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Current Odds: 10-1 B. c. 4, by Kitten's Joy - Reachfortheheavens, by Pulpit
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June 8, 2013 - Bel
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Fort Marcy Stakes
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Chad Brown was born 1978 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Brown got into horses at an early age at an upstate New York track. He was an understudy to Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. At the time of the 2007 Breeders' Cup, Frankel returned to Cafifornia to attend to his sick dog and Chad Brown stepped in to take his place, saddling Ginger Punch to a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. In November 2007 Brown went out on his own.
Alan Garcia’s father and grandfather were both professional riders in Garcia’s native Peru. Garcia was named leading apprentice in his country and soon moved to the United States to advance his riding career. In 2008, he won the Belmont Stakes aboard Da’Tara which spoiled Big Brown’s attempt at a Triple Crown.
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.
Real Solution will try to win the trophy that eluded his sire, champion turf horse Kitten's Joy, who was runner-up in the 2005 Arlington Million to Powerscourt (sire of Million rival Finnegans Wake). Kitten's Joy had starred in his only other appearance at Arlington, dominating the 2004 Secretariat Stakes during his Eclipse Award-winning campaign that also featured wins in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Virginia Derby, Crown Royal American Turf, Tropical Park Derby and Palm Beach.
Campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Kitten's Joy stands at the family farm, and he has rewarded their faith in him as a stallion. Like Real Solution, many of his top performers likewise sport the Ramsey silks, including recent United Nations hero Big Blue Kitten; multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Stephanie's Kitten, successful in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Alcibiades as well as the June 8 Just a Game; Kitten's Dumplings, who extended her winning streak to three in the July 24 Lake George; Beverly D. pre-entrant Artemus Kitten; and Secretariat pre-entrants Admiral Kitten and Amen Kitten. Another prominent son of Kitten's Joy, American St Leger pre-entrant Suntracer, races for Team Block. The ill-fated Banned, winner of the 2011 Del Mar Derby and American Turf, and current multiple Grade 3 scorer Csaba have likewise excelled for other owners.
Real Solution is the first registered foal from the winning Pulpit mare Reachfortheheavens, who comes from the family of 2007 American Derby victor Lattice; undefeated Sign, last seen landing the Pocahontas in October; and two-time Peruvian champion grass horse Tunelero. This is the further family of two-time Eclipse Award winner Slew o' Gold and Coastal, who famously upset Spectacular Bid in the 1979 Belmont Stakes.
Pulpit, the 1997 Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass hero, was injured when fourth in the Kentucky Derby in his final start. The regally-bred son of A.P. Indy became a terrific sire, with such sons as Tapit, Sky Mesa, Pyro and Corinthian, and daughters of the caliber of Rutherienne, Mi Sueno and this year's Black-Eyed Susan winner Fiftyshadesofhay. Pulpit already appears as the broodmare sire of Departing, conqueror of the August 3 West Virginia Derby; multiple Grade 2 hero and Keeneland track record-setter Newsdad; and 2012 Ashland queen Karlovy Vary.
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Winner of three of five starts in Italy last year finished well to be beaten just one and three quarter lengths in the Grade One Manhattan Handicap in early June behind Point of Entry and Optimizer in his second North American start for trainer Chad Brown. Son of excellent turf sire and runner-up in the 2005 Million, Kitten’s Joy, posted a five furlong work on the Saratoga turf course in 59 3/5 two weeks ago followed by a five furlong move in 1:00 2/5 six days ago for Brown who wins with 28% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and who wins with 18% of his starters in graded stakes. Four-year-old is improving and has shown some tactical speed and can be running from just off the pace here under Alan Garcia who starting from the inside post.