Morning Cigar Win

MORNING CIGAR owned by Christopher Elser and bred by Elser Farm won for the second time in a row at PARX, this time in allowance company. He ran in the second flight, then took the lead. relinquished it and fought back to get his nose on the line to win. He has earned over $175,000.

“Shoot for Second Chances” Sporting Clays Charity Tournament

Over 50 shooters participated in the “Shoot for Second Chances” Sporting Clays Charity Tournament at former classic winning trainer Joe Cantey’s Hermitage Farm Shooting Sports on Friday, November 14 in Camden, South Carolina. The event was sponsored by Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds and benefitted retired racehorses of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of South Carolina.

“This event more than doubled in size from last year and we look forward to continuing the tradition of shooting the day before the Colonial Cup,” said South Carolina TRF president William Cox Jr. “Through our Second Chances program at the Wateree River Correctional Institute, we offer a place of hope and renewal for retired Thoroughbred horses and prison inmates. Currently 45 horses are cared for through the program, and we hope to expand in the years to come.”

“Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this event a success,” said Kip Elser. “We had a fun afternoon all in support of retired horses here in South Carolina. I appreciate the support not only from the folks here in Camden, but the Lexington horse community as well.”

Thoroughbred industry sponsors for the event include: Taylor Made Sales, Fasig-Tipton, Niall Brennan Stables, Select Sales, Bluewater Sales, Paramount Sales, Mike Ryan Bloodstock, Summerfield Sales, Darby Dan Farm, CFP Thoroughbreds, Gainesway, and Legacy Bloodstock.

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KIP ELSER, KIRKWOOD STABLES on Two Year old gallop outs

I wholeheartedly endorse Ciaran Dunne’s position as published yesterday in the TDN. First and foremost, this initiative will serve to better protect the horses entrusted to our care. Protecting our horses is in the best interest of buyers, sellers and the industry as a whole. Though I am not selling at the OBS April Sale, Kirkwood Stables’ horses will not be urged in any way to gallop out beyond the wire in their breezes at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale and will be eased up around the turn. I encourage others to join this important initiative.