REAL QUIET Dateline: 2/18/00
Real Quiet, who won the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness but missed the Triple Crown by a nose, arrived at Vinery in Midway, Kentucky, to start his career at stud. The 5-year-old by Quiet American out of the Believe It mare Really Blue will stand for a fee of $25,000.
His owner Mike Pegram said: "Real Quiet provided my greatest thrills in this sport, and I can't wait to race his babies." While his trainer Bob Baffert remarked: "Real Quiet is retiring racing sound, but ... the decision to retire him became a matter of economics. The breed lacks the classic-type horse, and Real Quiet is exactly what a classic horse is supposed to look like."
"The Fish", as he was nicknamed, is expected to take up his stud duties within a week or two.
Photos of Real Quiet at Vinery courtesy of Tina Hines.
If you would like to relive some highlights of his career, here are my photo pages for the 1998 Triple Crown races: