and third in the Coaching Club American Oaks behind Abel Tasman.
Other Graded Stakes Winners to represent QUALITY ROAD this year include Illuminant, High Ridge Road, Cowboy Culture, Long Haul Bay, and Guest Suite, ensuring that even more success is likely for this up-and-coming sire.