NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I)

(gr. IT , 8f ,)

KIP DEVILLE (GR/RO h, 126 lb) $1,420,200
Kipling —Klondike Kaytie , by Encino
B—Center Hills Farm, OK.; O—IEAH Stables, Cohen, Andrew and John A., Cobb, Steve and Robertson, Doug; T—Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

Excellent Art (GB) (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $526,000
Pivotal (GB) —Obsessive , by Seeking the Gold
B—Cheveley Park Stud Ltd, GB.; O—Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, Smith, Derrick and Green, Matthew; T—Aidan P. O'Brien

Cosmonaut (GR/RO h, 126 lb) $263,000
Lemon Drop Kid —Cosmic Fire , by Capote
B—Patricia Pavlish, KY.; O—Flying Zee Stable; T—Francois Parisel

Margins: 1, 1, neck. Others: Nobiz Like Shobiz 122($134,130) , Host (CHI) 126($65,750) , Trippi's Storm 126 , Remarkable News (VEN) 126 , Rebellion (GB) 126 , Icy Atlantic 126 , Jeremy 126 , Purim 126 , Silent Name (JPN) 126 , My Typhoon (IRE) 123 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.

Dr. Warren Center of Arkansas calls himself a “little time breeder.” That might have been true at one time, but not anymore. Not with the success enjoyed this year by Kip Deville.

Bred in Oklahoma in the name of Center Hills Farm, Kip Deville won the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) for a partnership that includes IEAH Stables. The 4-year-old son of Kipling became just the second Oklahoma-bred Breeders’ Cup winner, joining 1986 Distaff (gr. I) winner Lady’s Secret.

“It sure was exciting going head to head with the best in the world,” Center, a dentist, said. “It’s what keeps the little folks happy, I guess.”

Foaled at Center’s Mighty Acres farm near Pryor, Okla., Kip Deville is proof that a good horse can come from anywhere and that it doesn’t take a million-dollar mating to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Kip Deville is the product of a stallion that stood at the time for $1,500, and is out of a mare that Center bought for $6,000.

Kip Deville’s stellar season, in which he has run his career total to $2.4 million, returned Kipling to the limelight. Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and William S. Kilroy, Kipling was the highest-priced yearling sold at the 1997 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. By prominent sire Gulch, he was out of the unraced Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm, a full sister to classic winner Summer Squall and a half-sister to Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. With breeding like that, it was no wonder Coolmore Stud associate Demi O’ Byrne paid $1.4 million for him.

Kipling didn’t exactly live up to the hype while racing for the Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier, whose husband, John Magnier, is Coolmore’s managing partner. He lost seven straight before getting his first win.

It was during the early part of Kipling’s racing career that Center figured it would be a good time to get in the stallion business. “When my fillies’ racing careers ended, my trainer, Mike Teel, told me I had some nice mares and that I should buy my own stallion and stand him in Oklahoma because that way I wouldn’t have to pay stallion fees. I was put in touch with (Louisville bloodstock agent) Chad Schumer, and it was Chad who spotted Kipling.”

Kipling, who went on a hot streak by winning three of four races, soon cooled off.

“Chad knew that Kipling wasn’t performing at a level that would have allowed him to stand in Kentucky,” Center said. “He had been priced at more than $100,000 when we first wanted to buy him, but we ended up getting him for less than $100,000.”

Center took charge of Kipling the first part of 2000 and raced him through that year and the next before standing him at stud in Oklahoma. Kipling retired with five wins and six placings from 28 races and earnings of $121,862.

It was Schumer who bought Kip Deville’s dam, Klondike Kaytie (by Encino), for Center. He bought the Nijinsky II granddaughter for $6,000 at the 2001 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s October mixed sale from Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs South, agent. She was in foal to Lucky Lionel.

Unlike A.P. Indy and Summer Squall, who were bred to a number of leading mares their first years at stud, Kipling had his work cut out for him when he entered stud. “Of the mares he was bred to in his first two crops, the most expensive mare he was ever bred to cost $6,000,” Center said. “Some were $2,000 and $4,000 mares.”

Despite the lack of top flight mares, Kipling sired Kip Deville and four other stakes winners his first two years at stud. All five have earned more than $100,000.

Kipling’s first crop, conceived when the stallion stood in Oklahoma, yielded stakes winner Dreamsandvisions, who has earned $418,561, and Miriam L.

Kip Deville, along with stakes winners Taylor Madison and Lord Kipling, came from the second crop when Kipling stood at Mark Toothaker’s Tooth-Acres Farm in Arkansas. Center Hills Farm, where Center lives, also is located in the Land of Opportunity state near Springdale.

It was Toothaker, in the name of Liberty Farm of Kentucky, agent, who consigned Kip Deville to the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Texas August yearling sale for Center Hills. Kip Deville was bought for $20,000 by South Wind Ranch and Wayne Cobb. Although Center is extremely grateful for Kip Deville’s big season, he can’t help but think what might have happened if Klondike Kaytie and another of his mares, Gift of Dance, had not died after delivering foals in 2005. Gift of Dance, whom Center bought through Schumer for $20,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale in foal to Hold That Tiger, was the dam of a promising 2-year-old Awesome Again filly named Round Pond. In 2006, Round Pond won the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).

Kipling, who has stood the last several years at Mighty Acres, covered 70 mares in 2007, and for the first time, most of them were not owned by Center. “About 50 of the mares this year came from outside breeders,” said Center, who stood Kipling for $2,500 in 2007. By David Schmitz