Kitten's Joy , whose daughters Stephanie’s Kitten and Sweet Cat finished a respective first and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4, will stand in 2012 for $50,000, up from $25,000 in 2011. The champion turf male of 2004, Kitten’s Joy stands at Ken and Sarah’s Ramsey’s Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Kitten's Joy ranks atop the leading third-crop sires’ list by progeny earnings and ranks among the leaders on several other lists. He is second on both the turf sires’ list and the 2-year-old sires’ list, plus ranks seventh on the general sires’ list, with progeny earnings of $6.1 million.
Stephanie’s Kitten, a homebred for the Ramseys and one of 13 stakes winners this year by her sire, also won the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. She has earnings of $817,526.
Kitten’s Joy’s other stakes winners this year include Banned, a three-time graded winner in 2011, plus graded winners Derby Kitten, Holiday for Kitten, and Big Blue Kitten, winner of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga. Another of Kitten’s Joy’s 2011 stakes winners, Dean’s Kitten, placed in this year’s Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).
Kitten’s Joy has career progeny earnings of more than $9.9 million.
Racing as a homebred for the Ramseys, Kitten’s Joy (El Prado—Kitten’s First, by Lear Fan) won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) and ran second in the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) the year of his championship.