04/10/2005 11:00PM

Quest retired to stud duty


Quest, a Grade 2 winner, has retired to Arthur Hancock III's Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., and will stand at stud beginning in 2006.

, a homebred for Hancock and Gerald Healy, was declared the winner of the 2003 Clark Handicap. He finished second, a nose behind Evening Attire, who was subsequently disqualified. In four seasons at the races, Quest also won this year's Lure Handicap in the slop at Gulfstream in a track-record time of 1:29 for 7 1/2 furlongs. He also finished second behind Mineshaft in the 2003 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He retires with a 23-6-4-4 career race record and $768,012 in earnings.

Quest is a 6-year-old Seeking the Gold horse out of the Spectacular Bid mare Starlore, who set a course record herself in 1996, when she covered 1 1/2 miles at Keeneland in 2:29.19. Starlore is a stakes-placed mare, having finished second the Sixty Sails at Fair Grounds.