American Empress sold

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Classy pacing mare American Empress was a late scratching from her engagement at Alexandra Park on Friday evening after being sold.

The daughter of American Empress earned over $127,000 and set a New Zealand record over 2200 metres for Pukekohe trainer Jeremy Young.

She will do her future racing in North America from the stable of Aaron Lambert, a former Australian now based in New Jersey.

Lambert recently purchased another Young-trained mare, Lynbar Rose, a winner at Yonkers just last week.

Young said he will be sad to see the horse go out the gate, but hopes it’s not the end for his association with her.

“Absolutely, I’ll be sad when she leaves.

“It’s a head versus heart thing; I want to keep her but we got a good offer that we couldn’t really turn down.

“As part of the deal, we asked that we could have the option to get her back as a broodmare when she finishes racing and they agreed to that.

“I’d really like to get her back as a broodmare one day.

“She’s been my flagship horse for the past three years and I’m proud of what she’s achieved since I picked her out as a weanling.”

Young is appreciative to the owners who back him to buy both mares at the same sale, and is glad to have reward them with good racing careers and sales.

“They’re a great bunch of owners and hopefully they will now look to reinvest at the yearling sales next month.”

The sentimental side of Young also showed through when he spoke of what was to come for American Empress as she faced a trip to the other side of the world.

“It’s kind of nice to know she’ll be re-united with Lynbar Rose; they were best mates down here and I’m sure they’ll be calling out to each other up there.”

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