Quantum Merit went to the lead from the beginning and held off second-place Foreverness by a nose to win the $114,300 Kingston for New York breds on the Belmont Park turf Sunday. "He didn't want to be denied," said winning jockey Richard Migliore. "Foreverness really laid it down and made him run."Quantum Merit set fractions of :24 3/5, :48 1/5 and 1:11 4/5 before winning the 1 1/8-mile turf race in 1:47 flat. Quantum Merit returned $4.20, $2.90 and $2.50. Foreverness paid $4.10 and $3, and Golden Commander was $3.30 to show."They came home fast," said winning trainer Del Carroll II. "They came home in :35 and change for the last three-eighths – that's running." Quantum Merit, a 5-year-old bay gelding by Hansel, earned $68,580 for Very Un Stable. He is now 7-1-2 from 16 starts with earnings of $341,120.The turf frontrunner has won five of his last six races dating back to last fall. His lone failure was a tired eighth-place finish in the Mohawk Handicap on Oct. 18, 2003. Foreverness, under Jerry Bailey, set off the pace and followed the frontrunner throughout the race and made a valiant try in the stretch. Golden Commander finished third under Edgar Prado.