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Chestnut Colt by El Prado-Kitten’s First by Lear Fan
Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Dale Romans

Stands at Ramsey Farm , $20,000 Live Foal

Just became the #1 Leading freshman Sire for 2009

Progeny Chief Earner to date: William's Kitten, $108,197

Other notable 2 yr old progeny: Sweet Kitten, Becky's Kitten, Maddie's Odyssey.



Year Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2003 2yo 4 2 1 0 $80,115
2004 3yo 6 2 3 0 $1,225,796
Lifetime 9 5 3 0 $1,305,911

At 3
WON Joe Hirsch Turf Classic G1
WON Secretariat G1
WON Virginia Derby G3
WON Crown Royal American Turf G3
WON Palm Beach G3
WON Tropical Park Derby G3
2nd Jefferson Cup G3

Kitten’s Joy has emerged as “Mr. October” in thoroughbred racing with his superior race in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. That effort elicited rave reviews from two of America’s most respected turf writers:

Despite sensational victories by Pico Central and Sweet Catomine, an admirable display of determination by Funny Cide, and all the other major stakes racing that took place last weekend, one performance stood out above all the others. That was the victory by Kitten's Joy in Saturday's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.
Even for a colt who was just a head away from being 8 for 8 on grass, and whose merits were so obvious that he was a strong second choice in the betting, this particular display by Kitten's Joy was still a head-turner. Kitten's Joy was so freakishly impressive in what was his first start against older horses, and first attempt at a distance as far as 1 1/2 miles, that we here in this country may no longer have to fear any horse Europe may send over for the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Magistretti - the same Magistretti who emerged from a third-place finish in the key-race Arlington Million to be the most visually impressive winner you could ask for in the Man o' War - was the favorite in the Hirsch, and he turned for home with a clear lead on Kitten's Joy. Yet Kitten's Joy, despite racing on the wrong lead, made him look so helpless the way he blew right past him that Magistretti's trainer, Patrick Biancone, is now thinking twice about taking on Kitten's Joy again in the Breeders' Cup.
Dale Romans, the trainer of Kitten's Joy, made a case after the Hirsch that his colt, already a top contender for champion turf horse, should also be considered for champion 3-year-old. He has a point in that last Saturday Kitten's Joy became the only 3-year-old to beat older horses in a meaningful spot, but I don't agree. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Travers, and Breeders' Cup Classic are the races that make champion 3-year-olds. At the same time, any discussion of this year's best 3-year-olds better include Kitten's Joy early on, for he is the best American 3-year-old turf specialist in many years. In the meantime, Kitten's Joy earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 114, which is 1 1/2 points better than the average winning Beyer in the Breeders' Cup Turf since 1990. And the scary thing is, Kitten's Joy is only going to get better.

-Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form

Anyone who witnessed former European Magistretti's spectacular stretch run in the Man o'War (gr. I) had to be awestruck when Kitten's Joy turned on the afterburners and inhaled him in the blink of an eye in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT). And it was no optical illusion, as evidenced by his final quarter in under :22 2/5… And remember, when Kitten's Joy put the same kind of beating on his fellow 3-year-olds in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), his time of 1:59 3/5 for the 10 furlongs was two-fifths of a second faster than the Arlington Million (gr. IT) the race before. Also, anyone who saw Artie Schiller's last two devastating victories will find it hard to believe that Kitten's Joy just swallowed him up in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT). The main question now is, if Kitten's Joy beats the best America and Europe have to offer in the Breeders' Cup Turf, will Eclipse voters be willing to venture out of the realm of "turf" and consider Kitten's Joy for 3-year-old champion or even Horse of the Year? It should be interesting if it comes down to that.
-Steve Haskin, The Blood-Horse


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