Darley sire Quiet American euthanized at age 30

Quiet American, sire of such champions as dual classic winner Real Quiet and Hidden Lake, was euthanized due to infirmities of old age, Darley’s Jonabell Farm announced on Friday. The son of Fappiano had celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this year on April 29th.

Pensioned from stud duties in 2013 at Darley, Quiet American was out of the winning Dr. Fager mare Demure, and raced in the colors of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Bred in Florida by Tartan Farms Corporation, Quiet American was purchased for $300,000 at the 1987 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale by Darley Stud Management. Lightly raced at ages 2 and 3, he rose to prominence at 4 in 1990 with victories in the Grade I NYRA Mile Handicap and the Grade III San Diego Handicap and retired with four wins from 12 starts and $754,650 in earnings.

Quiet American entered stud at Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Farm near Versailles, Ky., where he stood until 2006. He was moved at the beginning of 2007 when Darley consolidated its stallion operation to Jonabell.

“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,” Godolphin in America COO Dan Pride said in a release. “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.”

As a stallion, Quiet American achieved early success, siring 16 percent stakes winners from foals in his first three crops. His first crop included Hidden Lake, the 1997 champion older female, and his third crop yielded champion Real Quiet, who nearly won the Triple Crown in 1998, beaten by just a nose in the Belmont Stakes.

His other major performers include Grade I winners Switch, Seattle Smooth, and Cara Rafaela, plus English and Irish highweight Warrior Queen. Switch, a multiple Grade I winner, sold for $4.3 million at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale.

Quiet American sired 54 stakes winners with progeny earnings of more than $64 million.

As a broodmare sire, Quiet American is represented by such successful runners as champion and leading sire Bernardini, also standing at Darley, and Horse of the Year Saint Liam.