Quality Road's Fastest G1-Winning 2YO

Quality Road / Inventive, by Dixie Union, 2014, B

Quality Road's Fastest G1-Winning 2YO

  • 5 first-crop winners so far, including LOVEHERHEART, 5 1/2-length MdSpWt winner at Santa Anita; BONUS APPRECIATION, 2 1/2-length MdSpWt winner at Monmoth; CANDY SIM, G2 winner in Russia; also, Quality Bet, placed in the Tah Dah S.
  • First 2YOs sold for $310,000, $250,000, $225,000, $210,000, etc. Buyers include Kaleem Shah, Marc Tacher, Gary Contessa, Dennis O'Neill, Marylou Whitney Stables, Al Stall, Sallusto & Albina, etc.
  • First-crop yearlings sold for $160,000, $120,000 (sale topper at TTA Yearling Sale), $115,000, $115,000, $100,000, $100,000, etc.
  • First weanlings sold up to $170,000
  • Dominant winner of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) by 4 ¼ lengths, running 7 furlongs in 1:21.80—the second-fastest time since 2004, only behind American Pharoah
  • Earned a 94 Beyer for the performance, faster than other recent Del Mar Futurity winners such as Nyquist, Lookin at Lucky, Midshipman, and Stevie Wonderboy—all of which were 2-year-old champions
  • Won the Best Pal S. (G2) at Del Mar by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:16.11, the fastest time at that distance since 2011
  • Named a TDN Rising Star after winning a Santa Anita MdSpWt by 5 ¼ lengths in July of his 2-year-old season
  • Runner-up in the FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita in first two-turn start
  • At three: Runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) to Champion 3-Year-Old West Coast, earning a 96 Beyer
  • QUALITY ROAD's highest-priced colt of 2016: $435,000 2-year-old purchase by Bob Baffert after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5 at OBS March
  • Out of a stakes-placed DIXIE UNION mare, second dam is by STORM CAT, third dam is a GSW, and fourth dam is G1 winner FARA'S TEAM, dam of CONCERN (Breeders' Cup Classic winner)
  • Covered ​581 mares in his first ​three books. First ​2YOs in 202​1

By Alan Porter – Klimt is a grade one and multiple graded stakes winning two-year-old by the brilliant racehorse and outstanding young sire, Quality Road.

Quality Road is sire of two graded stakes winners, including Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Abel Tasman, out of mares by Deputy Minister, a broodmare sire line that has worked well under both Quality Road and his sire, Elusive Quality. Out of mares from this line, Quality Road also has grade one winner City of Light out of a mare by Deputy Minister son, Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), graded stakes winner Guest Suite out of a mare by Ghostzapper (by Awesome Again, also sire of Daaher and Toccet), and graded winner Long Haul Bay out of a mare by French Deputy. Other Deputy Minister line horses include Touch GoldSilver Deputy (sire of PosseSpring At Last and Badge of Silver) and Forest Camp. There is also a grade one placed runner by Quality Road out of a mare by Regal Classic, a son of Deputy Minister’s sire, Vice Regent.

Quality Road has sired grade one winner Illuminant out of a mare by Polish Numbers, a son of Danzig, as well as stakes winners out of mares by Danzig sons, Danehill and Dayjur. Other Danzig line stallions that could be considered here include Belong To MeLost Soldier, LangfuhrAscot KnightPine BluffHonor GradesHard Spun and Anabaa, who are all broodmare sires of stakes winners by stallions from the sire of Quality Road’s grandsire, Gone West. It could also be worth considering Danzig through Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto and grandsire of Bellamy Road) and Exchange Rate and War Front.

Quality Road has done well with mares from the Storm Cat line. Storm Cat appears in the pedigree of Klimt, but will be in the fourth generation of his foals, and we can note that there are already more than 30 graded stakes winners with inbreeding to Storm Cat. In addition to a pair of stakes winners, one grade two, out of mares by Storm Cat himself, Quality Road has grade one winner Hootenanny and graded winner Great Stuff out of mares by Storm Cat son, Hennessy (sire of JohannesburgHenny Hughes and Cactus Ridge; grandsire of Scat Daddy). There are numerous other sons of Storm Cat that could be tried, including Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Pure PrizeStorm BootStorm Creek, Catienus and Sea of Secrets – all Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector crosses, the reverse of Klimt, which should work well – as well as Future Storm, broodmare sire of a Gone West line grade one winner, as well as Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Freud and his brother Giant’s Causeway (sire of Eskendereya and First Samurai), Harlan’s Holiday (sire of Into Mischief), MenifeeMountain CatSir CatVan NistelrooyTabasco Cat and Discreet Cat (by Forestry, also sire of Shackleford), who are all broodmare sires of Gone West line stakes winners. Other Storm Cat line broodmare sires include), BernsteinBluegrass CatYankee GentlemanStormin Fever and Tactical Cat and With Distinction. The Gone West cross with Storm Cat’s close relative, Royal Academy, has also done very well with eight stakes winners, four graded, and one grade one.

Quality Road is sire of multiple graded stakes winner Frank Conversation out of a mare by Nureyev son, Unusual Heat, suggesting other Nureyev line stallions such as Theatrical (who has done well under Gone West), Atticus, Alwuhush,FasliyevSpinning World and Stravinsky.

Quality Road is sire of the very promising grade two winning juvenile, Road to Victory out of a mare by Tiznow, a son of Cee’s Tizzy from the Relaunch line. Sons of Tiznow include Colonel JohnGemologist and Tiz Wonderful. The Relaunch line can also be brought in through Honour and GlorySkywalkerBertrando and Officer.

From Hail to Reason line mares, Quality Road has graded stakes winner High Ridge Road out of a mare by Devil’s Bag (by Halo), and stakes winner Sashimi Blaster out of a mare by Cure the Blues (by Stop the Music, a horse with a similar background to Halo). Devil’s Bag is sire of Devil His Due and Diablo, and is a brother to Saint Ballado (sire of Saint LiamCaptain Bodgit and Yankee Victor). The Halo line could also be tried through More Than Ready.

Out of mares from the A.P. Indy line, Quality Road has stakes winners out of mares by Bernardini and Malibu Moon. Mares by stallions bred on an A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector cross, such as Malibu MoonMineshaftPulpit (sire of TapitSky Mesa and Stroll), Congrats and Flatter, give a parallel Seattle Slew/Mr. Prospector cross to the dam of Dixie Union, the broodmare sire of Klimt.

Quality Road is sire of the highly-promising Paved out of a mare by Cozzene, who should fit really well here, and is sire of Mizzen MastAlphabet Soup and Running Stag. Cozzene is by Caro, and Gone West has also done well with Caro through In Excess and his son, Indian Charlie, the sire of Uncle Mo.

Crossed back over the Mr. Prospector line, Quality Road is sire of graded stakes winner Cowboy Culture out of a mare Smart Strike (sire of CurlinLookin At Lucky and English Channel). Elusive Quality has done well with Mr. Prospector through Seeking the Gold, who could be tried through Cape TownPetionville and Mutakddim. Elusive Quality has also done well with the Kingmambo branch of Mr. Prospector, including a group one winner out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid. From the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, Quality Road is sire of multiple stakes winner Marengo Road out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song, sire of SongandaprayerDunkirkFirst Defence and Midshipman (reverse crosses to the dam of Dixie Union, the broodmare sire of Klimt), Even The ScoreHalf OursOld Fashioned and Rockport Harbor.

b. 2006
b. 1993
br. 1984 [IC]
b. 1986
HERO’S HONOR (USA) b. 1980
IVORY WAND (USA) b. 1973
b. 1995
b. 1979
GIFTISA (NZ) b. 1974
b. 1988
ALYDAR (USA) ch. 1975 [C]
b. 2005
dkb/br. 1997
b. 1980
dkb/br. 1989
CAPOTE (USA) br. 1984
SHE’S A TALENT (USA) dkb/br. 1983
dkb/br. 1999
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN) b. 1978
TERLINGUA (USA) ch. 1976 *
b. 1990
BROAD BRUSH (USA) br. 1983 [IC]
FARAS TEAM (USA) ch. 1985

Race Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 6 3 (2) 1 (1) 0 $416,960
3 2 0 1 (1) 1 (1) $52,000
Totals 8 3 (2) 2 (2) 1 (1) $468,960
Won at 2
  • Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar (G1, 7f, by 4 ¼ lengths, defeating Straight Fire, Midnight Pleasure, Dynamic Ruler, Vegas Itch, Chasing Aces).
  • Best Pal S. at Del Mar (G2, 6.5f, by 2 ¾ lengths defeating Big League, Thirstforlife, Rinse and Repeat, Secret House, Drafted).
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (5.5f, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Aqua Frio, Excavation, Mystic Kid, Bourque, Ucanthankmelater, Ky. Colonel, Mizzen Me, The Rule of King’s, Tell Me a Story).
2nd at 2
  • FrontRunner S. at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8.5f, to Gormley, defeating Straight Fire, Midnight Pleasure, Vibe, Plum Dandy, Secret House).
2nd at 3
  • Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Race Course (G3, 9f, to West Coast, defeating B Squared, Colonist, Cistron, Kimbear, Term of Art).
3rd at 3
  • Shared Belief S. at Del Mar (8f, to Battle of Midway, Gato Del Oro, defeating Gormley, Stone Hands, Cistron).

Klimt News

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In The Stud Feature: Klimt

Darby Dan stallion Klimt is featured in the latest installment of Paulick Report’s “In the Stud,” a series put together by EquiSport Photos. The series features up-and-coming names in the stallion ranks, with a focus on those whose first foals are weanlings of 2019. Klimt, the son of Quality Road, was visited by 222 mares […]