Kip Elser Tests New Zealand Auction Waters
Kirkwood Stables' Kip Elser and Joe Miller, who has been with Kern Thoroughbreds in Kentucky for 15 years, have ventured into the pinhook market in New Zealand.
Over the years, horses who came up under Kip's program include Kentucky Oaks winners Plum Pretty, Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. He also developed Sharp Cat, Royal Anthem, Alphabet Soup and more recently, Coal Front.
At the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales, Elser and Miller purchased a yearling colt by Tavistock. For NZ$150,000. In 2019, he was offered at the New Zealand Ready to Run 2-year-old sale bringing NZ$400,000. Now named Beluga, this 3-year-old gelding finished second in his debut and broke his maiden in his second career start acting like a horse who will appreciate distance racing.
In January of this year, Kip and Joe bought two yearlings in New Zealand. In February, they purchased a third in Australia. All will be prepared for the next Ready to Run sale.