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Current Odds: 10-1
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 12, 2014 - AP
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June 8, 2014 - Mth
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May 3, 2014 - CD
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March 29, 2014 - GP
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Jan. 25, 2014 - Hou
John B. Connally
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Mike Maker was born in Garden City, Michigan on February 7, 1969. His father George was a trainer in Detroit. Michael bought his first horse at the age of 13 with money he earned from hot walking and delivering newspapers. Michael would work for his father as an assistant before opening his own stable, but later leaving to work for D. Wayne Lukas in 1993. In 1997, he became Lukas's top assistant of the Churchill Downs stable.
Julien Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor fortop apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year.
In 1994, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey bought Almahurst Farm, outside of Nicholasville, Ky., birthplace of 1918 Kentucky Derby winner Exterminator and Standardbred legend Greyhound, and renamed it Ramsey Farm. The purchase of the historic property was soon followed by great successes at the track that belied the couple’s relative newness to the sport.
Kitten's Joy was one of the most impressive Secretariat Stakes winners (2004) Arlington has ever seen, and has since proven to be arguably America's finest contemporary turf sire. Thus far in 2013, five Kitten's Joy offspring have won graded stakes, including Grade I winners Stephanie's Kitten, Littlebitofjoy and Big Blue Kitten - all on the grass.
Being a son of Champion Irish 2-Year-Old El Prado out of a mare by Group I-winning French miler Lear Fan, it is no surprise Kitten's Joy's offspring love the lawn as much as he did. Kitten's Joy won Graded races from a mile to a mile and a half and was voted Champion Turf Horse. The late El Prado was the first son of world champion stallion Sadler's Wells to be successful as a stallion in the United States and in that process has also produced major stallions Artie Schiller and Medaglia d'Oro.
Admiral Kitten is out of the winning Grand Slam mare Reachinforthestars. Grand Slam, a dual Grade I-winning juvenile who equaled a 5 1/2-furlong track record in his first start, is a son of prolific sire Gone West - a sire of both a Breeders' Cup Mile (Da Hoss) and Turf (Johar) winner - out of Bright Candles, a Grade I-placed mare by Irish Derby winner El Gran Senor. Reachinforthestars is out of a mare by champion sire Dynaformer (sire of 2009 Beverly D. Stakes winner Dynaforce), from the family of champion and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Cozzene (sire of 1993 Arlington Million winner Star of Cozzene).
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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Four-year-old has won just once in seven starts since closing to win the Secretariat Stakes over ten furlongs here twelve months ago but showed improved form in a tough head loss in the Arlington Handicap in his latest last month when just failing to overcome closing into pedestrian fractions. Son of 15% grass sire Kitten's Joy has a record of 4-1-3-0 now on the Arlington turf for trainer Mike Maker who has won with 18% of his runners at this meet and colt, who appears to be peaking now, can be running into contention late with Julien Leparoux remaining aboard.