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It's A Kitten's World in the Secretariat

Admiral Kitten 615 X 400
Photo: Four Footed Fotos

The familiar silks of Ken and Sarah Ramsey found their way into the Arlington Park winner’s circle for yet another grade I win as Admiral Kitten closed strongly to score an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Genannadi Dorochenko trained 97-1 bomb, Golden Jason led the Secretariat field through a quarter mile in 24.4 and half mile in 49.4 as Rydilluc pressed on the outside under Edgar Prado.  The 2-1 favorite Jack Milton suffered yet another tough trip while being wide around the first turn which forced him to make a premature move early on to establish position.  Golden Jason began to fade after running the first 6 furlongs in 1:14.1, Stormy Len made a ferocious move to the lead at the top stretch as they reached the mile in 1:38.13. Jack Milton under Joel Rosario made his move in between horses but didn’t have the turn of foot to stay with Stormy Len.  Admiral Kitten made a bold and determined move in the stretch under the faithful hands of the “female sensation” Rosie Napravnik to run right by the gutsy Stormy Len and go on to a strong 1 ¼ length Secretariat win. Stormy Len finished 2nd, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of the favorite Jack Milton. Admiral Kitten paid $12.40 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show.

The Secretariat score gave Admiral Kitten his 3rd win and only his first victory as a 3 year old. The win gave his jockey Rosie Napravnik yet another grade I triumph.  Rosie said “We were able to sit back and relax, that’s kind of the horse’s style. We got a clear trip around the second turn and he was just finishing fast. He’s very classy horse, very laid back, very enjoyable to ride.  Trainer Mike Maker said “After four second-place finishes we were due for a good trip one of these times. He had lost ground to the winners in those races and Rosie saved ground on both turns here, and he came with his run. It worked out that Rosie was available.

A disappointed Joel Rosario (rider of the favorite Jack Milton 3rd place finisher)  said “He broke slow, and I had to rush a little bit to get position. Then we steadied a little bit turning for home, but he ran his race once we were going. With a better break we’d have done better. It hurts your momentum to have to use him up early and not relax.

Horse racing has turned into a Ken and Sarah Ramsey's world and we’re just living in it. The dominance in graded stakes this year by the Ramsey’s and their superstar stallion Kitten’s Joy proved to be even stronger today. Not only did the Ramsey’s and their beloved Kitten’s Joy team up to produce a Secretariat win they also won the grade I Sword Dancer at Saratoga with yet another Kitten, this one being a “Big Blue Kitten.”

As the season rolls towards the Breeders’ Cup, and as more grade I races come one thing can be sure Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Admiral Kitten, heck, all of the Kittens will be a force to reckon with!

 

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Coalport also won yesterday...and there might have been one in Europe! :) Today he has Politicallycorrect in the Longacres Mile...
Not likely! My memory's not that bad yet.
Kitten's Joy is making us forget about Dynaformer!
Very strong score for yet another Kitten. Well deserved win and wonderful ride by Rosie.

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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.


My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.


I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.