“On the set of the film The Mirror, Andrey Tarkovsky included himself in one scene, lying in a hospital bed and holding a tiny bird on his right hand. And this is what happened to him at the end of his life: in his sickroom in Paris, the room where he died, a little bird would fly every morning through the open window and come to light on him.”

Happy Birthday Andrey Tarkovsky: April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986

(Images from the book ‘Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids’)

Quiet American 1986-2016

Quiet American wins the 1990 Gr.I NYRA Mile Handicap, Photo (X)

Quiet American

April 29, 1986-October 14, 2016

Quiet American, the sire of Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet, has been euthanized at age 30. He was living at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where he had been pensioned since 2013. 

Quiet American was bred in Florida by Tartan Farms. He was by champion sire Fappiano, and out of the Dr. Fager mare Demure. He was owned by Sheikh Mohammed. 

Quiet American was lightly raced as a juvenile and sophomore, winning two Allowances in his latter season. He hit the board in several Gr.I’s and II’s, but his biggest performances came in the San Diego Handicap (then a Gr.III, his first graded win) and the Gr. I NYRA Mile Handicap, which he won. Quiet American retired with a race record of 12: 4-3-1, with earnings of $754,650. 

He entered stud at Darley in 1992, siring multiple stakes winners. HE sired over 50 stakes winners, who’s earnings total over $57 million. His top progeny include 1998 Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet, Eclipse Champion Mare Hidden Lake, Gr.I winner and producer Cara Rafaela, Gr.I winners Switch and Seattle Smooth, English and Irish high-weight Warrior Queen, and millionaire Star Guitar. Quiet American also met success as a broodmare sire, his daughter Cara Rafaela being the dam of Eclipse Champion and sire Bernardini and his daughter Quiet Dance being the dam of Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

 As a broodmare sire, his runners have earned more than $95 million. Quiet American’s stud fee reached as high as $35,000

  • “To achieve what he did as a racehorse and as a stallion, and then be able to live a long and happy life, is really what one hopes for any horse,” said Godolphin America’s chief operating officer Dan Pride. “His legacy will certainly live on through his sons and daughters. He was such a favorite of ours as well as fans in general. We’re all going to miss him."