Tony Leonard

Real Quiet to Penn Ridge in PA

Pennsylvania sire Real Quiet will relocate to Penn Ridge Farm

Real Quiet, who is the midst of his best year yet as a stallion, will relocate to Penn Ridge Farm, a new operation near Middletown, Pa. A 12-year-old champion and dual classic winner, Real Quiet stood at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa. His 2008 fee, $10,000, is double his 2007 fee. Special consideration will be given to Pennsylvania foaling mares.

Real Quiet is the first stallion for Penn Ridge, owned by Mike Jester and Joe Besecker, both of whom are syndicate members in the son of Quiet American. Jester, who is the syndicate manager, is supervising the construction of a four-stall stallion barn and a broodmare barn on the 115-acre property. Jester bought four mares at the recent Keeneland November breeding stock sale to breed to Real Quiet.

This year, Real Quiet is represented by a pair of grade I winners as well as the earners of $4.2 million. Midnight Lute, one of the favorites for champion sprinter, captured the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and Forego Stakes (gr. I). He ran second in the Nov. 24 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I). Pussycat Doll, a grade I winner the past two years, won the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I).

Real Quiet also is the sire of additional 2007 graded stakes winner Silent Pleasure and earlier grade I winner Wonder Lady Anne L. His career progeny earnings are $12.3 million.

Real Quiet, who is out of the Believe It mare Really Blue, was voted champion 3-year-old male of 1998 after winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He was beaten a nose in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).