03/09/2006 12:00AM

Coronado's Quest dies


Coronado's Quest, who was sold in 2003 to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association's Shizunai Stallion Station, has died there, apparently of a heart attack.

A spokesman at the Shizunai Stallion Station confirmed that Coronado's Quest, an 11-year-old Forty Niner horse, died Wednesday.

Coronado's Quest had stood at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky since leaving the racetrack in 1998. Claiborne later sold him to the Japanese concern.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Coronado's Quest, a son of the unraced Damascus mare Laughing Look, won the 1997 Cowdin (setting an Aqueduct record of 1:14.35 for 6 1/2 furlongs), Remsen, and Nashua stakes. He returned at 3 to take the Wood Memorial and the Grade 1 Travers and Haskell. He retired with $2,046,190 in earnings with a record of 10-2-0 from 17 starts. His best runner is multiple Grade 1 winner and $1.9 million earner Society Selection.