Quest attempts to go out on a winning note.
The son of Forty Niner turned in his final serious workout at Belmont Park on Tuesday, when he breezed five furlongs on the fast dirt track under exercise rider Adolph Krajewski. Undefeated in four career starts at Aqueduct, Coronado's Quest is expected to make a bold bid for the $300,000 race, in which the three-year-old attempts to add to his career record of 10 victories from 16 starts and earnings of $2,028,190.
A victory in the Cigar Mile-where he is scheduled to meet beaten Breeders' Cup Sprint favourite Affirmed Success, Distorted Humor, and Crafty Friend-could help Coronado's Quest earn an Eclipse Award. He was last seen when finishing fifth to Awesome Again, beaten two lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
The St James's Palace Stakes winner Dr Fong lines up for the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby over nine furlongs on turf tomorrow.
Dr Fong, formerly trained by Henry Cecil, was fitted with blinkers by his new handler Neil Drysdale in a six-furlong gallop this week, and he may wear the headgear on his second American assignment.
Drysdale said: "I just think that he will be more responsive in blinkers."
Dr Fong has Ladies Din, his conqueror in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby, to beat.
Drysdale saddles another ex-British horse, Hawksley Hill, for the Grade 2 Citation Handicap over nine furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park today. The former Lynda Ramsden inmate was narrowly denied by Da Hoss in a thrilling race for the Breeders' Cup Mile earlier this month and is the likely favourite.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 28, 1998|
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