In its first venture into the Australian Two-Year-Old in Training market, Kirkwood sold hip 222, the Medaglia d’Oro colt for $100,000 to Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing. To have Gai Waterhouse involved with a purchase right off the starting blocks is a great beginning. Hip 18, the Helmet Filly sold to Philip Cole for $18,000.  The Animal Kingdom colt, hip 189 did not meet his reserve and remains available for purchase.

BRAVO TANGO 2nd in listed stakes race in Australia

3 year old colt, BRAVO TANGO (Congrats) won his first 2 starts and is now stakes placed in the Antler Luggage Stakes at Flemington, Australia. He is owned by Mcgrath Racing (Mgr: M O Mcgrath), M J Caporale, R J Harman, D B Fewster, Mrs J M Fewster, Dr T S Whitehead, M Eight Fast Track Racing (Mgr: M Valkovic), Get Me A Permit (Mgr: A J Gray), L D B Racing (Mgr: S Lynch)& St Pats Punting (Mgr: A J Gray).

This is very timely as Kip Elser is in Australia for the Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale 10 – 11 October 2017.  He has consigned 3 hips at the Magic Millions 2017 Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale

Kirkwood Stables,  C Medaglia d’Oro (USA) Rose of Kentucky (AUS) Yes
Kirkwood Stables,  C Animal Kingdom (USA) Never Fade (GB) Yes
Kirkwood Stables, F Helmet (AUS) Angel in Grey (AUS) Yes

Kirkwood had a productive Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale

Kip found  3 lovely fillies, a Maclean’s Music filly for Dan Ryan and another Maclean’s Music for Country Life Farm. The third filly was also purchased for Country Life and is by Street Sense. The two Country Life fillies will be prepared at Kirkwood and sold in 2018 as two year olds in training.

GRAY DUDE wins Starter Stakes at Gulfstream

3 year old gelding GRAY DUDE (First Dude) running in the Starter Stakes Jack Flats Stakes had to overcome a bump at the start and a traffic jam but he got the job done wining by a neck. He raced a mile on the turf. It was his second win in a row. GRAY DUDE  is owned by Joe Sterrenberg and trained by Armando De la Cerda. He is approaching $100,000 in earnings.

I’M BETTY G stakes placed in the COMMONWEALTH OAKS G3

 I’M BETTY G broke her maiden at Indiana Grand.   Moving straight from that win into stakes company in the Pearl Necklace at Laurel, the Maryland bred filly  scored again. She followed up that stakes win with a stakes placing in the Indiana Grand Stakes.  Today she racked up a graded stakes placing running an excellent 3rd in the COMMONWEALTH OAKS PRESENTED BY THE VIRGINIA EQUINE ALLIANCE AND THE VIRGINIA HBPA-G3, going 1 1/8 on the turf at Laurel. I’M BETTY G was a $150,000 sales graduate for Kirkwood sold to current owner Three Diamonds Farm. She is trained by Michael J. Maker and has earned over $113,000.


Courtesy of the Blood Horse
COAL FRONT was a $575,000 OBS Sales grad for Kirkwood

Coal Front and John Velazquez win the Gallant Bob Sept. 23 at Parx Racing
Coal Front and John Velazquez win the Gallant Bob Sept. 23 at Parx Racing
Chad B. Harmon

The connections and fans of Coal Front experienced the sport’s highs and lows this weekend.

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front scored a front-end victory in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) Sept. 23 at Parx Racing, an effort that saw the 3-year-old sprinter earn the week’s top Equibase Speed Figure of 118.

But after the race trainer Todd Pletcher announced that the Stay Thirsty  colt had suffered a condylar fracture in his right front. The connections are optimistic Coal Front can come back from the injury.

As for the race, Coal Front and jockey John Velazquez powered through a quarter-mile in :22.51 and half-mile in :45.21 then completed the final two furlongs in :23.73. In the stretch, Coal Front resisted a challenge from American Pastime, who pulled to within a head of the lead in midstretch. American Pastime would finish a half-length back in second, earning the week’s second-fastest ESF, 117.

Coal Front improves to four wins in five starts and secured his second graded stakes win. He has earned triple-digit ESFs in all of his races and the 118 is a career best.

In his career debut Coal Front registered a 106 in winning a six-furlong maiden race in April at Keeneland. In his third start and stakes debut, he was awarded a 111 for his front-running victory in the 6 1/2-furlong Amsterdam Stakes (G2) July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

Top 10 Equibase Speed Figures Since Sep. 19

ESF Horse
Race, Track, Distance, Date
118 Coal Front
Gallant Bob S. (G3), PRX, 6f, 9/23
117 American Pastime
Gallant Bob S. (G3), PRX, 6f, 9/23
116 Mesoma
AOC, CD, 6.5f, 9/24
115 West Coast
Pennsylvania Derby (G1), PRX, 9f, 9/23
114 Manitoulin
AOC, BEL, 10fT, 9/20
114 Sharp Azteca
Kelso H. (G2), BEL, 8f, 9/23
113 Hey Jabber Jaw
AOC, BEL, 6f, 9/21
112 Ostrolenka
AOC, BEL, 6f, 9/21
111 Iron Fist
Governor’s Cup S., RP, 9f, 9/24
111 Mike Man’s Gold
STR, EMD, 6f, 9/23
111 Red Rifle
AOC, BEL, 10fT, 9/20
111 Angry Moon
AOC, BEL, 6f, 9/21


COAL FRONT wins G3 Gallant Bob and TOM’S READY 3rd in the G2 KELSO
Courtesy of the TDN

Coal Front | Equi-Photo

‘TDN Rising Star’ Coal Front, an impressive winner of his first three starts, including the GII Amsterdam S. at Saratoga July 29, refused to lose here, turning back fellow Rising Star American Pastime in game fashion.

Coal Front was heavily favored to get back on track as part of an entry with Petrov following a fifth-place finish in the prestigious GI H. Allen Jerkens S. at the Spa Aug. 26.

Seizing the early advantage, the $575,000 OBSAPR buy zipped through opening splits of :22.21 and :45.21. American Pastime made a menacing sweeping move on the far turn and drew alongside Coal Front entering the lane and the stage was set. The duo battled down the lane, but Coal Front kept on finding more every time American Pastime came at him and held on for a narrow success.

Pedigree Notes:

Coal Front’s unraced dam Miner’s Secret, a half-sister to MGSW Woodlander (Forestry), is responsible for a yearling colt by Noble Mission (GB) and foaled a Pioneerof the Nile filly Feb. 28. She was bred back to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah. Miner’s Secret went through the ring twice, bringing $250,000 from Reynolds Bell Jr., agent, at the 2006 KEESEP Yearling Sale and $52,000 from Coal Front’s breeder Michael Connelly in foal to War Pass at the 2009 KEENOV Sale.

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