09/03/2007 12:00AM

Quijano by neck in Grosser Preis von Baden


Some horses just have a nose for the finish line. On Sunday at Baden-Baden, Quijano proved again that he is one of them as he held off the brave Adlerflug to win the Group 1, $340,000 Grosser Preis von Baden.

Trained by Peter Schiergen, Quijano prevailed by a neck under Andrasch Starke. In wining the late duel with Adlerflug, the German Derby winner and 2-1 favorite, Quijano ran the 1 1/2 miles on good ground in 2:28.19 at 5.90-1. Longshot Egerton was third, 3 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up, with British invaders Youmzain fourth and Mountain High eighth. The defending champ, Prince Flori, was seventh.

After a fifth-place finish in his March 2005 debut, Quijano won 10 races in a row, winning his maiden in a 1 5/16-mile Hannover allowance, then winning five handicaps and a listed race in Germany before landing a pair of handicaps and the Group 3 Dubai City of Gold at Nad Al Sheba. Just seventh in the Dubai Sheema Classic and 1o th in the Grand Prix de Vichy, he won the listed Ittlingen-Pokal at Cologne on August 5 and is now 12 of 15 lifetime for earnings of $594,296.

Schiergen will bypass the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with the 5-year-old Quijano and head instead for the Canadian International at Woodbine on Oct. 21. Trainer Jens Hirschberger will not run Adlerflug again season this but will keep him in training next year.