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June 7, 2014 - Bel
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Man o' War
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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.
Javier Castellano was born October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela. Castellano began his riding career in La Rinconada and Santa Rita racetracks (Venezuela). In June 1997 moved to the United States where rode at race tracks in southern Florida until 2001 when he moved to race on the New York State racing circuit.
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 returns to defend his 2013 Million title, awarded via the disqualification of The Apache. Real Solution thereby took home 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.
A homebred campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Kitten's Joy stands at the family farm near Nicholasville, Kentucky, and he has rewarded their faith in him by becoming the leading sire of 2013. On Million Day last year, the Ramseys celebrated a Grade 1 triple with sons of Kitten's Joy, thanks to Real Solution; Admiral Kitten, who garnered the Secretariat; and Big Blue Kitten, who became a multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire by capturing the Sword Dancer at Saratoga. Daughters of Kitten's Joy have likewise excelled in the Ramsey silks, including multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Stephanie's Kitten (a Beverly D. pre-entrant) and 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup heroine Kitten's Dumplings. Kitten's Joy is responsible for two American St Leger pre-entrants as well: the Ramseys' Admiral Kitten and Team Block's homebred Suntracer, the runner-up in last year's edition.
Real Solution is the first registered foal from the winning Pulpit mare Reachfortheheavens, who comes from the family of 2007 American Derby victor Lattice; Grade 2 winners Sign and Vexed; 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, Corinthian and recent Belmont Derby Invitational star Mr Speaker, and daughters of the caliber of Rutherienne, Mi Sueno and Fiftyshadesofhay. Pulpit is the paternal grandsire of reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome, and he appears as the broodmare sire of Departing, Newsdad, Karlovy Vary and Size.
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Winner of the 2013 Million has not been seen since winning the Manhattan Stakes over ten furlongs at Belmont in early June when showing good acceleration in the stretch to defeat solid performers Kaigun and Seek Again. Five-year-old's worst career effort came when unplaced behind the top selection in the Breeders' Cup Turf last year but was compromised by starting from the widest post there and may be better suited to today's distance over which he has won two of three outings. Son of excellent turf sire Kitten's Joy posted a bullet five furlong work on the grass at Saratoga in 59 4/5 in late July for trainer Mike Maker who wins with 29% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and with 18% of his starters in graded stakes. Bay can be running into contention from off the pace with leading turf rider Javier Castellano remaining aboard.