NEW YORK, NOV. 3 -- Quiet American ran the fourth-fastest mile ever in New York today and won the $638,000 NYRA Mile by 4 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct.
Quiet American went the distance in 1:32 4/5, carrying 116 pounds.
The 4-year-old colt, a grandson of Dr. Fager (holder of the world mile mark of 1:32 1/5), took the lead at the start, was eased back, then came on again to retake the lead entering the stretch. Through the stretch, Quiet American, ridden by Chris McCarron, widened his advantage to 4 3/4 lengths.
Dancing Spree, ridden by Craig Perret, was second, a head in front of Sewickley, the topweight at 124 pounds, in the 12-horse field.
Quiet American was entered for the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic last Saturday at Belmont but was bumped from the field by the Breeders' Cup selection committee.
Quiet American's victory was his second in six starts this year. The winner earned $382,200 and returned $5.40.
In a furious finish, Fire The Groom extended the recent dominance of European turf horses in New York when she won the co-featured $159,700 Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders' Cup Stakes for fillies and mares. Sally Rous was second, Christiecat third.