Darley press release:
Darley has announced that Quiet American – sire of 1998 dual classic winner Real Quiet – been pensioned from stud duty and will retire at Sheikh Mohammed’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.
A twenty-seven-year-old son of Fappiano, Quiet American was purchased as a yearling for $300,000 at the 1987 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Yearling Sale by Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum, brother of Sheikh Mohammed. Lightly raced at two and three, Quiet American excelled as a four-year-old, winning such races as the Grade I NYRA Mile, before entering stud at Gainsborough Farm in 1992 where he stood until 2006. Quiet American, along with Elusive Quality moved to Jonabell Farm at the beginning of 2007 when Darley consolidated its stallion operation at Jonabell.
“His retirement marks the end of an era,” Charlie Boden, Darley’s Head of Sales in America, said in a release. “He has been a special horse from the beginning and has done it all, siring champions and Derby winners and has emerged as one of the most sought after broodmare sires of his generation.”
As a stallion, Quiet American saw success early, siring 16 percent stakes winners to foals in his first three crops. The standout from his first crop was Hidden Lake, winner of the Grade I Go For Wand and Grade I Beldame, who was then voted Champion Older Female. Champion and Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, from his third crop, remains the closest thing to a Triple Crown winner in the past 35 years when missing out by just a nose in the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s most elusive prize.
His daughter Switch became a multiple Grade I winner. An earner of over $1.4 million, Switch sold at the recent Fasig-Tipton November Select Mixed Sale for $4.3 million.
Quiet American’s cumulative totals as a sire reflect the earners of over $57 million, 55 Stakes winners (111 total Stakes horses) and 15 percent stakes horses from starters.
His influence as a progenitor is also very apparent through his Stakes-producing daughters. These include Cara Rafaela, winner of the Grade I Hollywood Starlet and the dam of champion Bernardini, now a leading sire in his own right.
“He is as healthy as a 27 year old can be and is an easy keeper who has earned his time off and certainly will be in good company with the likes of Cherokee Run and Holy Bull,” Boden said.