Crown Royal American Turf S. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , 8.5f ,)

KITTEN'S JOY (CH h, 123 lb) $70,556
El Prado (IRE) —Kitten's First , by Lear Fan
B—Sarah K. Ramsey, KY.; O—Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; T—Dale L. Romans

Prince Arch (B h, 123 lb) $22,760
Arch —Princess Kris (GB) , by Kris (GB)
B—Pine Lake Bloodstock LLC, KY.; O—Raymond H. Cottrell, Sr.; T—Kenneth G. McPeek

Capo (DK B/ g, 117 lb) $11,380
Capote —Linda Coqueta , by Rubiano
B—Mark Mullen, KY.; O—Eaglestone Farm; T—Carl A. Nafzger

Margins: 2½, ½, 2¼. Others: Brass Hat 117($5,690) , El Prado Rob 117($3,414) , Level Playingfield 119 , Grand Heritage 123 , Knox 117 , Archie B 115 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Kitten’s Joy extended his winning streak to five races when he captured the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) on April 30 at Churchill Downs. He also remained undefeated on grass. The 3-year-old colt broke his maiden when he made his turf debut last October at Belmont Park, taking a nine-furlong event by 41/2 lengths. He then scored by a head over Bogangles in an 81/2-furlong allowance race at Churchill Downs in November. This year, prior to the Crown Royal, Kitten’s Joy captured the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) by 41/2 lengths at Calder Race Course and the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 13/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park.

Kitten’s Joy is a homebred who races for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the owners of Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. They purchased the dam of the Crown Royal winner, Kitten’s First, for $41,000 from El Nino Farm at the 1993 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training. The previous year, Brereton C. Jones, as agent, had sold Kitten’s First to Richard Neill for $17,000 at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Kitten’s First raced for Sarah Ramsey, but the daughter of Lear Fan broke her hip in only her second career start while competing in the 1993 Junior Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park and never ran again.

Danger Ahead (by Head Play), the fourth dam of Kitten’s Joy, won the Molly Pitcher Handicap in 1950 and the Regret Handicap in 1951. She also finished third in the 1948 Astoria Stakes. One Lane (by Prince John), the third dam of Kitten’s Joy, scored in four of her 24 career races. Her offspring included 1977 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Road Princess (by Gallant Man) and 1973 Breeders’ Futurity (gr. III) winner Provante (by Prove It). Road Princess, whose performances included a runner-up finish in the 1977 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), produced grade II winner Reign Road (by Sovereign Dancer) and added-money winner Copa de Ore (by Java Gold).

El Prado is the sire of Kitten’s Joy and 47 other stakes winners. The stallion’s seven added-money winners this year include Medaglia d’Oro (gr. I), Timo (gr. IIIT), and Mi Pradera (PR-III). El Prado also is the sire of Shaconage, who scored in the Argent Mortgage Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill the day following Kitten’s Joy’s Crown Royal victory. A group I winner in Ireland, El Prado stands as the property of a partnership at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway for a live foal fee of $75,000.—D.B.B.