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Yankee Rose to be sold, likely retired
13 Sep 2017 | By Andrew Eddy - racing.com 

Dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose is to be sold and is unlikely to race again after a new setback for the injury-plagued mare.

The four-year-old's trainer David Vandyke explained that after the she was found to be lame on Wednesday morning, the owners met and it was decided that, given her long list of ailments since her juvenile days, her future lay in the breeding barn rather than the racetrack.

"I wasn't happy with her this morning and as such I didn't accept (in the Makybe Diva Stakes)," he said.

"The owners have had a meeting and they voted to sell her so I'll just keep her in work until as such time as they find a buyer."

Yankee Rose, a G1 winner of the ATC Sires' Produce Stakes at two and of the Spring Champion Stakes at three, has run just 10 times for four wins and more than $2 million in stakes.

"She's always had issues," Vandyke said.

"I think we've done well to get what we've got out of her. It's disappointing that we've reached this point but at the same time she's been a wonderful mare and it's been fantastic to train her up to this point."

Vandyke said he believed Yankee Rose's racing days were over and that her future owners were likely to concentrate on breeding rather than resurrecting her racing career.

"I think that would be the wise move considering her value and her situation," he said.

"We've had trouble with her near-fore heel and this morning I found her lame in her off-fore heel. So if it's not one leg it's the other.

"It's been a great journey and I feel so important to have trained her."

Yankee Rose (All American - Condesaar by Xaar), picture Sportpix.com.au