4/15/2014 Midwest/Canada: Kela Keeps Minnesota Breeding Sound

  • April 15, 2014
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Sire thrives at Stillwater Equine
by Bob Kieckhefer

It’s a long way and a long time from a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park in 2004 to the Stillwater Equine Clinic in Minnesota. Yet Kela, a largely unsung leader among Midwestern sires, has made just that journey, albeit with a couple detours along the way.

Now 16, Kela stands at the Equine Clinic—an unusual spot for a stallion but only the latest chapter in a somewhat unusual saga for the horse.

The bay son of Numerous, out of the Sovereign Dancer mare Bolshoi Comedy, was bred in Kentucky by Cypress Farms 1991, whose principals, Jerry Bailey and Ken Ellenberg, both have Minnesota roots. He spent virtually all his racing career in California, mostly picking up small checks from big races through most of 2002, 2003, 2004, and early 2005.

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