10/22/2001 12:00AM

One mistake doesn't cost Quel Senor


FAR HILLS, N.J. - Quel Senor, who failed to complete his last race over jumps at Saratoga two months ago, overcame a bad jump on the final circuit to win Saturday's $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at Far Hills Racecourse.

Ridden by Cyril Murphy, Quel Senor led for the second half of the race, run over two miles and five furlongs. Considered an outsider because of his erratic recent form, Quel Senor clipped the 10th of 13 fences, but recovered quickly. He maintained a lead in the final half-mile, through an uphill finish, and pulled away after the final fence to win by 5 3/4 lengths over Lord Zada. Praise the Prince finished third.

Murphy said Quel Senor's mistake was not a serious setback. "He got to the other side and he gathered himself," Murphy said.

Defending champion All Gong unseated jockey Blythe Miller at the eighth fence and Yellowroad fell at the 11th.

Quel Senor has won 3 of 6 starts this year for Coppertree Farm, a partnership that includes Guy Torsilieri, the co-chairman of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, which conducted Saturday's program at Moorland Farm.

Trainer Tom Voss said Quel Senor bled at Saratoga when he failed to finish the Smithwick Hurdle on Aug. 9. He recently won a flat race at a steeplechase meeting as a tune-up for Saturday's race.