Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their second stakes victory of the fall meet when their homebred Kitten Kaboodle broke her maiden with a 4 3/4-length victory in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3).
“She’s in good shape,” Baldo Hernandez, assistant to trainer Chad
Brown, said Thursday morning. “This filly is coming along really well.”
The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine marked Kitten Kaboodle’s stakes debut in
her third career race. She made her first two starts at Saratoga, where
she ran second both times, including a runner-up finish to Candy Kitten on Aug. 18. Candy Kitten was fourth in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine.
Now Kitten Kaboodle is headed to the Breeders’ Cup World
Championships, as are three other 2-year-olds the Ramseys own. They
include Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner We Miss Artie, who is
trained by Todd Pletcher. First for Kitten Kaboodle is a probably
Thursday return trip to Brown’s base at Belmont Park, Hernandez said.
By the Ramseys’ wildly successful stallion, Kitten’s Joy, Kitten
Kaboodle is the fourth foal out of the Grand Slam mare Easy Slam.
Seventh in the 2005 Darley Alcibiades (G2), Easy Slam was consigned to
the 2006 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where the Ramseys
purchased her for $45,000.
Trainer Rusty Arnold reported that JPMorgan Chase Jessamine runner-up Zinzay was “a little bit tired this morning, but came back well” after her stakes debut.
“You are always disappointed to lose as the favorite,” Arnold said of
Zinzay, who was making her second start. “I was concerned going into
the race because she was facing a pretty solid group of fillies.
“She only had the one start and everything went great. She laid
second and came on to win. Yesterday she got bumped at the break and
bumped in the first turn, but that’s racing. She was clearly second
There is a possibility Zinzay could go to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
“It is the owner’s decision and I will be talking with Richard Hogan
(racing manager for Nat Rea’s Regis Racing), who picked her out,” Arnold
said. “She has done a lot already, winning her first out and placing
second in a Grade 3. If she does not go to the Breeders’ Cup, I’d say
she’s done for the year, which I don’t think is a bad thing. I think she
will improve as a 3-year-old. She is kind of a slight filly and she
will have time to fill out.”
Starlight Racing’s Candy Kitty, who finished fourth, also exited the
race in good order according to Byron Hughes, assistant to trainer Todd
Pletcher. Hughes said the filly would remain at Keeneland for the time
being with her next start to be determined.