Vyjack Owner Turns Down $3 Million Offer

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Vyjack owner David Wilkenfeld, who campaigns as Pick Six Racing, said he got several purchase offers for the gelding—one as high as $3 million—after his win in the Gotham Stakes.

Despite the high price, Wilkenfeld said he has no intention of selling even a share in the Kentucky Derby contender.

“I don’t like partners. I really don’t,” he told Daily Racing Form. “The energy is great. It’s my friends and family, Rudy’s family, Gustavo’s family, I don’t like to mess with karma.”

Vyjack worked four furlongs in 51.23 seconds at Aqueduct on Friday morning. The aggression the horse displayed early in his career seems to have faded, according to trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

“Right now, we’re very, very excited what he is doing. He’s learning a lot and he’s putting his mind together,” said Rodriguez.

Read more at Daily Racing Form

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  • MrPeabody

    $3 million for a gelding sounds pretty good. Must consider $3 million pocket change.

  • nu-fan

    I like Mr. Wilkenfeld’s priorities. Some people just keep chasing $$$$$ and some know that all of that money can’t always buy what stays with you: great moments and great memories. I hope that he keeps this horse forever and well.

  • kyle

    Three million? I can imagine a calculation where it makes sense to turn that down but I can’t come up with one where it makes sense to offer that.

  • http://twitter.com/GuyFleegman1 Guy Fleegman

    Look who this guy has as a trainer…a trainer that is serving a 20 day suspension…keep it classy! And 3 million for a gelding? Yeah, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn you can buy.

  • larryburndorf

    I’m calling shenanigans.

  • G. Rarick

    If anybody really offered $3 million for that horse, the owner is out of his mind not to take it.

  • rudy

    If I recall correctly, the offering price after I’ll Have Another won the 2012 Derby and Preakness and was retired shortly before the Belmont due to injury was about $3 million. He had a breeding future and Vyjack is a gelding.

    • nu-fan

      And, if my memory serves me correctly, I’ll Have Another was sold for $10 million. But, for some, money alone is not the reason that they are into this sport. Some may just have a different set of values–they value the horse more than what money can buy.

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