Passing almost unnoticed in early October was the death of Quiet American, one of the most intriguingly successful, yet somewhat overlooked, members of a tribe whose physical attributes have revolutionized racing and breeding in North America.
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Delve into the history of failed Triple Crown bids, explore the challenge of winning the final leg, and relive stories of spoilers who have halted each quest for history. Read Feature
Since Affirmed swept the Triple Crown in 1978, there have been a total of 13 horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Of those, 12 failed in the Belmont Stakes and one was scratched the day. read blog
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
If anyone knows how tough it is to sweep the Triple Crown, it's Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer came within a heartbeat of winning it twice, with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Real Quiet, the horse denied the Triple Crown by the smallest of margins, again came up just short in a fantasy Belmont Stakes race won by Empire Maker.
Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Dual stakes winner Norman Asbjornson has been retired from racing to stand at Dr. William O. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane near New Freedom, Pa.
The pedigree of Midnight Hawk, on the surface a mating between two sprinters, actually shows a nice balance between speed and stamina elements.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms said Nov. 4 Midnight Lute will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $25,000 live foal, stands and nurses.
by Anne Peters
On Feb. 7, Darley announced the retirement of Quiet American, its 27-year-old son of Fappiano. Ten days later Quiet American's great-grandson Shakin It Up put himself on the classic trail.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named its champions and leaders for 2012.
Quiet American, whose champion son Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.
Singlet showed her heels to Kid Kate in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 1, posting her third win in four starts at the New York oval.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Nov. 11 saw new stakes winners from a trio of freshman sires, two of whom were represented by their first black-type winners.
Though trainers David Hofmans and Elliott Walden ended historic bids, they'll be rooting for I'll Have Another to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Anything But Quiet, a multiple Louisiana stakes winner, has been retired from racing and is booked to First Samurai.
The Triple Crown drought lives on; which horses should have made history? read blog
Expectations always were great for the handsome colt with the fancy pedigree.
With trainer Chris Grove looking on, Norman Asbjornson turned in his final workout for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Friday, May 13 at Pimlico Race Course; Mr. Commons drills seven furlongs at Hollywood Park.
Remembering the people and horses that left us in 2010. View Slideshow
Sure enough, Real Quiet's early performance was underwhelming; he did not break his maiden until his seventh race as a 2-year-old. Read Blog
Real Quiet, who was nosed out of becoming racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, died Sept. 27 in a paddock accident at Michael Jester's Penn Ridge Farm near Harrisburg, Pa.
Newest Hall of Fame inductee, trainer Bob Baffert has dominated on horse racing's biggest stages since 1997.
Real Quiet, the 1998 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old male, will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Cuatro Piedras in Uruguay.
Midnight Lute, the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) twice, has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington in 2009.
Gary and Cecil Barber arrived at Clocker's Corner Oct. 19 in time to see the sunrise. However, they were paying more attention to Cost of Freedom, their $50,000 claim who has soared into contention for the Oct. 25 Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Sprint champion Midnight Lute appears to be ready for his next start after working faster than the track record for seven furlongs on Del Mar's Polytrack racing surface Aug. 7.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux reached a historic milestone at Saratoga Race Course July 27 when he guided Gumpster Stables' Bella Attrice to win the seventh race and notch his 5,000th career victory.
Fifth Third Bank is asking a federal bankruptcy court for assistance in taking possession of certain assets held by ClassicStar LLC, including stallion shares and income from other sires.
The loss of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by Smarty Jones still plays in Stewart Elliott's mind, especially around this time of year. He thinks of the pressure going into that race, remembering the media frenzy and build-up of public recognition.
Four years after Birdstone upset Smarty Jones' Triple Crown bid, trainer Nick Zito would love to play spoiler again, as he will send out Four Roses Thoroughbreds' Anal Nakal in the Belmont in hopes of rejecting Big Brown's bid for racing immortality.
HorseRacing TV's "Inside Information" show is a biweekly look at the horses, people and places in the Thoroughbred world. This episode features the 10-year anniversary of 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet; a behind-the-scenes look at the buying and selling of horses at Barrett's; and the relationship between Tokyo City's Keiba Racecourse and Santa Anita Park.
Inside Information features Real Quiet, Barrett's Sale and Tokyo Racecourse.
- By Esther Marr
Nominated as one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's moments of the year, Midnight Lute's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) feat cemented him as the obvious choice for an Eclipse Award as champion of his division.
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.
- By Ron Mitchell
Now as a sire, Classic winner Real Quiet is responsible for one of America's top sprinters, as evidenced by Midnight Lute's scintillating victory in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
With a strong last-to-first move in the slop at Monmouth Park, Midnight Lute stormed to a 4 3/4-length victory over the front-running Idiot Proof in the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Pussycat Doll, a five-time stakes winner and three-time grade I winner, will be offered at the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, Hill 'n' Dale consignment announced Oct. 3.
Southern California trainer Bob Baffert continues to see dividends from his decision to take a string from his Southern California stable to Saratoga. In the $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I), his Midnight Lute made the lead on the turn of the seven-furlong test and rolled to his first grade I win by more than two lengths under substitute rider Shaun Bridgmohan.
S & S Stables' Silent Pleasure, coming off a narrow victory in the April 28 Texas Mile (gr. III), stretches out to 1 1/8 miles and looks to extend his four-race winning streak when he heads up a field of 10 as the 121-pound highweight in Saturday's running of the Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Prairie Meadows.
Front-running Silent Pleasure took grade I winner Bob and John's best shot in the stretch run of Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III), then responded to left-handed urging from jockey Tracy Hebert to record his fourth consecutive stakes victory while making his first start at Lone Star Park.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and champion Real Quiet, who was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for abscesses in both hind feet, was returned March 22 to Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Real Quiet, who was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for abscesses in both hind feet, completed a successful test breeding March 19 at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
Trainer Bob Baffert has two offspring of Real Quiet on target for stakes engagements in Kentucky. Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) winner Pussycat Doll will likely defend her title in the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 5, while Perryville Stakes (gr. III) winner Midnight Lute is pointing for the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland April 14.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Real Quiet is recuperating at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center following treatment for abscesses in both hind feet.
Champion Real Quiet, who was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Feb. 19 after showing signs of discomfort after mounting his mares, is undergoing treatment on his back feet.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Real Quiet was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Feb. 19 after showing signs of discomfort.
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