Ramsey: Turf favorite Kitten's Joy will race again next year.

Ramsey: Turf favorite Kitten's Joy will race again next year.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Ramsey Thinking About Next Year's Arc for Kitten's Joy

Provided he is healthy, probable John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Kitten's Joy will race again next year, and one of his targets will be the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

"I would like to go over there because I feel like this horse has what it takes to beat the Europeans," said Ken Ramsey, who bred and races the colt in partnership with his wife, Sarah. "Basically, what the Europeans do is gallop for a mile and sprint for a half mile, and that's exactly what this horse can do. It's exactly what he did in the Joe Hirsch (Turf Classic Invitational, gr. IT). He ran a mile and a quarter and then ran :22 and 3 down the stretch to beat them, and that's what it would take over there in the Arc. I know the course over there probably will be yielding or soft or good, but this horse handles himself well on that kind of surface."

Ramsey said Kitten's Joy would probably get a break on the farm following the Breeders' Cup and be turned out for two months. The El Prado colt's main spring target in 2005 would be the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT), which would be preceded by one prep race. Ramsey also would like to see Kitten's Joy compete in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and make another appearance in Breeders' Cup Turf following the Arc start.

Ramsey plans to race his other Breeders' Cup candidates, Roses in May and Nothing to Lose, in 2005.