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US Gr1 Star Coronado's Quest Dies In Japan
In Japan, former Kentucky sire Coronado's Quest (winner of the 1998 Gr1 Haskell Invitational Handicap & Gr1 Travers Stakes) "died after suffering an apparent heart attack at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station on the island of Hokkaido," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The 11-year-old son of Forty Niner (out of unraced Damascus mare Laughing Look) stood 5 seasons at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, before the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association purchased him for stud duty beginning in 2004. He had covered more than 100 mares in each of his initial 2 seasons in Japan. Coronado's Quest won 5 of 6 starts as a 2YO (including the Gr2 Remsen Stakes & Gr2 Cowdin Stakes); he was then among the US's leading 3YOs in 1998 when he won 5 of 11 starts (also including the Gr2 Wood Memorial Stakes) before "a minor injury knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, but he won the Gr2 Riva Ridge Stakes on the Gr1 Belmont Stakes undercard". Stonerside Stable purchased an interest in Coronado's Quest after the colt's 5-length victory in the Gr2 Dwyer Stakes" & he retired with 10 wins in 17 starts & US$2,046,190 earnings. Coronado's Quest sired 10 stakes-winners from his initial 4 crops (including triple Gr1 winner Society Selection) & the earners of US$8,758,673; his final North American crop are 2YOs of 2006.