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Kitten's Dumplings is the "Queen" of Keeneland

Maybe she didn’t like the trip west. Maybe she didn’t like Del Mar’s turf course. Whatever the case may have been, Kitten’s Dumplings signaled she was back in a huge way by rebounding from a 4th place loss in her last outing to winning the first Grade 1 stakes of her career. Had it not been for that loss, the filly likely would have entered the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup as the favorite, but top billing instead went to Alterite who had become a Grade 1 winner in her first U.S. start last out.
 
 
Patiently ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux, the 3-year old Kitten’s Joy filly was content to languish at the back of the field while front-running Leigh Court carved out brisk fractions on the front end. With Gary Boulanger in the irons, Leigh Court put up the first quarter in 23:27 and maintained that clip to put up the half in 46:56. The daughter of Grand Slam continued to show the way out of the far turn and then spurted clear in the stretch, looking very much like a winner.
 
 
Little did Leigh Court know that the stretch runners were just beginning to unfurl their long legs to commence their stretch drive. Looking confident the entire way, Kitten’s Dumplings roared up the center of the track closely tracking favored Alterite who was also making her move. Moving in tandem, the pair quickly cut into Leigh Court’s lead, but despite the jump Alterite had on Kitten’s Dumplings, it quickly became evident that she was being out-finished by Kitten’s Dumplings. Both fillies swept past the tiring pace setter to cross the wire with Kitten’s Dumplings best by a neck. Caroline Thomas, who began her rally too late, got up just in time to steal third from Leigh Court.
 
 
As the 9-2 second betting choice, Kitten’s Dumplings paid $11.80/$4.60/$3.60 for the win and completed the 1 1/8-mile race in 1.48:43. Alterite returned $3.20/$2.60 for the place, and Caroline Thomas returned $5.20 for the show. Pacesetting Leigh Court held for fourth, and the order of finish was completed by Say, I’m Already Sexy, Emotional Kitten, Sarach, and Concise.
 
 
The quirky filly was permitted to leave the paddock early in order to avoid being part of the cluster in the crowded Keeneland walking ring. Despite getting to the track first, Kitten’s Dumplings was still very much headstrong in front of a record fall meet crowd. Once in the starting gate, though, she quickly settled down to business and showed that the preferential treatment she was granted was worth the trouble. Aided by a quick pace, she once again showed the industry that the Ramseys’ breeding practices, while unconventional by today’s standards, are clearly working.
 
 
Today’s win was Kitten’s Dumplings fourth in eight starts this year. Before dropping the G1 Del Mar Oaks, she had been on a three race win streak with victories in the Edgewood, G3 Regret, and G2 Lake George. The $240,000 winner’s share of the purse bumped up her career earnings to $691,292 in twelve career starts.  

 

What the Nation is saying about Kitten's Dumplings is the "Queen" of Keeneland...

You and me both. Your powers of persuasion talked me on board the Say train.
I knew the Del Mar Oaks was not the real Dumplings ... now if I only bet that way.

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.