Claiborne Farm stallion Coronado's Quest, whose unbeaten daughter Society Selection won the Oct. 4 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, has been sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association in a private transaction. Syndicated Coronado's Quest will stand alongside his sire, former Claiborne stallion Forty Niner, at Shizunai Stallion Station.
A multi-millionaire on the racetrack, Coronado's Quest was the highest-priced incoming stallion of 1999, starting for $60,000. He ranked eighth on the 2002 freshmen sire list by progeny earnings, and was represented by three stakes winners, including English group II winner Al Jadeed. Two-year-old Society Selection is his sole added-money winner of 2003.
Coronado's Quest's has experienced a decline in his yearling average. His first yearlings, in 2001, averaged $231,375, and his current yearlings are averaging $93,061.
Coronado's Quest, who was produced from the Damascus mare Laughing Look, raced for his breeder, Stuart S. Janney III, then for Janney and Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable. A two-time grade I winner, Coronado's Quest captured 10 of 17 starts and earned and $2,046,190 while trained by Claude R. (Shug) McGaughey.
Coronado's Quest's contract has a clause in it that states the "seller shall have the right to reacquire" the stallion in the event of him being resold and retired from stud duty.
In addition to Forty Niner and Coronado's Quest, Claiborne also sent Ferdinand and Polish Navy to Japan. Polish Navy later was returned to the U.S.
"We believe that Coronado's Quest has the potential to become a very important sire," said Emmanuel de Seroux, whose Narvick International represented the JBBA in the transaction.