Yankee Rose colt sells for $4.5 million in Japan


A colt by Japanese sire Lord Kanaloa out of Australian mare Yankee Rose has sold for an astronomical $4.48 million in Japan.


The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Danox Co. Ltd, the owners of star galloper Danon Premium who ran third in last year's G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) behind Addeybb and Verry Elleegant.


Yankee Rose, who cost just $10,000, has now produced two million-dollar foals following the sale of a Deep Impact filly for $2.74 million back in 2019.


The 2016 Cox Plate placegetter is yet to have any of her progeny race.


It has been a meteoric rise for bargain buy Yankee Rose, given her dam Condesaar was beaten a combined margin of 18.2L in just two career starts at Cessnock and Muswellbrook.


Raced by Darby Racing, Yankee Rose was a star juvenile, finishing second in the G1 Golden Slipper (1200m) before recording a dominant 2.5L win in the G1 Sires' Produce (1400m).


She went on to claim the G1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on her way to a third-placing behind Winx and Hartnell in the G1 Cox Plate (2040m).


Yankee Rose's racing career was cut short by injury, retiring to the breeding barn after 10 starts, with just over $2 million in earnings.


Interestingly the sale of the Yankee Rose/Lord Kanaloa colt comes just days after another Darby Racing success story, She Will Reign, made her presence felt in the JRHA sales ring.


A colt by Heart's Cry out of Golden Slipper champion She Will Reign sold for roughly $2 million on Monday.