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!