10/17/2016 11:46AM

Quiet American's daughters extending his legacy


Even after he was pensioned from stallion duty three years ago, Quiet American remained a prominent presence at Darley’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Ky.

The high-headed bay continued to reside in the back stallion barn at the farm’s manicured stallion complex, sharing an aisle of the barn with 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull and the since-deceased Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Cherokee Run. Quiet American continued to attract visitors in his old age and was feted with a 30th birthday party at the farm April 29, his foaling date.

Quiet American was euthanized last week due to the infirmities of old age but will still maintain his presence via his offspring, as he has developed into an extremely successful broodmare sire. For the case in point, one need look no farther than across the courtyard at Darley, where his champion grandson Bernardini is a prominent young sire. Several yearlings from the female lines of his daughters and granddaughters have fetched seven-figure price tags at sales this year.

“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,” said Dan Pride, Godolphin America chief operating officer. “His legacy will certainly live on through his sons and daughters. He was such a favorite of ours as well as fans in general. We’re all going to miss him.”

Quiet American, a 1987 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling purchase by Darley, initially raced in England before the operation shipped him to the U.S. He rose to prominence at age 4, winning the Grade 1 NYRA Mile and the Grade 3 San Diego Handicap, defeating champion Bayakoa in the latter. In total, he won 4 of 12 career starts, with four stakes wins or placings, earning $754,650. Quiet American retired to Gainsborough Farm for the 1992 season and was moved in 2007 when Darley consolidated its stallion operations to Jonabell.

Quiet American is best known as the sire of champion Real Quiet, who won the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and just missed ending the Triple Crown drought when beaten a nose in the Belmont Stakes.

Quiet American’s other standouts include champion mare Hidden Lake; multiple Grade 1 winner Switch, who was a $4.3 million purchase as a broodmare prospect by Moyglare Stud of Ireland in 2012; millionaire and Grade 1 winner Seattle Smooth; and Grade 1-winning juvenile Cara Rafaela. He was the sire of two popular statebred millionaires, the New York-bred Naughty New Yorker and Louisiana’s all-time leading earner, Star Guitar.

As a broodmare sire, Quiet American is represented by 949 winners for earnings of more than $95.2 million. His daughters have produced 103 individual stakes winners. The high end of that group is led by Cara Rafaela and Grade 2-placed Quiet Dance. Quiet Dance produced 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who sired another Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace, from his only crop.

Quiet Dance is also the dam of Grade 2 winner Quiet Giant, who produced this year’s Louisiana Derby winner and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher, Gun Runner. As a result, Quiet Giant’s yearling filly by Tapit sold for $1.4 million to Mandy Pope at last month’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Quiet Dance is also the dam of Grade 3 winner Congressionalhonor, stakes winner Dance Quietly, Grade 1-placed Miss Besilu, and Grade 2-placed American Dance. Remarkably, Quiet Dance is still producing at age 23. Her yearling Giant’s Causeway colt sold for $27,000 to Korean interests at Keeneland September. She was bred back to young champion Will Take Charge for 2017.

Cara Rafaela was honored as Broodmare of the Year in 2006, when her son Bernardini captured the Preakness, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup to earn Eclipse Award honors as champion 3-year-old male. As a Darley stallion, he is represented by 13 Grade/Group 1 winners, including fellow Travers winners Stay Thirsty and Alpha, along with Cavorting, To Honor and Serve, and Rachel’s Valentina.

Cara Rafaela also produced Grade 1-placed Ile de France, who in turn produced Grade 1 winner Love and Pride. The latter sold for $4.9 million to Borges Torrealba Holdings at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale while carrying her first foal. That Distorted Humor colt, Win With Pride, finished third in his first start last month at Belmont. The mare’s War Front yearling colt sold for $1.3 million to Shadwell at Keeneland September.

Cara Rafaela’s three most recent foals are all by two-time reigning leading sire Tapit, including a pair of winning fillies for Godolphin, Pin Up and Carella. The mare’s juvenile colt, Brookline, has not yet raced but is breezing at Keeneland.

In total, 16 of Quiet American’s daughters have bankrolled more than $1 million via their progeny. His other top producers include Quiet Eclipse, the dam of classic-placed graded stakes winner Astrology, graded stakes winner Lunarpal, and stakes winners Lunargal and Lunarlady; All in With Aces, the dam of Grade 1 winner Hard Aces; Synaesthesia, dam of Australian Group 1 winner Mentality; Loving Pride, dam of Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser Demonstrative; Thorough Fair, whose three graded performers include Grade 1 winner Whywhywhy; Misk, dam of classic-placed Anak Nakal; and Cherry Moon, whose globetrotting son Cherry Mix is a Group 1 winner in Germany and Italy and a Group 2 winner in England.