06/06/2007 11:00PM

Audible puts Tacit Agreement on turf

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MIAMI - After Tacit Agreement dominated the opening two legs of the series formerly known as Calder's Senior Triple, the My Old Kentucky Home and Maryland My Maryland stakes, it seemed only logical trainer Marty Wolfson would wheel his long-distance specialist back in Saturday's 1 1/2-mile New York New York Stakes.

There was only one problem. When Wolfson went to enter his horse in the $50,000 overnight stakes he discovered Tacit Agreement was ineligible for the event.

"The race is written now with conditions that basically make it a two-other-than allowance race, and as a result my horse is not eligible for the race," a disappointed Wolfson explained.

As a result, Wolfson went to Plan B and instead entered Tacit Agreement in a second overnight stakes on Saturday's 13-race program at Calder, the $50,000 Mataji carded at 1o3/8 miles on the turf.

The My Old Kentucky Home, Maryland My Maryland, and New York New York stakes mirror the real Triple Crown for 3-year-olds in distance, and when first conceived in 2005 carried a bonus for any horse who swept all three legs. But when the bonus was eliminated last year, so too was the concept of the Senior Triple.

Tacit Agreement won the 1 1/4-mile My Old Kentucky Home by 10o1/2 lengths and the 1 3/16-mile Maryland My Maryland by 15 lengths. The distance of the Mataji will obviously be of little concern to Wolfson, considering Tacit Agreement's prowess at 1 1/4 miles and beyond, although racing on turf instead of dirt has him somewhat concerned.

"He's definitely a better horse on the main track than grass, although he did finish second in this same race a year ago," said Wolfson.

Tacit Agreement was beaten a neck by Big Luck in the 2006 Mataji.

Win or lose, the Mataji will be Tacit Agreement's final race in this country. Wolfson said the 6-year-old gelding has been sold privately by his owner, Charlotte Weber, to Australian interests and that he's scheduled to leave here on Monday.

Tacit Agreement still figures to go off the solid favorite in the Mataji, where his stiffest competition figures to come from Foreign Ruckus, the red-hot Teofilo, and Bride's Best Boy.

Without Tacit Agreement, the New York New York has become an extremely wide-open race. Wolfson will still be represented in the overnight stakes by Kristali. An improving son of Kris S., Kristali returns on just six days' rest after dominating $12,500 starter allowance opposition going 1 1/16 miles here last Sunday.

Kristali, like his six prospective rivals in the New York New York, is unproven at the distance. Rikman, who finished a tiring fourth, more than a dozen lengths behind Tacit Agreement in the My Old Kentucky Home, is among the other leading contenders, along with Psychic Star and Mean Kisser.