Retirement may wait 1 last race for 'Quest' If he can bounce back from Classic, Cigar Mile could be his finale

November 10, 1998|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

After finishing a game fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Coronado's Quest may race once more before retiring to stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. The Cigar Mile on Nov. 28 at Aqueduct is a strong possibility.

"We'll wait a few days and see how he comes out of the Classic," his trainer, Shug McGaughey, said. "But he's good right now."

McGaughey said he wished he could talk the 3-year-old colt's majority owner, Stuart S. Janney III, into letting him race Coronado's Quest next year.

But Janney, who lives in Butler in Baltimore County, said that will not happen. The horse has been syndicated for breeding purposes, and, Janney said, "The simple truth is he's incredibly valuable as a sire."

Janney and McGaughey were both pleased with the colt's performance in the Classic. He led the 1 1/4 -mile into the homestretch, and then held on for fifth.

"He was getting pressured pretty much the whole way," McGaughey said. "First it was Skip Away on the inside and Arch on the outside. He shook them off, and then here came Silver Charm and Swain. He was starting to run out of gas then."

Said Janney: "We know he's a not a perfect mile and a quarter horse. But I think the way he ran against that level of competition as a 3-year-old was great."

Asked about his colt's chances for the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old champion male, Janney said he believes Coronado's Quest "did himself a good turn. Who else are you going to give it to?"

Real Quiet springs to mind. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before losing the Triple Crown by a nose in the Belmont. But those were the only two races Real Quiet won this year, and he hasn't raced since the Belmont. Coronado's Quest, in 10 starts, has won five races, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap and Travers Stakes.

Voting for the Eclipse awards, including Horse of the Year, will take place at year's end by turf writers, racing secretaries and certain employees of the Daily Racing Form.

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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