Gainsborough Stallions Moving to Darley at Jonabell

With the death of Sheikh Maktoum in January, the operation of his Gainsborough Stud near Lexington is now falling under the umbrella of Darley, the racing and breeding entity of his brother, Sheikh Mohammed.

As such, the two active stallions at Gainsborough, Elusive Quality and Quiet American, will move to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley at Jonabell for the 2007 breeding season, Jimmy Bell, president of Darley USA, confirmed June 5.

Elusive Quality and Quiet American will bring the number of stallions standing at Darley at Jonabell, located near Lexington, to 11. Gainsborough, located near Versailles, Ky., will keep its name but become part of Darley, which also owns Raceland Farm near Paris, Ky.

"With the passing of Sheikh Maktoum, Gainsborough is now the responsibility of Sheikh Mohammed and we will be as one in the future," Bell said.

Elusive Quality (Gone West--Touch of Greatness, by Hero's Honor) is one of the elite stallions in Kentucky by stud fee, commanding $100,000 this year. He is the sire of 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones  and 23 other stakes winners. The 13-year-old stallion, with five crops of racing age, also shuttles to Darley Australia.

Quiet American (Fappiano--Demure, by Dr. Fager) is the sire of 38 stakes winners and is standing this year for $20,000. He has sired three champions (Real Quiet, Hidden Lake, and Warrior Queen) and has been in the news just recently as the broodmare sire of Bernardini, winner of this year's Preakness. Bernardini, by A.P. Indy, was bred by Darley from the Quiet American mare Cara Rafaela.