10/15/2006 11:00PM

Keeneland: Kip Deville rates, wins


The skills of jockey Julien Leparoux were on display again at Keeneland when the 24-year-old Frenchman was able to take the usually headstrong Kip Deville off the early pace, a tactic that paid off in victory in the $150,000 Bryan Station Stakes.

Kip Deville returned $11.20 as the third choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds after overtaking front-running Smart Enough in the upper stretch and being put to a drive by Leparoux, the nation's leading jockey in wins this year. Kip Deville surged clear to finish 1 1/4 lengths clear of Storm Treasure, who was up in the final jump to nip Smart Enough for second by a nose. Kingship, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth, and Union Avenue, the 7-2 second choice, was sixth.

Kip Deville, an Oklahoma-bred colt by Kipling, is owned by the IEAH Stables of Michael Iavarone and is based in New York with trainer Rick Dutrow. Perhaps his most notable previous start resulted in a second-place finish in June behind Showing Up in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup, a race in which the colt raced off to a lead of nearly 20 lengths.

Kip Deville finished one mile in 1:35.36 over firm turf.