A real rarity occurred in Australia a top thoroughbred was sold for $22 million to a breeding operation and hes going to be kept racing.

Coolmore lost the bidding to Darley for a half interest in Haradasun, a two-time graded stakes winner at the prestigious Autumn Festival in Sydney, but co-owner Frank Tagg decided that his group would rather keep the three-year-old bay son of Fusaichi Pegasus racing than have the $8 million extra that Sheikh Mohammed offered. Darleys plans were to retire Haradasun immediately.

Tagg and Coolmore are planning to race Haradasun in the Group I Cox Plate at Moonee Valley this October and perhaps once more Down Under this fall. They then want to travel the horse to Dubai for the World Cup or the Duty Free, to England for Royal Ascot, to France for the Prix de lArc de Triomphe, and, finally, to Santa Anita for the Breeders Cup.

If Haradasun even makes it to two or three of these races, hell be a true world-class superstar. But, as for now, for simply being sportsmen, Tagg and his partners are.