Kirkwood’s Competitive Edge filly gets fastest quarter in 21.1

Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables sent out Monday’s fastest quarter-mile breezer when Le Competition(Competitive Edge) worked in :21 1/5. The dark bay filly is out of the unraced Lefreakcestchic (Bellamy Road), a half-sister to multiple stakes placed He’s So Chic (Jump Start) and from the family of graded stakes winners Living Vicariously, With Distinction and Sightseeing.

“We had as good and as safe a track as we could possibly have under the conditions,” said Elser, who sent out eight horses to work Monday. “They did a great job with the track. The horses went well and everybody came home well. I think some of them were more confident going over the mud than others, but those are today’s conditions.”

Of Le Competition, Elser said, “She is one that really relished a wet track. I was in the chute, I didn’t see her frontside, but I know she galloped out past me tremendously.”

USA Scores First In Dubai – Kirkwood consigned COAL FRONT wins the G2 Godolphin Mile

Courtesy of the TDN

2nd at Mey, Gr. Stk, $1,500,000 G2 Godolphin Mile (1600m) Winner: Coal Front, r, 5 by Stay Thirsty

Coal Front |

‘TDN Rising Star’ Coal Front (Stay Thirsty–Miner’s Secret, by Mineshaft), the last-out winner of the G3 Razorback H. at Oaklawn Park, notched a victory for the U.S. in the opening Thoroughbred race of the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan when getting up in the dying strides to clinch the G2 Godolphin Mile under Jose Ortiz. Defending Godolphin Miler winner Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) set the pace and looked to have gotten away at the top of the lane, but the lightly raced progressive 5-year-old Coal Front gradually wore away that lead and got up within the final furlong.
Lifetime Record: 9-7-0-0.
O-LaPenta, Robert V. and Head of Plains Partners LLC.
B-Michael Edward Connelly  (KY).
T-Todd Pletcher
Sold at OBS April for $575,000

More gallopers at Gulfstream for Kirkwood

More gallopers at Gulfstream for Kirkwood

Emily Shields
Multiple graded stakes-placed Splashy Kisses was part of the inaugural “Gulfstream Gallop” consignment.

Last year, consignor Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables and an unnamed client took the unorthodox route of galloping their offerings, rather than sending them through a timed breeze, at the under-tack preview show for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of 2-year-olds in training. The experiment proved a moderate success – and not only are Elser and his client back for more this season, the scope of the project has expanded.

Elser and his original client, under the consignment name of Kirkwood Stables, agent for Gulfstream Gallop LLC, have four juveniles consigned to this year’s Gulfstream sale. Meanwhile, another group of clients, under the banner of Kirkwood Stables, agent for Midway Gallop LLC, will offer four juveniles. The eight youngsters, who will open gallop during the pre-sale under-tack show on Monday, March 25, on Gulfstream’s oval two days prior to sale time, are all by different stallions, including first-crop sires Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong. The Midway Gallop group includes a Ghostzapper colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Time and Motion, from a deep Darby Dan Farm family.

Last year, Elser sent five horses through the ring at Gulfstream as Kirkwood Stables, agent for Gulfstream Gallop LLC. Three of those sold, led by a $120,000 Noble Mission colt to Caves Farm and a $100,000 Blame filly to Dennis O’Neill. The Blame filly, now named Splashy Kisses, is multiple graded stakes placed, further flying the banner for the program.