It was reveled today that the undefeated two-year-old pacer Yankee Bounty was sold to Burke Racing and Weaver-Bruscemi.
He will now race out of the Ron Burke Stable. Mark Weaver explained how it all came about.
"We had been aware that the horse has been for sale the last month and a half since his first qualifier," Mark Weaver said. "He raced well his first few starts but we really did not think we had to have him. Then this past week, when we saw him race live at the Meadows, he was super. He was so much better than any other two-year-old we had seen and then we began to pursue purchasing him."
Mark Weaver did admit they paid between $250,000 and $500,000 for Yankee Bounty.
Yankee Bounty, a gelded son of Yaness Cruiser from the Allamerican Native mare, Bootleg Yankee, is undefeated in four starts this year for earnings of $82,414. His most recent victory was a convincing 1:51:3 romp by seven lengths from the eight post in the Arden Downs on Adios Day at the Meadows.
"We have Sweet Lou," Mark Weaver explained, "and I personally love Yankee Cruisers. He never got the best mares. In my mind the best pacer in racing is Sweet Lou. Then you also have Dancin Yankee who is by Yankee Cruiser and currently the best two-year-old is Yankee Bounty and he is sired by Yankee Cruiser. I really like him and was happy that we got him. I am interested in any Yankee Cruisers, I like him that much."
Mark Weaver explained that most of their owners all wanted in on this purchase.
"Since the horse has been on the market so long," Weaver said, "A lot of our owners called and asked about Yankee Bounty, so you won't be able to see all the names of who has part of him on the race program. Usualy we just do quarters on a horse but we made an exception for Yankee Bounty."
The owners list reads like a "Who's Who" of Team Burke. Owners include Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Howard Taylor, Stable 45, Jerry Silva, Larry Carr, Phil Collura, Jim Koran and even Frank Chick stayed in on the horse with a sentimental piece.
Yankee Bounty had been trained by Kevin Lare and owned by Frank Chick. Kevin is no stranger to great horses having trained the top trotter Snow White and such standout pacers as Southwind Tempo and Fred And Ginger. Frank Chick had originally purchased Yankee Bounty for $21,000. Frank is on record as saying that every horse he has is up for sale.
"You got to do what you got to do," said Lare. "This is a business. If Frank is happy, I am happy. It was a great ride while it lasted. I am sure that ride will continue for the new owners. You have not seen the end of Yankee Bounty. In my opinion he is the best two-year-old in the country until someone beats him."
"I sold Yankee Bounty to Ron Burke's Group," said Chick. "He is a very nice colt and I wish them all the luck in the world. He should go on and be everything they want him to be. He is the number one colt in the country. I still have fifteen other horses with Kevin and I am sure there will be many more."
The future is burning very bright for Yankee Bounty. His four dominating wins so far this year has stamped him as the best around. With Ron Burke and company on board as the new owners and trainer, there will be many more impressive wins coming in the near future.
by Brian McEvoy and Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com