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Current Odds: 5-1 B. c. 3, by Kitten's Joy - Reachinforthestars, by Grand Slam
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 13, 2013 - AP
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May 25, 2013 - AP
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May 3, 2013 - CD
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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.
Napravnik, born February 9, 1988 in Morristown, New Jersey, burst on to the racing scene in 2005 when she made her first career start a winning one aboard Ringofdiamonds. In 2006, she captured all four riding titles at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park and was runner-up as the nation’s top apprentice. She has won the Fair Grounds riding title three consecutive times (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13), each year finishing atop the rider standings by at least 31 wins.
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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Three-year-old is by Kitten’s Joy who won this event in the fastest ever renewal in 2004 and comes off a tough loss in the American Derby over a mile and three sixteenths here last month when closing just too late and. Colt has now finished second in his last four starts for trainer Mike Maker who wins with 21% of his runners on grass and with 13% in graded stakes. Bay posted a five furlong work in 59 4/5 a week ago at the Churchill Training Center and, with a decent early pace expected and with extra distance in his favor, can be a serious threat under Rosie Napravnik who has won with 27% of her mounts for the barn in the last 60 days.