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Big Blue Kitten Puts Finishing Touches on Sword Dancer Preparations

Grade 1 winner Big Blue Kitten put in his final major tune-up for the Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational with a five-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track turf course Sunday morning.

 

Trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Big Blue Kitten worked in company with Real Solution, both horses timed in 1:00.40 according to NYRA clockers.

 

"They have worked together in the past, but I don't necessarily work them together every week," Brown said. "I try to match my horses up together based on if they complement each other. These horses are very similar - Grade 1-caliber, long-distance grass horses.

 

"They worked good," said Brown. "Big Blue Kitten has never been a good work horse, but he runs well. Real Solution, on the other hand, is a good work horse as well as being a good racehorse. It doesn't surprise me when we work them together that Real Solution always has a little bit more. For both horses, it was their normal work."

 

The 1 ½-mile Sword Dancer will be run on August 17. New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo will come in to ride Big Blue Kitten, who won the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park in his most recent start.

 

"He got along with the horse so well the only two times he rode him at Monmouth, I pretty much leave [the tactics] up to him," Brown said.

 

Also breezing on the turf for Brown was Grade 1 winner Samitar, who went a half-mile in 47.98 seconds in company with Dream Peace. Brown said Samitar is probable for the Grade 2, $250,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa on August 24.

 

Balance the Books, scratched from the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame stakes on August 9 when it came off the turf, was entered in the $100,000 Stroll overnight stakes on Wednesday.

 

"We entered to take a look at the race," Brown said. "If you wait for the Saranac [Grade 3, $150,000, September 1] and it rains again or the horse gets hurt, you end up not running anywhere. I'm going to take a look at the race, see how he's training. It's supposed to rain again on Tuesday, so we'll see. He is ready to run."

 

 

 

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