10/07/2011 6:07PM

Keeneland: Quiet Giant out of training

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Quiet Giant, with Julien Leparoux riding, wins the Molly Pitcher.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Quiet Giant, who was expected to run in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland, has been taken out of training and will not race again before her sale next month, according to her trainer, Todd Pletcher, and Chris Baker, the farm manager for the late Edward P. Evans, who bred Quiet Giant and whose estate owns her.

Evans’s bloodstock is being dispersed at Keeneland in a month, and Quiet Giant is scheduled to go through the auction ring on Nov. 7. Baker said she had a “minor setback” this week “that will prevent her from running between now and the sale.” Quiet Giant was sent from Pletcher’s barn at Belmont Park to Evans’s Virginia farm on Thursday.

“We consulted with Dr. Larry Bramlage,” Baker said, “and he said that with 60 days rest, she’ll be 100 percent. She should be an exceptional 5-year-old for whoever buys her. Her pedigree is nothing but one that should improve with age.”

Quiet Giant, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway and the Quiet American mare Quiet Dance, has won 7 of 12 starts, including her last two races, the Lady’s Secret and Grade 2 Molly Pitcher, both at Monmouth Park.

Baker said Quiet Giant was one of 60 horses, including mares and weanlings, from Evans’ estate scheduled for Book One of the Keeneland sale. Dozens more are in subsequent books.