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July 13, 2013 - Cnl
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May 18, 2013 - AP
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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.
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.
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
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