Progeny of Kitten's Joy

A companion to the feature in the September 14, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse.

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Training Offspring of Sires - Kitten's Joy
Read the full feature in the April 14, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse.

The ascendency of Kitten’s Joy to the upper echelon of the North American sire list is a credit to the confidence placed in the son of El Prado by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who bred and raced the 2004 champion male grass horse. Since standing his first season in 2006 for $25,000, Kitten’s Joy’s fee has doubled to $50,000 in 2013. Through Aug. 31, Kitten’s Joy has been represented by 39 stakes winners (37 of which were bred by the Ramseys) and his progeny have earned in excess of $25.2 million.

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Trained by Dale Romans, Kitten’s Joy had nine wins and four seconds from 14 starts and earned $2,075,791.

Dale Romans --
He was one of the greatest racehorses I have ever been around, if not the greatest. He would do whatever you wanted him to do.

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Admiral Kitten wins the 2013 Secretariat Stakes. Trained by Mike Maker.

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Derby Kitten winning the 2011 Lexington Stakes (gr. III). Trained by Mike Maker.

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Gung Ho winning the 2011 Sunday Silence Stakes. Trained by Mike Maker.

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Kitten's Dumplings wins the Lake George Stakes (gr. II). Trained by Mike Maker.

Mike Maker --
It’s been a great run, and I hope it continues. Their minds and their durability (are their best attributes).

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Secretariat Stakes winner Admiral Kitten, trained by Mike Maker.

Mike Maker --
As he has gotten racing experience and matured, obviously he has gotten better and better.

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Big Blue Kitten, trained by Chad Brown, wins the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. 1).

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Real Solution (left) wins the Arlington Million (gr. I). Real Solution is trained by Chad Brown.

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Big Blue Kitten wins the 2013 United Nations Stakes (gr. I). He is trained by Chad Brown.

Chad Brown --
There are several things he consistently puts into his offspring. One is durability. His horses tend to have a lot of bone. They are strong horses and normally good-sized horses. To go along with that, they seem to thrive on training.

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Grade II winner Holiday for Kitten, trained by Wesley Ward.

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Stakes winner Politicallycorrect, trained by Wesley Ward.

Wesley Ward --
While the turf is their forte, I have had some run well on dirt. For example, Politicallycorrect’s preferred surface is the dirt.

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Emotional Kitten wins the 2013 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico. Emotional Kitten is trained by Wesley Ward.

Wesley Ward --
Emotional Kitten is one that the older she gets, the better she is.

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Stephanie's Kitten, trained by Wayne Catalano, wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. II).

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Stephanie's Kitten wins the 2013 Just a Game Stakes (gr. I). She is trained by Wayne Catalano.

Wayne Catalano --
They are very nice to train. They all are very professional and very strong racehorses. A lot of the Kitten’s Joy horses are normal-looking horses, but we have a couple who are outstanding looking.

Charming Kitten wins the 2013 Kitten's Joy Stakes. Charming Kitten is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Todd Pletcher --
He’s a terrific sire. The offspring we have had I have found to be very straightforward, very easy horses to train.

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Csaba winning the 2013 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III). Csaba is trained by Phil Gleaves.

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Grade III winner Csaba, trained by Phil Greaves.

Phil Greaves --
He’s a little on the smaller side, but he is athletic and well-made. He is probably the best offspring of Kitten’s Joy on the dirt.

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Suntracer winning the 2012 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap. Trained by Chris Block.

Chris Block --
Overall he is a pretty basic, blue-collar, hard-nosed racehorse that I am proud to say I have in my barn.

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Grade III winner Kitten's Point, trained by Graham Motion.

Graham Motion --
She is very athletic and very aggressive. I think it is extraordinary what he (Kitten’s Joy) does to his mares.

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