Getting up in the final strides to take a maiden race at Aqueduct on Saturday, Quiet Miracle gave New York sire Miracle Man his first progeny winner. Bred by Lois Engel, owner of Pucker Ridge Farm in Warrensburg where Miracle Man stands for a partnership, Quiet Miracle’s 12-1 victory also provided another first – the first trip to the winner’s circle as a trainer for Pedro Granville, who also owns the colt.
Settling in under jockey Julissa Laredo behind a sharp speed duel between Broadway Hat and King Keene in the early stages of the six-furlong dash, Quiet Miracle began his bid in earnest four-wide at the quarter pole, with five lengths to make up. Advancing into third, in the final sixteenth the bay overhauled King Keene and out-finished fellow closer Sunrise Lover to take the race by a length in 1:12.61.
Breeder Lois Engel said, “I had a feeling from early on that Quiet Miracle would run. He just had the attitude and presence to him.” Engel added, “I am thrilled that he provided his trainer, Pedro Granville his first win as a trainer. This win made quite a few people’s day!”
Granville, whose six starters yielded only one on-the-board finisher from 34 starts in 2012, has been knocking at the door in 2013. Before Saturday’s breakthrough win, four starters had given him nine in-the-money placings in 25 starts. Quiet Miracle (6-1-0-1, $17,492) was purchased privately by Granville last summer.
Quiet Miracle’s dam Quiet Enough (Quiet American), who was a private purchase for Engel, has produced another winner from her only other foal to start, Ready Enough (More than Ready), a multiple winner of $143,902.
Quiet Miracle is one of only three starters to date for Miracle Man (Yankee Victor/Broadway Boogie). Bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones, he is a half-brother to multiple juvenile black type winner Princess Willow (Silver Deputy) and outcross through five generations. Winner of his first three career starts by open lengths, Miracle Man is multiple stakes-placed on turf and dirt and set a turf course at Monmouth Park for 1 1/16 miles in 2006 (1:41.03). He stands at Pucker Ridge for a 2013 stud fee of $2000.