Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Kitten Kaboodle
found room on the
rail at the head of the stretch and spurted clear to win the 23rd running
of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies by
4 3/4 lengths over favored Zinzay before a sun-splashed Wednesday
afternoon crowd of 12,186 at Keeneland.
The victory earned Kitten Kaboodle a berth in the $1 million
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Alan Garcia, Kitten Kaboodle
covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:44.01. It marked
first victory in the race for Brown and Garcia and the third for the
Ramseys, who owned Word Puzzle in 2000 and Bail Out Becky in 1994 when
the race was known as the Green River Stakes.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy out of the Grand Slam mare
Easy Slam, Kitten Kaboodle won for the first time in three starts after
finishing second in two outings at Saratoga. Wednesday’s check of
$90,000 improved Kitten Kaboodle’s bankroll to $124,000.
Garcia kept Kitten Kaboodle on the inside in the early running as Zip
On set the pace uncontested through fractions of :23.15, :46.98 and
1:12.54. Approaching the head of the stretch, Zip On veered a bit to the
outside, leaving a huge opening next to the rail that Garcia exploited.
Kitten Kaboodle collared Zip On at the eighth pole and drew off to
equal the largest margin of victory in the race, a margin shared with
Laragh (2007) and Ocean Drive (2002).
Kitten Kaboodle returned $9.40, $5 and $3. Zinzay, ridden by Joe
Rocco Jr., returned $3.60 and $2.80 and finished a half-length in front
of Courtesan, who paid $3.60 to show under Irad Ortiz Jr.
Candy Kitty finished a half-length back in fourth and was followed in
order by Runway Giant, Zip On, Academic Probation, Shanon Nicole, Pretty
Fancy and Richies Party Girl.