Last week at Fasig-Tipton’s yearling sale in Lexington Kip & team bought two yearlings to start next year’s pinhooking venture.
The first was Hip 261, a colt by Warrior’s Reward. This is his second crop and he is off to a very good start with 30 winners already from his first crop. This colt is out of a Malibu Moon mare that goes back to a good Alfred Vanderbilt family.
The second purchase was Hip 328, a filly by the exciting young sire, Creative Cause. This filly is the half- sister to Tom’s Ready, a colt we bought for a client at last year’s Saratoga Sale. She was bred by Christian Black’s Blackstone Farm in PA, is eligible for the lucrative Pennsylvania Program, and bred by people in whom we have great confidence.
Both of these will have an easy summer & start light training in September.
West Point Thoroughbred’s STRONG STIPULATION eased to the lead and held sway to win an allowance race at Delaware Park. He was bred by Lazy Lane Farms LLC. At Canterbury Downs, SOUND EFFECT won his 6th race and pushed his earnings over $200,000. He is owned by TG Racing and was bred by Stone Farm.
NY Bred filly BAJAN BEACH came wide and dueled for a 2 1/2 length win in an open allowance race at Finger Lakes. She is trained by Jeremiah Engelhart , owned by Fortune Farm (Richard Nicolai) and Team Dunn and bred by WinStar Farm, LLC & M R Capital, LLC.
Kirkwood consigned and sold stakes-placed Black Martino added more black type, dueling between horses and getting up for the place in the King Cugat Handicap at Gulfstream. He is owned by Honors Stable Corp and was bred by Bailey Bolen. He has earned over $90,000.
Variety Romp broke his maiden in the Maiden Plate at Greyville in South Africa. Leading every step of the way, he put on a dramatic performance. Bought by Kip as a yearling, he was sold at the TBA Ready to Race Sale through Balmoral Stud for R1,600,000.
Here are some fun photos from Springdale Racecourse, Camden, SC – the home of Kirkwood Stables. Enjoy!
Morning Cup o' Joe
Three year old Tapit filly Lady Dyna graduated in a MSW at PARX. She has been knocking on the door with a prior second and third and got it done despite going wide through the stretch. She is owned by Green Hills Farm Inc. and Three Chimneys Farm and was bred by Dr. John A. Chandler. Lady Dyna was a $300,000 two-year-old sales grad for Kirkwood.
June 5-6, 2015 were amazing days of racing at Belmont Park, topped off by American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown. Sunday, June 7th, Kip visited Goshen, NY where he attended an Announcer Workshop with the great Tom Durkin himself. Afterwards, harness racing was on the menu at the Goshen Historic Track. Below are photos from the trip to Goshen. What a great experience!
Goshen, NY - June 7, 2015
Multiple Graded Stakes Placed COMMANDING CURVE, second in the Kentucky Derby G1, has not been out since his start in the Travers G1 at Saratoga. He made his return a winning one with a victory in allowance company at Churchill. He has earned over $600,000 for his owner West Point Thoroughbreds.
At Thistledown, Global Slowdown won last out and liked the winner’s circle so he won again in allowance company going a mile and 70 yards. He is owned by his trainer Kenneth Marshall and was bred by Dr. Charles Giles, Taylor Made Farm Inc, Pat Payne & Buckpace, Ltd.