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Big Blue Kitten Pounces in Hall of Fame

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Big Blue Kitten rolled into the Grade 2, $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on a four-race win streak, and with a powerful run along the rail in the lane made it five in a row Friday at Saratoga Race Course.

 

The lone runner in the field of seven 3-year-olds who had never previously appeared in a stakes race, the bay son of 2004 Champion Turf Horse Kitten’s Joy went off as the 9-2 third choice in the wagering and won by 1 ¼ lengths. Under leading Saratoga rider John Velazquez, he completed the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:42.91.

 

Big Blue Kitten paid $11 for a $2 win bet. Perregaux, the longest shot on the board at 19-1, ran strongly inside the sixteenth pole and finished second, a half-length in front of Humble and Hungry.

 

In the winner’s circle after the race, a jubilant Kenneth Ramsey reveled in watching a colt that steadily climbed the ladder from $35,000 maiden claimers reach such heights.

 

“We’ve offered this horse for a claiming price three times and no one claimed him,” Ramsey yelled out. “No more claimers!”

 

Trainer Chad Brown, a Mechanicville, N.Y., native who lives in Saratoga Springs, said Ramsey was among his first clients when he took out his trainer’s license in 2007. Even though Big Blue Kitten only won his prior start in an entry-level allowance by a half-length, Brown said the performance convinced him the colt was ready for the big time.

 

“The last start really got my attention,” Brown said. “Johnny told me that horse could have won by five. He had his plan since the last race. He said, ‘Just leave me on the horse.’ He’s been planning this for five weeks. Johnny won the race on the first turn. He got to the fence.”

 

When the gate opened, two-time stakes winner Rustler Hustler set out to the front, dueling with Humble and Hungry as Big Blue Kitten tucked in behind them with the normally front-running favorite Street Game on his outside.

 

Jockey Jose Lezcano took Humble and Hungry back into a stalking position on the backside, and Rustler Hustler cut out the first quarter-mile in 24.42 seconds and a half in 49.12.

 

As the field reached the far turn, Humble and Hungry took another run at Rustler Hustler on the outside. Velazquez, meantime hugged the rail, close to the leaders, with Big Blue Kitten and found a wide-open lane to run through. He overhauled Humble and Hungry and Rustler Hustler at the eighth pole and pulled away.

 

“It was a perfect trip,” Velazquez said. “If I wanted to plan this, it couldn’t have turned out more perfect. We wanted to have somebody in front of us; the horse in front of us stayed in front longer than I thought he would. I got through on the rail, and he made me look like a hero. This horse just seems to get better and better with every race. Every time they ask him to do something different, he does it.”

 

Rustler Hustler finished fourth in the race followed by Crimson China, Benergy and Street Game.

 

With the victory, Big Blue Kitten improved his record to five wins from six starts with earnings of $182,310.

 

 

 

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