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KITTEN'S JOY

Stood 2009 for $20,000 at Ramsey Farm, Ky.

 

Kitten's Joy is the stallion of the week, for the week ended Sunday, Oct. 25. Through the end of the week, the champion racehorse was ranked No. 2 on the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, and he led all new sires at week's end with 5 stakes winners. All told, Kitten's Joy is represented by 20 juvenile winners, most of whom have relished the mile-plus maiden specials, allowances, and stakes of fall racing, especially on turf.

The 8-year-old son of El Prado had a weekend to remember, with 3 new first-crop 2-year-old stakes winners coming on Saturday and Sunday. All were bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the owner and breeder of Kitten's Joy, and trained my Mike Maker, and each's stakes win came over the grass.

The Ramseys began the weekend onslaught by dispatching the highly regarded colt Kera's Kitten and the filly Lisa's Kitten to Retama Park for a pair of "hundred-granders" over a mile-plus Saturday. The colt won by 5, easily, and the filly won by a length, earning both a trip to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup juvenile turf races. On Sunday, the Ramseys and trainer Maker, who obviously have a racing calendar noting every juvenile turf stakes in the country at a mile or over, sent Dean's Kitten out to win the Vision Stakes over Belmont's turf course. In 3rd in the same race was Shrimp Dancer, another son of Kitten's Joy.

They join Kitten's Joy's previous two stakes winners, William's Kitten, who won the $148,500 Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs by almost 5 lengths on dirt at 1 1/16 miles; and the Puerto Rican stakes winner Sweet Kitten, a sprinter.

As a son of the recently deceased El Prado, Kitten's Joy is emerging as that sire's second major stallion son, following on the heels of Medaglia d'Oro, whose first crop is only 3 in 2009 and includes classic winner Rachel Alexandra.

Both Kitten's Joy and Medaglia d'Oro were top-rate runners who won G1s at 1 1/4 miles and stayed up to 1 1/2 miles (KJ won a G1 at the trip, MDO was 2nd in the G1 Belmont) and were finished 3-year-olds, although both also won at 4 and MDO won a G1 at 5, too.

Medaglia d'Oro's first-crop 2-year-olds developed as he did and became better at 3 than 2, and it's easy to make the same projections for the Kitten's Joys, who to this point are showing the ability to handle multiple surfaces and distances, too, although their turf exploits prove the adage that the apples haven't fallen too far from the tree.

.--Sid Fernando

DAVID BAY (AUSTRALIA)

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EMMA BERRY

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SID FERNANDO

SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. (eNicks.com). He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade. More info...

ROBERT D. FIERRO

ROBERT D. FIERRO is managing director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™... More info...

FRANCES J. KARON

FRANCES J. KARON is the acclaimed editor and a writer for the quarterly publications North American Trainer and Trainer magazines and one of the familiar faces at the Four Star Sales agency. Among the horses whose matings Frances has recommended are Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat and Grade 2 winners Fire Slam and Irguns Angel More info...

KRISTEN MANNING (AUSTRALIA)

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KAREL MIEDEMA (SOUTH AFRICA)

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DIEGO MITAGSTEIN (ARGENTINA)

DIEGO MITAGSTEIN is based in Argentina and is one of the most prominent turf journalists in South America. More info...

FRANK MITCHELL

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MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR (INDIA)

MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR was born 1943 in Mumbai, India, and educated at St. Xavier's High School and College, Mumbai. He joined the Army and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery. He was sent on deputation to Nigeria and took active part in two wars. The Major took premature retirement in 1987 and joined the Stud Book Authority of India... More info...

STEVEN A. ROMAN, PH.D

STEVEN A. ROMAN, Ph.D, was born in 1943 in New York City and is currently a resident of Costa Rica. He is the author of Dosage: Pedigree and Performance, published by the Russell Meerdink Co., in 2003... More info...

VICTOR SHEAHAN (IRELAND)

VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. More info...

LAUREN STICH

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CLIVE WEBB-CARTER (UK)

CLIVE WEBB-CARTER has been involved in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry for about twenty years. Clive has gained international experience on a number of leading stud farms, including Fayette Park in New Zealand; Side Hill Stud, Newmarket . . . More info...