11/25/2003 1:00AM

Sale of Yankee Gentleman imminent

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The sprinter Yankee Gentleman left Hollywood Park early Tuesday morning for Kentucky, where he will begin stud duty next spring. He is expected to go to Wafare Farm, whose owner, Nathan Fox, on Tuesday confirmed he has been negotiating with Marty Wygod, the owner of Yankee Gentleman.

"My lawyer and his lawyer are just finishing up the wording," Fox said from his farm in Midway, Ky.

John Shirreffs, who trained Yankee Gentleman this year, said Yankee Gentleman was going to be temporarily staying in Kentucky at Diamond A Farm, where Wygod keeps some of his mares, "until they get done with negotiations."