Quest for Fame (horse)

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Quest for Fame
Racing silks of Khalid Abdullah.svg
Racing colours of Khalid Abdullah
Sire Rainbow Quest
Grandsire Blushing Groom
Dam Aryenne
Damsire Green Dancer
Sex Stallion
Foaled 15 February 1987
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder Juddmonte Farms
Owner Khalid Abdullah
Trainer Jeremy Tree
Roger Charlton
Robert J. Frankel (USA)
Record 15: 4-4-2
Earnings ₤937,398
Major wins
Epsom Derby (1990)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1992)
Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap (1992)
Last updated on August 26, 2007

Quest for Fame (foaled 1987) is a British-bred and British-trained Thoroughbred race horse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from October 1989 until November 1992, he ran fifteen times and won four races. His most notable success came in 1990 when he won the Epsom Derby. He was later trained in the United States, where he won the San Luis Obispo Handicap and the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap in 1992. He was the first Epsom Derby winner to win a major race as a five-year-old since St. Gatien in 1886.


Quest For Fame was a very dark-coated bay horse who was bred by Juddmonte Farms, the breeding organisation of his owner Khalid Abdullah. His sire, Rainbow Quest, was a highly successful racehorse who won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1985. He went on to become an important stallion, siring the Group One winners Nedawi, Millenary and Croco Rouge.[1] Quest For Fame's dam, Aryenne, won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches in 1980. Quest for Fame was sent into training with Jeremy Tree at Beckhampton in Wiltshire.

Racing career[edit]

1989: two-year-old season[edit]

Quest For Fame made his debut in a maiden race at Newbury on 28 October 1989. He started 2/1 favourite and finished second to Tyburn Tree.[2]

1990: three-year-old season[edit]

After the retirement of Jeremy Tree, the training of Quest for Fame was taken over by his assistant Roger Charlton. In April 1990, Quest For Fame returned to Newbury and recorded his first win when taking the Spring Maiden Stakes by one and a half lengths.[3] At Chester in May he finished second of the three runners in the Chester Vase, beaten a length by Belmez.

At Epsom on 6 June, Quest For Fame started 7/1 fourth favourite for the Derby. Ridden by the eleven-times champion Pat Eddery, he took the lead over a furlong from the finish and pulled clear to win by three lengths from Blue Stag. The beaten horses included Elmaamul, Linamix, Zoman, and Mr Brooks.[4]

In July Quest For Fame started 5/4 favourite for the Irish Derby at the Curragh. He finished fifth behind the filly Salsabil.

1991: four-year-old season[edit]

Quest For Fame ran five times as a four-year-old without winning. In the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, he finished fourth of the seven runners behind In The Groove. In August, he ran second to Terimon in the International Stakes. He started odds-on favourite for the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton but was beaten a neck by the three-year-old Young Buster. On his final European start, Quest For Fame finished seventh of the fourteen runners behind Saumarez in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Quest For Fame's lack of success led to his being sent off a 58/1 outsider for the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in November. He belied his odds and produced his best performance of the season in running third to Miss Alleged.[5]

1992: five-year-old season[edit]

In 1992, Quest for Fame was transferred to the stable of Robert J. Frankel in California. In February, he recorded his first win since the 1990 Derby when defeating Miss Alleged in the Grade III San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita Park[6] In May at Hollywood Park Racetrack, he carried top weight of 124 pounds to victory in the Grade I Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap.[7]

Quest For Fame was off the racecourse for four months before returning in the autumn of 1992. He finished unplaced in the Arlington Million behind Dear Doctor before running in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park in October. The field also included the three-year-old Dr Devious, meaning that the race featured the first meeting between Epsom Derby winners since Nijinsky defeated Blakeney in the 1970 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Quest for Fame got the better of Dr Devious by a length, as they finished third and fourth behind Fraise.[8] On his final start, Quest for Fame was unplaced behind Tokai Teio in the Japan Cup.


In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Quest for Fame a “poor” Derby winner.[9]

Stud record[edit]

Quest for Fame stood as a stallion in the United States and Australia. He had limited success as a stallion, with the best of his offspring being the gelding Sarrera, who won the Doomben Cup.[10][11] He was pensioned from breeding duty in 2010.[12]


Pedigree of Quest for Fame (GB), bay stallion, 1987
Rainbow Quest (USA)
Blushing Groom
Red God Nasrullah
Spring Run
Runaway Bride Wild Rik
I Will Follow
Herbager Vandale
Where You Lead Raise A Native
Aryenne (IRE)
Green Dancer
Nijinsky Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
Green Valley Val de Loir
Sly Pola
Cambremont Sicmabre
Alora Ballyogan
Agnes (Family:4)


  1. ^ "Rainbow Quest | Stud Record | Bloodstock Stallion Book | Racing Post". 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Results from the 3.15 race at NEWBURY - 28 October 1989". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Results from the 2.40 race at NEWBURY - 20 April 1990". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Results from the 3.45 race at EPSOM - 6 June 1990". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Results from the 8.01 race at CHURCHILL DOWNS (USA) - 2 November 1991". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  6. ^ "San Luis Obispo Handicap". Racing Post. 18 February 1992. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  7. ^ "Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap". Racing Post. 25 May 1992. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Breeders' Cup Turf result". Racing Post. 31 October 1992. 
  9. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press,. ISBN 1-901570-15-0. 
  10. ^ "Quest For Fame - Stud Record". Racing Post. 
  11. ^ "- Thoroughbred Times". 
  12. ^ "Quest for Fame Pensioned". The Blood-Horse. 22 April 2010. 

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