06/21/2007 11:00PM

Australia next stop for Tacit Agreement


The Live Oak Stud homebred Tacit Agreement, a 6-year-old gelded son of Unbridled, is a rarity in American racing in that the farther they go, they better he performs. In his last three starts Tacit Agreement won the 1 1/4-mile My Old Kentucky Home Stakes, the 1 3/16-mile Maryland My Maryland Stakes, and the 1 1/4-mile Mataji Stakes, all at Calder Race Course, by a combined margin of 31 lengths. These victories, along with previous displays of stamina, including a win at two miles, have earned the Florida-bred a new home.

He's been sold to an Australian syndicate that includes Jon Haseler's Glenlogan Park Stud, Carondelet Farm, and the Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien, according to John Rasmussen, Live Oak's farm manager. Tacit Agreement is going to Australia, and his quest is November's renewal of the two-mile Grade 1 Melbourne Cup.

His preferred tactic, says Rasmussen, is to be on or near the lead and gallop his rivals into the ground.

"Tacit Agreement has a soft mouth," said Rasmussen, who did not disclose the sale price. "So when he wants to go, you have to give him his head."

Rasmussen pointed out that there are so few opportunities for a horse of this caliber to compete in the U.S. that any meaningful offer to buy Tacit Agreement had to be considered.

"And besides," he said, "we still have two half-sisters to him."

The only Florida-bred to win the Melbourne Cup was Belldale Ball, a son of Nashua who took the 1980 running.

Sale meets expectations

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company June sale of 2-year-olds in training, which also had eight horses of racing age, lived up to OBS sales director Tom Ventura's presale estimate for a solid sale on a par, more or less, with the 2006 auction. The two-day auction, held Tuesday and Wednesday, recorded 316 sold for a gross of $6,860,000. In 2006, the OBS sold 255 for $5,567,000. The average price of $21,711 was less than 2 percent below the '06 average. The median of $13,000 dipped from the $14,000 median of last year. The June sale of 2006 posted a 19 percent gain in the average over 2005 and an almost 37 percent gain in the median price compared with 2005.

There were two 2-year-olds sold at this sale that brought bids of $200,000 or more, the same number as in the 2006 auction. Hip No. 511 brought a bid of $260,000. A Distorted Humor colt, he was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock and purchased by Zayat Stables. Hip No. 439, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, brought a bid of $220,000. He is a Grand Slam colt bought by Vision Racing.

The Korean Racing Association, represented by Thomas Clark Bloodstock Ltd., was the leading buyer, purchasing 36 lots for $466,500. Puerto Rican buyers, represented by Hippodromo Camarero, bought 13 head for $96,000.

Summing up the four 2007 OBS sales of 2-year-olds in training, Ventura said: "A solid year. We did not equal last year's record-breaking averages and medians in part because we sold more horses."

Last season for My Typhoon

My Typhoon became a millionaire for Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation when she won the Grade 2 Just a Game Stakes on the Belmont Stakes program. The daughter of Giant's Causeway sold for a tad under $3 million as a weanling. Her pedigree and now her racing record have more than justified her sales price.

This will likely be the final year of competition for the chestnut 5-year-old, and her mating plans have been tentatively set. "Ms. Weber is planning to book My Typhoon to Kingmambo," said Live Oak Stud's Rasmussen.