Quiet All American Wins OBS Championship!
Paul Simon might have sung about Quiet All American "Quiet Al" when he sang, "You can call me Al" but Quiet All American prefers a new hit tune called "You can call me stakes winner." That's exactly what Quiet All American is after a game score in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes on Monday at the Ocala Training Center.
Quiet All American broke well and settled into a relaxed stride in second behind the free-wheeling pacesetter. He gradually closed the gap down the backstretch drawing into contention heading into the turn. He then got first run on the inside but was then quickly passed by the eventual runner-up at the top of the stretch. Quiet All American looked like he might be destined to finish second, but he never stopped trying. The leader began to shorten stride in the last sixteenth of a mile, and Victor Lebron swung Quiet All American outside, and he rallied again while being challenged from the outside. He kept closing and outfinished his two rivals to win by a head.
Trainer Dale Romans said, "This colt is the coolest customer you will ever find. He doesn't turn a hair no matter what you throw at him. I told to let the horse break and then fall asleep. I didn't want him to rush him at all. I was not worried if someone tried to run away with the race early. It's so gratifying to see this colt showing this kind of improvement. He looks a lot more like the colt we thought he was as a two-year-old. He has come around 180 degrees in the last three races. Three-year-olds will do that on you. I am not going to say we're ready to put the garland of roses over him, but he has the heart of a warrior and he might just be figuring it out. We'll have to test him and see."
Joceky Victor Lebron said, "My horse broke fine. I gave him a loose rein down the backstretch. I was not worried about the speed horse. My colt was nice and relaxed. He got a little keen when the horse came up outside him on the backstretch, but I took a nice hold of him and he came back to me. I thought we might be beat at the eighth-pole, but I kept riding and he kept gaining slowly. Then, when he got eyeball to eyeball with the leader, he just exploded. He was very game."
This gutsy grey son of Forest Camp deserves a shot on the big stage after his victory. We are now targeting either the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes(G2) on March 27th at Turfway Park or the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes(G1) on April 10th at Keeneland.