Kipper Kelly, whose son Kelly Kip was one of the top sprinters of the late 1990s, died Sept. 11 after suffering a heart attack at Jerry Meaux' Indian Ridge Farm near Duson, La. Meaux stood the 17-year-old son of Valid Appeal in partnership with John T.L. Jones Jr. of Walmac International.
Kipper Kelly raced as a homebred for Neil and Michele Boyce's Racing Stable and Jack Allison. He won or placed in nine of 11 starts and earned $94,619. His three stakes-placings included a third in the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita.
Produced from the Tentam mare Plum Ten, Kipper Kelly stood in his native Illinois and at farms in Florida before heading to Louisiana. While standing in the Sunshine State, he sired Kelly Kip for Jack Dreyfus' Hobeau Farm. Kelly Kip won 15 of 31 races and earned $1,157,142 in the Hobeau colors. Eight of his 10 stakes wins came in graded events. Kelly Kip currently stands at stud at Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y.
Kipper Kelly sired a total of 11 stakes winners, including other graded stakes winner Miss Inquistive, and 17 stakes-placed runners. His progeny has earned $11.5 million.