Belmont Park has played host to some of the major players in this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Quality Road, who won the Metropolitan Handicap here, will be placed in the BC Classic. Haynesfield, another Belmont Stakes winner with a victory in the Jockeys Club Gold Cup, will also be headed to Churchill Downs for the Classic.
Quality Road and Haynesfield look to be two of the favorites in this year’s BC Classic. Their main opponents will likely be Blame, Lookin At Lucky, and Zenyatta. There were 16 pre-entries reported for the Classic, only 14 of which will be entering the starting gate on November 6th. Quality Road was entered in last year’s Classic, but had to be scratched at the starting gate. Pletcher is looking to redeem his horse’s reputation this time with a win. QR’s gate problems, according to Pletcher, have been solved thanks to the practice and experience of the last year.
Some of Pletcher’s other entries to the Breeders’ Cup include Stay Thirsty, in the Juvenile; Pluck, in the Juvenile Turf; and Life At Ten, in the Ladies Classic.
Haynesfield is trained by Steve Asmussen.