Quality Road set the track record on Monday at Saratoga for 6-1/2 furlong sprint in 1:13 and 2/5. This led me to think about the different uses of the phrase “track record.” In this case, Quality Road’s spectacular achievement in this one race means he now holds the track record. But, when you hear track record in everyday speech most often people are referring to a set of accomplishments or lack there of. For instance, you’d have to look into a potential contractor’s track record of finishing work on schedule or coming in under budget before hiring them. Your track record at a given endeavor tells whether you are well suited to the task at hand or not. Of course, track records can be deceiving. Just look at Bernie Madoff’s cooked books and the fallout from that as the prime example.