05/18/2006 11:00PM

Live Oak mare has now produced two millionaires


Millionaire producers are not as rare as they used to be. Multimillion-dollar purses have made the million-dollar earnings plateau increasingly accessible. Producing two millionaires, however, is still an enviable coup.

This was accomplished at Tampa Bay Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, when Live Oak Stud's 8-year-old Revved Up won the $75,000 Chris Thomas Turf Classic and kicked his lifetime earnings to $1,029,096. Revved Up's year-younger half-brother, Miesque's Approval, is a Grade 2 stakes winner and an earner of $1,189,474.

Revved Up is by Sultry Song - also bred by Live Oak - and Miesque's Approval is by Miesque's Son, and both are out of the 14-year-old mare Win Approval.

Win Approval is a gray daughter of Canadian champion With Approval and is out of Negotiator, by Hoist the Flag. Both Win Approval's dam and granddam were members of the Live Oak Plantation broodmare band.

Win Approval did not make serious waves as a racemare. She started 16 times and won twice, earning $57,210. But, the blood was there, and she has certainly proved that her genes are worthy. Win Approval has five horses of racing age and four winners. The maiden is the 3-year-old Siteofawinner, by Distant View, who is in training at Calder Race Course with Marty Wolfson. On the ground is a suckling filly by Running Stag, and the mare is believed in foal to Live Oak's Florida Derby winner High Fly.

It took Revved Up 29 starts to pass the million-dollar mark. Revved Up has won 8 stakes and placed in 6 additional ones. Revved Up is a gelding and has no future other than racing. Miesque's Approval, however, is entire but has an uncertain future. In his last start, he won the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

"Miesque's Approval will race this year out," said Live Oak's farm manager John Rasmussen, "and then we'll see what's what."

Among the goals is the Arlington Million. Rasmussen is concerned that local breeders will hesitate to patronize a stallion with a turf pedigree and a turf record.

"I know the opportunities to race on the turf are getting better all the time," he said, "but will Florida breeders take this into consideration when breeding time comes?"

High Fly has the qualifications

The 4-year-old High Fly, who is standing his first season at stud, is the first Live Oak-bred graded-stakes winner to enter stud at Live Oak's home base since Medieval Man in the early 1980's. High Fly is a son of Atticus out of the Slewpy producer Verbasle. High Fly was the dominant 3-year-old at Gulfstream Park in 2005, winning the Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, and the Aventura Stakes, and placing in the Grade 3 Holly Bull.

"High Fly has not yet gotten the book I thought he would," said Rasmussen, "perhaps because he retired late last year and consequently did not make any of the stallion registers."

The farm bred 15 mares to him this year, according to Rasmussen.

Final juvenile sale on horizon

The final 2-year-olds in training auction of the Florida season takes place on June 20-21. The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has cataloged 460 2-year-olds along with 16 older horses. Individual catalog pages are posted on the OBS website, and the catalogs for this sale will be distributed this week.

The 2-year-olds sell first, and the starting time for each of the two sessions is 10 a.m.

Those 2-year-olds selling on the first day will participate under tack on Saturday, June 17, starting at 8 a.m. The rest go under tack the next day, also starting at 8 a.m.

In the June sale of 2005, the OBS auctioned 304 2-year-olds for an average of $18,677.