Happy Retirement, Quiet American!

November 5, 2012: Quiet American posing for the camera at age 26.

Darley pensioned their stallion Quiet American from stud duty last week. He’s still in fantastic physical condition at 27, but at his age it’s probably safest to retire him to a life of green grass and a snug, deeply bedded stall. He’s in good company, as he shares the end of a barn with fellow pensioned stallions Holy Bull and Cherokee Run. I bet they’ve got plenty of stories to tell each other about the good ol’ days!

The Blood-Horse has a great article summarizing all of Quiet American’s achievements, including siring Real Quiet–the closest thing we’ve had to a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in ’78. His sons and daughters have gone on to win over $57 million on the track, and he shows up in pedigrees as the broodmare sire of such champions as Bernardini and Saint Liam. He’s also the sire of one of my favorites, Star Guitar, who ended his career with 24 wins out of 30 starts and remains the leading Louisiana-bred money earner of all time.

Quiet American might have a slight sway in his back now, but he was on his toes the day I went to see him. His groom lovingly calls him the “sexy senior citizen”, and he still knows how to put on a show and pose for the cameras. It’s also ironic that he should be named quiet anything, since he’s always been known for being very vocal. He’s quite the character!

Happy retirement, old boy. Darley’s Jonabell Farm is one of the most lovely places I can imagine to live out your life in style!

November 5, 2012: Quiet American looking fantastic at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, KY.

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