Arlington Million

Race History

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July 13, 2013 - Cnl

Kitten's Joy


1 1/2 Miles (T)3ChartReplay (Choose July 13 Race 5)

May 18, 2013 - AP

Allowance


1 1/16 Miles (T)2ChartReplay

Connections

Wesley Ward

Trainer

Wesley Ward was born March 3, 1968, in Selah, Wash. He and his wife Kimberly have three children -  Riley, Jack and Denae. Son of Washington trainer Dennis Ward, Ward was Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1984 when he won 335 races and more than $5 million in purses.  Ward retired from the saddle in 1989 because of weight problems and assisted his father before going out on his own. 

E. T. Baird

Jockey

Son of the late rider Robert L. (Bobby) Baird. His brother Billy, a former rider, is employed as a valet at the Chicago tracks. Eddie made his riding debut at Hawthorne Race Course on November 25, 1985, aboard Navy Gloves. As an apprentice, he won the 1986 Hawthorne riding title with a then-record 103 wins.He was co-winner (with David Nuesch) of the 1986 Eric Beitia Memorial Award, given annually to New York’s top apprentice jockey. Traveled to Hong Kong in Dec.

Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Owner

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.

Pedigree

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.  

Amen Kitten's dam is the winning Pulpit mare Crumbs of Comfort, a mare whose strong female lines trace back to 1967 Champion 3-Year-Old and 1981 Champion Broodmare Natashka (by Dedicate).  Though Crumbs of Comfort is by a predominately dirt sire, her pedigree is almost all European class.  Famous names in there include champions Sir Ivor, The Minstrel and the immensely talented Selkirk - one of the best milers in Europe in the 1990s.  As a broodmare sire, Pulpit his starting to show his colors, including 2012 Grade I Ashland Stakes winner (and conqueror of Stephanie's Kitten in that race) Karlovy Vary. In summation, Amen Kitten is turf class on top of turf class with a lot of 10 to 12-furlong influences.

 

Analysis by Michael Adolphson
michael.adolphson@arlingtonpark.com  

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Starter Analysis

Gelding comes off a third place finish at Colonial Downs in July in a stakes named after his sire Kitten’s Joy when making his first start after a short break and has won one of his ten starts on grass. Trainer Wesley Ward wins with 10% of his runners in graded stakes and with 17% of his starters on turf and gelding can be trying to make late progress with E T Baird up but appears to be well below the best in here.

11 Amen Kitten 30-1