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Current Odds: 30-1
Aug. 7, 2013 - Del
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Gennadi Dorochenko was born March 14, 1959 in Krasnodar, Russia. He began his career as a jockey in his native Russia in 1976 and for a time was employed by trainer Nikolai Nasibov, a leading horsemen there. He also rode for a time in Poland in 1989-90. He came to the United States to ride in 1993 and knew very little English at the time. He only won 13 races over seven years of riding in the U.S.
Julio Felix was born in New York on Feb. 6, 1967, while his father was stationed there during his time in the U.S. Army. The family is originally from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and returned there when Felix was very young. Although Felix had never been around horses, his best friend was a jockey and encouraged him to learn to ride. He started riding when he was about 15 years old.
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.
[Check out this video of Kitten's Joy destroying the Turf Classic field with a closing quarter in :22 1/5.]
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.
Unlike a lot of Kitten's Joy's winning offspring - whose dams were purchased in bulk when the Ramseys retired him to stud - Golden Jason is out of a mare bred and owned by the Ramseys - their New York-bred star On the Bus. A winner of New York-bred turf stakes three consecutive years, the daughter of Secretariat Stakes winner Ghazi earned nearly $350k and excelled from 8 to 11 furlongs on the lawn.
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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Another son of Kitten’s Joy showed speed when third in his latest at Delaware over a mile in his second career try on grass and is also trained by Gennadi Dorochenko. Three-year-old was not a factor in the Jersey Derby in his one previous start against stakes competition on grass but drew the inside post and may be a brief pace factor with Julio Felix in the saddle.