Palm Beach S. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , 9f ,)

KITTEN'S JOY (CH h, 122 lb) $60,000
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, 118 lb) $20,000
Arch —Princess Kris (GB) , by Kris (GB)
B—Pine Lake Bloodstock LLC, KY.; O—Raymond H. Cottrell, Sr.; T—Kenneth G. McPeek

Pa Pa Da (B g, 118 lb) $11,000
Incurable Optimist —Sligo River , by Mac Diarmida
B—John T. Behrendt, NY.; O—Behrendt, John T. and Theresa E.; T—David G. Donk

Margins: 1¾, neck, ¾. Others: Master William 122($6,000) , Commendation 122($3,000) , Mustanfar 118 , Pincay 118 , Soverign Honor 116 , Gin Rummy Champ 116 , America America 115 , Gold Shield 116 , West Virginia 120 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Trainer Dale Romans seems to have figured out 3-year-old Kitten’s Joy. The son of El Prado is three-for-three going nine furlongs on the turf. Two of those contests were in stakes races, first the Jan. 1 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT), which he won by 41/2 lengths, and most recently the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT), which he won by 13/4 lengths.

Romans trains Kitten’s Joy for Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, owners of Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where Kitten’s Joy was foaled. The Ramseys also own Master William, who finished fourth in the Palm Beach. Michael Dickinson trains that colt. In October Master William won the Cup and Saucer Stakes on the Woodbine turf course.

The Ramseys acquired the dam of Kitten’s Joy, Kitten’s First, in 1993 as a 2-year-old. They purchased her for $41,000 from El Nino Farm at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training. She had previously been consigned by Brereton C. Jones, as agent, to the 1992 Keeneland September yearling sale where she was bought by Richard Neill for $17,000.

Kitten’s First raced for Sarah Ramsey. She made only two starts before breaking her hip in the 1993 Junior Champion Stakes. She did not race again but she recovered sufficiently to become a broodmare. Her first foal was multiple stakes winner Justenuffheart, who is now owned by Frank Carl Calabrese. The second surviving foal from Kitten’s First, 7-year-old Worldly Treasure, is in training with Don Mills for Richard Englander.

The Ramseys still own Kitten’s First, as well as her daughter Striking Image. Kitten’s First is in foal to Catienus, a stakes-winning son of Storm Cat who raced for the Ramseys, and she is booked to Sligo Bay. Striking Image produced a Catienus colt this year in New York and she is booked back to that stallion.

El Prado has sired 48 stakes winners, including two other added-money winners of 2004: Medaglia d’Oro, winner of the Feb. 7 Donn Handicap (gr. I), and Pro Prado, winner of the Jan. 24 Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn Park. El Prado stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky., for a $75,000 fee.—K.I.G.