Mark H. Stanley's QUIET TEMPER (Quiet American) returned to her winning ways on Friday when rallying for the victory in the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) under jockey Robby Albarado. The Dale Romans-trained bay was sent off the near 3-1 favorite against her 10 rivals in this 1 1/16-mile test and stopped the clock in 1:44 2/5 on the fast track.
Champagne d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) and Visavis (Indian Charlie) sprinted to the lead heading into the first turn, but Visavis quickly backed out of a duel, allowing Champagne d'Oro to set early splits in :23 3/5, :47 3/5 and 1:12 1/5. By this point, Quick Temper had moved up into third while running on the inside. She angled out for the stretch run as Visavis faded and proceeded to challenge Champagne d'Oro.
However, the long-time leader was not yet ready to yield and battled back on the inside through a mile in 1:37 4/5. The pair continued to duel down the lane, with Quiet Temper just getting up by a half-length on the line to take the win. Only a neck separated Champagne d'Oro from Sheer Beauty (Mizzen Mast) and Seeking the Title (Seeking the Gold), who dead-heated for third.
Quiet Temper paid $7.80, $4.80 and $3.40 to her backers while keying the $115.20 exacta. Champagne d'Oro was worth $11.20 and $10.60 at 12-1, while show gave back $7.80 for the 56-1 Sheer Beauty and $2.80 for the 9-2 Seeking the Title. The trifecta payout with Sheer Beauty returned $1,376.40 and the one ended by Seeking the Title paid $384.80. The superfectas totaled $10,739.80 (1-10-2-3) and $5,601.20 (1-10-3-2).
Mambo Fever (Stormin Fever) followed the dead-heating pair by three parts of a length, with Ailalea (Pulpit), Jody Slew (Slew City Slew), Camille's Appeal (Valid Expectations), Shezacrazygirl (Ide), Visavis and The Rumor's True (Kafwain) rounding out the order of finish.
Quiet Temper spent her first three starts in New York, running second in a trio of maiden special weights at Saratoga and Belmont Park. It wasn't until she traveled to Delta Downs in Louisiana that the filly earned her initial first score, and she did so in style when taking the Delta Princess S. (G3) by 7 3/4 lengths. That rounded out her juvenile campaign, and Quiet Temper reappeared in the new year at Fair Grounds to add an allowance/optional claimer to her line. She was no match for Jody Slew in the Tiffany Lass S. next out, then just missed by a nose to that same rival when trying to wire the Silverbulletday S. (G3) prior to this one. The $180,000 winner's share here boosted her earnings to $567,300 and her record now stands at 8-3-4-0.
Bred in Kentucky by James Jones, Quiet Temper was purchased by Stanley for $90,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the unraced Dead Aim (Silver Deputy) and has a pair of unnamed half-sisters, a juvenile and yearling, both by Whywhywhy.
Quiet Temper comes from a stellar female line. Her third dam is multiple Grade 2 winner Blitey (Riva Ridge), herself the dam of Grade 1 scorers Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector), Furlough (Easy Goer) and Dancing Spree (Nijinsky II), the latter of whom captured the 1989 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1). Fantastic Find would go on to produce dual Grade 1 heroine Finder's Fee (Storm Cat), while Furlough is the dam of Grade 3 victor Happy Hunting (Seeking the Gold).
Another of Blitey's offspring, the unraced Oh What a Dance (Nijinsky II), is herself the dam of champion and eight-time Grade 1 queen Heavenly Prize, Grade 1 victress Oh What a Windfall and Grade 1 runner-up Dancinginmydreams, all by Seeking the Gold. Upon their retirements, Heavenly Prize would produce multiple Grade 1 winner Good Reward (Storm Cat) and Grade 2 scorer Pure Prize (Storm Cat); Oh What a Windfall is the dam of last year's Lexington S. (G2) runner-up Conservative (Unbridled's Song); and Dancinginmydreams is responsible for 2008 Manhattan H. (G1) winner and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) third Dancing Forever (Rahy).