The sire of Champions Abel Tasman and Caledonia Road and 25 graded stakes winners, Quality Road has become one of the most successful sires in North America. He sired 11 Grade 1 winners from his first six crops alone. Grade 1 winners include City of Light, Roadster, Bellafina, Dunbar Road, etc.
2022 has started off strong for the sire, with Breeders' Cup Champion Corniche, who had an impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) being named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Corniche also previously won the American Pharoah S. (G1) earlier that year.
His most recent Grade 1 winner, Emblem Road, romped to victory in the Saudi Cup (G1), resulting in over $10 million in earnings.
Other Graded Stakes winners in 2021 include Astronaut, winning the Del Mar H. (G2) and Dr Post, winning the Monmouth Cup S. (G3) and the Westchester S. (G3).
Quality’s Roads auction stats are nearly as impressive as his on-track dominance. In 2021, he saw multiple two-year-old sales of $1,500,000, with an average of $470,833 and yearling sales of up to $1,000,000. He has sired multiple seven-digit yearlings, and boasts a 2020 yearling average of $330,091 with sales up to $1,500,000.
Quality Road is by Elusive Quality out of Strawberry Road (Aus) mare Kobla. This is the family of Champions Ajina and Highest Trump.
Among others, Quality Road has sired: G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootennany from a mare by Storm Cat son Hennessy; multiple graded winner Blofeld out of a mare by Storm Cat himself; and stakes-placed horses out of mares by Forest Wildcat and Giant’s Causeway. Storm Cat could also be brought in through lines such as Forestry, Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Tale of the Cat, Mountain Cat, Tabasco Cat and Harlan’s Holiday. There are several other branches of the Northern Dancer line that should work well under Quality Road. His sire, Elusive Quality, has been extremely strong over mares by Dixieland Band and his sons, with Dixie Union appearing as broodmare sire of a stakes placed Quality Road two-year-old. Deputy Minister line mares should also work well, particularly through Silver Deputy. Elusive Quality, and the Gone West line in general, has enjoyed considerable success with Danzig-line mares, and Quality Road has stakes winner Overprepared out of a mare by Dayjur. Other promising sources of Danzig include Danehill and Belong to Me.
WON a maiden special weight race at Aqueduct (6 1/2 fur., in 1:16.11, by 2 3/4 lengths, defeating Toulouse Lautrec, Headache, Dubinsky, etc.).
WON Florida Derby [G1] at Gulfstream Park (1 1/8 mi., in 1:47.72, NTR, defeating Dunkirk, Theregoesjojo, Stately Character, etc.), Fountain of Youth S. [G2] at Gulfstream Park (1 mi., in 1:35.01, by 4 1/4 lengths, defeating Theregoesjojo, Beethoven, Capt. Candyman Can, etc.), Amsterdam S. [G2] at Saratoga (6 1/2 fur., in 1:13.74, NTR, by 2 1/4 lengths, defeating Capt. Candyman Can, Captain Cherokee, Custom for Carlos, etc.), 2nd Jockey Club Gold Cup S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., to Summer Bird, defeating Tizway, Macho Again, etc.), 3rd Shadwell Travers S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/4 mi., to Summer Bird, Hold Me Back, defeating Charitable Man, etc.).
WON Woodward S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., in 1:50, by 4 3/4 lengths, defeating Mythical Power, Tranquil Manner, Convocation, etc.), Metropolitan H. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 mi., in 1:33.11, defeating Musket Man, Tizway, Convocation, etc.), Donn H. [G1] at Gulfstream Park (1 1/8 mi., in 1:47.49, NTR, by 12 3/4 lengths, defeating Dry Martini, Delightful Kiss, Mambo Meister, etc.), Hal’s Hope S. [G3] at Gulfstream Park (1 mi., in 1:36.33, by 2 3/4 lengths, defeating You and I Forever, Congressional Page, Harlem Rocker, etc.), 2nd Whitney H. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., to Blame, by a head, defeating Musket Man, Haynesfield, Mine That Bird, etc.).