Big Blue Kitten Back in Jersey's Cliff Hanger
by Claire Novak
Date Posted: 8/21/2014 3:10:53 PM
Last Updated: 8/22/2014 10:07:45 AM

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Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten used the 2013 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park to propel his way to victory in back-to-back grade I races, and now looks to the $100,000 Cliff Hanger S (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 to return to graded victory.

A winner off the layup of the 1 1/16-mile Lure Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 2—his first start since an eighth-place finish in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)—the Chad Brown trainee makes his second start of the season against six rivals in Monmouth's Cliff Hanger going 1 1/8 miles.

Big Blue Kitten, a 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy  , rattled off wins in the United Nations and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) last summer, and was second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) before his Breeeders' Cup bust. He drew the outside post for the Cliff Hanger under regular rider Joe Bravo and carries 120 pounds.

Highweight in the field is Michael Bruder's Guys Reward, winner of the July 27 Metropolitan Jets Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the New Jersey oval. Trained by Dale Romans, the 7-year-old son of Grand Reward gets Paco Lopez in the irons from post 3 under 123 pounds.

The Cliff Hanger will also mark the U.S. debut of Argentinian-bred Calvados, starting in the silks of Sagamore Farm and Mom Celine. The 6-year-old Snipewalk horse is a six-time winner from 21 starts in his native land. Javier Santiago has the mount from the inside, Ignacio Correas trains.

Also of interest is Alto Racing's Winning Cause, a grade III-winning son of Giant's Causeway   who has run well at Monmouth for trainer Todd Pletcher. Winning Cause has not crossed the wire first since taking the 2013 Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga, but has finished on the board in five graded stakes from 11 starts since then. He was fourth last time out in the Aug. 6 John's Call at Saratoga, and also ran fourth in this year's edition of the United Nations July 6.

Allowance winners Vitium, Michael With Us, and Plainview complete the field.

Cliff Hanger S. (gr. IIIT)

Monmouth Park , Sunday, August 24, 2014, Race 11
  • 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 5:41 PM (local)
1Calvados (ARG)Javier Santiago116Ignacio Correas, IV
2Winning Cause (KY)Eddie Castro116Todd A. Pletcher
3Guys Reward (KY)Paco Lopez123Dale L. Romans
4Michael With Us (KY)Gabriel Saez116Stephen L. DiMauro
5Vitium (KY)Victor Santiago116Alisa Brooke Sarson
6Plainview (KY)Edgar S. Prado118Gregory DiPrima
7Big Blue Kitten (KY)Joe Bravo120Chad C. Brown

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