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Champion thoroughbred Real Quiet dies; nosed out of Triple Crown

Real Quiet, a stunning bay thoroughbred who was nosed out of a Triple Crown in 1998, died Sept. 25 in his paddock in Harrisburg, Pa. He was 15.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by Bob Baffert, Real Quiet was in the money 17 of his 20 lifetime starts and earned more than $3 million in purses.

During the 1998 Triple Crown series, Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes by beating out Victory Gallop.

In the Belmont Stakes, Real Quiet stalked the pace and came from the outside around the final turn to take the lead by four lengths.

As Real Quiet galloped unchallenged toward the wire, Victory Gallop made a final move with less than a furlong to go.

Under pressure from jockey Gary Stevens, Victory Gallop came head-to-head with Real Quiet at the wire for a photo finish.

The result: Victory Gallop by a nose.

Real Quiet, who was the son of Quiet American out of Really Blue, had a successful career at stud, siring 15 stakes winners, with total crop earnings beyond $18 million.

Check out that video clip to see the exciting Belmont finish and leave your thoughts below if you remember seeing Real Quiet in action.

By T. Rees Shapiro  | September 28, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Bellmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby, Real Quiet, Triple Crown, Victory Gallop  
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What a great horse he was and I loved watching the video replay. Keep up the fabulous reports

Posted by: moonoverva | September 29, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

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