Owners turn down multimillion-dollar offer for fairytale filly Yankee Rose

Champagne racing: Jockey Zac Purton rides Yankee Rose to win the Sires’ Produce Stakes. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛The Yankee Rose fairytale is set to continue in Saturday’s Champagne Stakes at Randwick after her owners turned down a multimillion-dollar offer for the group 1-winning filly.

Darby Racing put together the syndicate of mostly first-time owners in the All American filly, which cost $10,000 at the yearling sales, and has been fielding offers since before her second placing in the Golden Slipper. However, after her success in the Sires’ Produce Stakes, a major breeder significantly raised the stakes with an offer believed to be more than $2 million.

“We have had a couple of offers but the last one was the most serious, so we sat everyone down and had a vote,” syndicator Scott Darby said.

“The owners want to keep racing her and they know she is going to be worth $1 million or more when she finishes, so they wanted to keep enjoying this ride.

“I have been in this game for a while and you have to pinch yourself when a filly like her comes along. It is a new experience for all of us, even me, and it is only just beginning and we don’t where it could finish. This is the dream when you buy horse. You never think it is going to happen. It has changed a few of these owners’ lives.”

The ownership group has also voted to keep the filly with trainer David Vandyke, who has masterminded her four-race career for three wins. Yankee Rose has returned more than $1.3 million and another $300,000 will be added if she wins on Saturday.

“They just want everything to stay the same and [for] her to keep winning,” Darby said with regard to Vandyke continuing as her trainer, even when he moves to Queensland.

“She has paid for a lot of things. There has been a deposit on a farm, some house extensions and, my favourite, a Harley Davidson bought because of her and we are looking forward to getting to the races again on Saturday.”

Yankee Rose was only a half-length from creating history when she beat all but Capitalist in the Golden Slipper when first-up from a spell. She followed that by dominating in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick on the first day of The Championships.

She will start as favourite in the Champagne Stakes, where Jason Collett will take over in the saddle from Zac Purton, who is unavailable. Collett rode the filly to her two wins last year but rode  Honesty Prevails in the Golden Slipper.

“It is just good to get back on her when the chance came,” he said. “You always look at her and think what if, so I want to make the most of Saturday. You have seen what she did in the Slipper and winning the Sires and she looks like the mile on Saturday is going to be perfect for her.”

Vandyke has been impressed with the way Yankee Rose has coped with the two-year-old triple crown after he decided to take on the Golden Slipper. The only worry he has had is that she sprang a plate on Saturday but suffered no ill effects from it.

“I thought it was the right thing to do, going into the Slipper first up, but you are always second-guessing yourself,” Vandyke said. “I thought she might be a bit flat in the Sires but she came out with a career-best performance.

“She defies logic this filly, she keeps improving. We had that problem with the shoe but she was quite happy once we got the farrier to her.”

Vandyke has decided to take the blinkers off Yankee Rose for the Champagne, despite her wearing them at her two group 1 runs.

“She just got over-racing a bit in the Sires and I think she will relax better without them and that will help her at the mile,” he said. “They sharpened her up for the Slipper but she won well without them at her first two starts, so I don’t think she needs them.”

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