'Quest' adds to quality of Breeders' Cup field With decision, race looks even more like a Classic

October 27, 1998|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Coronado's Quest, the 3-year-old colt owned by Stuart S. Janney III, will compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 7 at Churchill Downs.

Shug McGaughey, the colt's trainer, said from Belmont Park yesterday that after consulting with Janney, who lives in Butler, they decided to enter Coronado's Quest in what may be one of the most competitive thoroughbred races of all time.

"He's doing awfully well," McGaughey said of the colt who won the Travers Stakes and Haskell Invitational Handicap. "His workouts have been good. I think he deserves a chance."

Owners took the first step toward running their horses in the seven Breeders' Cup races by pre-entering them yesterday. Janney was out of the country on business.

Pre-entries won't be announced until tomorrow, but for only the second time the Classic will likely feature three winners of Triple Crown races: Silver Charm, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Touch Gold and Victory Gallop, who won the Belmont. Summer Squall, Unbridled and Strike the Gold contested the 1991 Classic.

Skip Away, the probable Horse of the Year, is also expected to run in the Classic. He would break Cigar's all-time earnings record of $9,999,815 by finishing third or better in the race.

Awesome Again, undefeated this year; Arch, the up-and-coming 3-year-old who won the Super Derby, and Swain, perhaps Europe's best horse, are likely starters. Even Gentlemen, the ever-tough campaigner, might race in the Classic.

For Skip Away, Swain, Gentlemen and perhaps Coronado's Quest, the Classic will be their final race before retirement to stud. McGaughey said Coronado's Quest might race once more -- in the Cigar Mile on Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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