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Things Popular Overseas: Quality Road, Soccer

The  equine Bill Bryson?

The equine Bill Bryson?

The Met Mile takes place on Monday, and it’s generating some interest overseas; Britain’s Racing Post seems more excited about seeing Quality Road back in action than most of our domestic racing press does at this point – the race will even be shown live on At The Races.  (Will their online streaming be more effective than the NTRA’s? We suspect so). They consider Quality Road the ‘top-rated horse in the world’ and give fulsome praise to his Donn Handicap victory.  By some measure, he seems to have moved into that rare category – American Things More Appreciated Abroad  – which is normally inhabited by writers or musicians like Suzi Quatro or Chrissie Hynde. While trainer Todd Pletcher is no doubt looking forward to seeing his grownup star in action, he had to appreciate the way the publication framed his thoughts on Quality Road’s last work:

“I thought it all went very, very well,” added the Kentucky Derby-winning trainer.

The one negative about the race is that Quality Road will have very little competition; Warrior’s Reward and Kensei are nice horses, but are nowhere in the same league. I would be intrigued to see him head to Royal Ascot to see where he fits in with Europe’s top horses; while he’s certainly very effective on dirt, he’s got that as-yet-untapped Antipodean pedigree on his dam’s side – he could be equally at home on grass (or synthetics). After all, versatility is a fine thing – just ask Einstein or Blame.

Of course, there is life beyond racing; the World Cup is almost upon us, so Team Superfecta will be much distracted by that in the coming weeks.  We’ll be at the US-Turkey friendly on Saturday, and will likely go into full World Cup saturation mode following the Belmont.  You have been warned!

3 comments to Things Popular Overseas: Quality Road, Soccer

  • No horse in training is in the same league as Quality Road.

  • admin

    Do you include Zenyatta? Certainly they are miles apart from a Beyers perspective…

  • I am really looking forward to the Breeders Cup this fall with Quality Road in the mix.

    Glad to see there are other horse racing fans out there just as excited for the World Cup-I gotta feeling its gonna be real good.

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