Kip Elser was honored at the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association Awards Dinner by receiving the Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Award of Merit for his work with repurposing Thoroughbred race horses and for his efforts as the former president of the South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its Second Chances program at the Wateree River Correctional Institution in Rembert, SC.
Multiple Graded Stakes placed Ulanbator, second in last June’s G3 Matt Winn S. at Churchill and third in the following month’s G3 Dwyer S. at Belmont, settled in a perfect spot along the rail, inching closer as they turned for home with three dueling for the lead. From his position between foes, Ulanbator gamely got his nose on the wire to win. Ulanbator is under consideration for the GI Donn H. here Feb. 7. He is a homebred for Mary Ann Charlston.
BLACK MARTINO has been knocking on the door repeatedly and today he stalked the pace, got a clear lead a furlong out and held on to break his maiden for trainer Jose Garoffalo. He is owned by Honors Stable Corp and was bred by Bailey Bolen, He has already earned $43,080 for his connections.
Multiple stakes placed Moment in Dixie added still another stakes placing in the Wintergreen S S at Turfway . She swung 6 wide position and attacked in the stretch, but came up just short. She is a homebred for the Phillips Racing Partnership and has over $388,000 in earnings.
The aptly named Stormy Atlantic 3 year old colt ROUGH PASSAGE has been knocking on the door and broke his maiden today wire to wire at Los Alamitos. He dueled gamely on the rail to the finish. He is owned by Red Castle Farms and was bred by R S Evans. He has already earned over $63,000.
West Point’s MSW AWESOME VISION waited off the pace and then swung 4 wide to circle the leaders, hit the front and win by 6 lengths in an allowance race at Aqueduct. He was bred by Kaz Hill Farm & Adena Springs. He has won 8 times and earned over $430,000 for his connections.
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.
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 featured in the EBN for his return to Tattersalls in 2014.
Great write up about the Groom Elite Program and the South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances program and the Wateree Correctional Institute in Rembert, SC.