Cox Plans To Train Essential Quality Up To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Trainer Brad Cox will not start juvenile champion Essential Quality again before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, reports the Daily Racing Form. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Tapit will train up to the race at his home base of Churchill Downs.

“The plan is to have all his works here,” Cox told DRF. “He’ll pretty much work every Saturday from here on in until we leave for Del Mar. It’s 10 weeks from the Travers to the Classic, and that’s just fine.”

This year, Essential Quality has racked up wins in the G3 Southwest, G2 Blue Grass, G1 Belmont, G2 Jim Dandy, and G1 Travers Stakes. His only loss came in the Kentucky Derby, in which the colt finished fourth, beaten one length at the wire.

Conversely, the champion’s stablemate Knicks Go will have his final Breeders’ Cup prep in the Lukas Classic on Oct. 2 at Churchill.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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