'Quest' likely won't run in Belmont Slow recovery from injury limits colt's preparation


Coronado's Quest, the early favorite for the Preakness who was scratched from the race because of a foot injury, is not likely to challenge the Triple Crown hopeful Real Quiet in the June 6 Belmont Stakes either, trainer Shug McGaughey said yesterday.

"It's a real, real long shot that he will make the Met Mile and then the Belmont, as we had hoped," McGaughey said. "He will be going back to the track [this] morning and we'll know more after he trains. But I think we'll be looking toward the Travers."

The Travers takes place in late August. The Metropolitan Mile is scheduled for Monday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Coronado's Quest, owned by Maryland's Stuart S. Janney III, developed a hot spot on his right rear hoof after working in preparation for the Preakness and was subsequently withdrawn from that race. McGaughey had then hoped to use the Met Mile as a Belmont prep, but the colt's hoof did not improve until Tuesday morning.

"We got an aluminum pad on him Monday to give him some support and soaked it in hot water and Epsom salts," McGaughey said. "Yesterday morning it popped open and is draining. I think it is behind him now."

The race is likely to include Victory Gallop, the Derby and Preakness runner-up; Classic Cat; Limit Out; Yarrow Brae; Raffi's Majesty; Nationalore; Thomas Jo; and Black Cash. Sunday's Peter Pan at Belmont may provide additional starters: Hanuman Highway, Rubiyat and Doc Martin.

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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