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Coronado's Quest

Coronado's Quest
Sire Forty Niner
Dam Laughing Look
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Damsire Damascus
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1995
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Stuart S. Janney III
Owner Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association
Trainer Claude R. McGaughey III
Record 17: 10-2-0
Earnings $2,046,190
Coronado's Quest is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Laughing Look by Forty Niner. He was born around 1995 in the United States, and was bred by Stuart S. Janney III.
Major wins
Travers Stakes (1998)
Haskell Invitational (1998)
Remsen Stakes (1997)
Cowdin Stakes (1997)
Nashua Stakes (1997)
Wood Memorial (1998)
Dwyer Stakes (1998)
Riva Ridge Stakes (1998)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January, 2008

Coronado's Quest (1995–2006) was an American-based Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by 1987 Champion Two Year Old Colt Forty Niner, out of the unraced Damascus daughter Laughing Look. His granddam, Laughter, is a 3/4 sister to the great Ruffian.

As a two year old, Coronado's Quest won three graded stakes, including a victory in the Remsen over future Bluegrass Stakes winner Halory Hunter. The following year, he was known for his moody temperament (which earned him the nickname "the Bad Boy of Racing") as much as his talent. He started his three year old campaign with a second in the Hutcheson stakes to Time Limit after dumping jockey Mike Smith before the race. His antics got worse in Florida, where he finished second to Lil's Lad in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and came to head with a dismal fifth in the Florida Derby. That effectively ended his chance at the Kentucky Derby.

After the fisco in Florida, Coronado's Quest returned to New York and underwent a routine surgery to fix an entrapped epiglottis. His manners improved tremendously after the surgery, and he reeled off five straight graded stakes wins. He won the Wood Memorial by 2 in 1:47.47. He then won the Riva Ridge and the Dwyer Stakes before taking on Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop in the Haskell. He won that race by a half-length in a thriller. A rematch between them came in the Travers, and that race was even closer, with Coronado's Quest prevailing by a nose over Victory Gallop with Raffie's Majesty a neck back in third. It was almost an exact replay of his sire's Travers win over Seeking the Gold and Brian's Time ten years prior.

Coronado's Quest was retired to stand stud at the historic Claiborne Farm in 1999. Coronado's Quest was sold to Japan in 2003, where he died March 8, 2006 from heart failure after covering a mare at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association's Shizunai Stallion Station at Hokkaido. Coronado's Quest was only moderately successful at stud, despite his excellent pedigree and race record. He has so far sired seventeen stakes winners (seven graded), including multiple grade one winner Society Selection. He is also represented by 2007 Sovereign Award Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/2009 Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter Kodiak Kowboy and 2008 Spinaway Stakes (G1) winner Mani Bhavan as a broodmare sire.



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