Darley’s Quiet American passes away aged 30

Darley's Quiet American passes away aged 30
By Zoe Vicarage 12:34PM 15 OCT 2016

QUIET AMERICAN, sire of dual Grade 1 hero Real Quiet, has died at the age of 30. The former resident of Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky was pensioned from stud duties in 2013.

Bred by Tartan Farms out of the winning Dr Fager mare Demure, the son of Fappiano was purchased by Darley for $300,000 at the 1987 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale.

His biggest victories on the racetrack came when landing the Grade 1 NYRA Mile Handicap and the Grade 3 San Diego Handicap as a four-year-old. He also finished second in both the Grade 1 Woodward Handicap and the Grade 1 Charles H. Strub Stakes.

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Retired to Gainsborough Farm in Kentucky, Quiet American stood there until 2006 before moving at the beginning of 2007 when Darley consolidated its stallion operation to Jonabell.

Leading performers during his time at stud included American Classic winner Real Quiet, the dual Grade 1-winning mare Hidden Lake, and the Grade 1 scorers Switch, Seattle Smooth and Warrior Queen.

He was also the sire of Cara Rafaela, the dam of Darley sire Bernardini.

Quiet American sired 54 black-type stakes winners and the earners of more than $64 million.

Dan Pride, chief operating officer of Godolphin in America said: "To achieve what he did as a racehorse and as a stallion, and then be able to live a long and happy life, is really what one hopes for of any horse.

"His legacy will certainly live on through his sons and daughters. He was such a favourite of ours as well as fans in general. We're all going to miss him."

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