Pletcher Pair Prep for Belmont


Dr Post outside of Farmington Road | Horsephotos

Todd Pletcher-trained Quality Road colts Dr Post and Farmington Road worked in company Saturday over the Belmont main track as they eye the GI Belmont S. in one week’s time. With Oaklawn S. runner-up and GI Arkansas Derby (Nadal {Blame}’s division) fourth finisher Farmington Road broke off slightly in front of of his Unbridled S.-winning stablemate, and the pair finished together while covering four panels in :48.87 (9/37) before galloping out more or less in tandem (XBTV Video).

“I was very pleased with the work,” Pletcher said. “I was a little concerned going in, working the two horses together, but I felt like that was the best match-up for each horse. They worked in company together last week at Palm Beach Downs and it seemed to go well (5f, 1:01.27, 2/3, XBTV Video)… I thought both horses relaxed nicely in the early part of their work, finished up strongly and galloped out very, very nice. All in all, it went well.”

Pletcher trained top sire and four-time Grade I winner Quality Road himself for the late Ned Evans.

“You can see similarities in both of them to their sire,” said Pletcher of his Belmont-bound pair. “I would say that Dr Post looks more like Quality Road because he’s a bit of a bigger horse, but you can definitely see a similarity in both of them.”

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