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Kitten’s Dumplings Spends Night at Keeneland

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Dumplings spent the night at Keeneland Saturday after her neck victory in the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1).

“She is going to stay over there a couple days,” trainer Mike Maker said Sunday morning from his home base at Louisville’s Trackside Training Center. “She came out of the race fine.”

Following the race, Ken Ramsey indicated that the three-time graded stakes winner would be pointed to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at 1¼ miles on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“That would be a good option,” said Maker, who has not finalized shipping plans to California. “I am still enjoying yesterday.”

With two wins yesterday, both for the Ramseys, Maker scored his fifth victory of the meet to lead all trainers. He has entries in two races today.

Kitten’s Dumplings is a full sister to the Ramseys’ stakes-winning 2-year-old Granny Mc’s Kitten, who also is headed to the Breeders’ Cup. She is based in New York with trainer Chad Brown.

Brown was at Keeneland Saturday, where he sent out Martin S. Schwartz’s favored Alterite (FR) to run second. The filly came out of the race well, said Brown’s assistant Baldo Hernandez. Winner of the Garden City (G1) in her North American debut and her race prior to the QE II, Alterite is to return to New York today.

Trainer Barclay Tagg was happy with the performance of Caroline Thomas, who closed fast to finish third, beaten a neck and a half-length.

“She’s got a mile and a quarter written all over her, but there are no mile-and-a-quarter races except for the Breeders’ Cup and there are no mile and a quarter preps for that,” Tagg said. “Keeneland has a nice, long stretch that is great for her, but then it was great for the (Ken and Sarah) Ramsey filly (Kitten’s Dumplings), too.”

Tagg said Caroline Thomas would head to Gulfstream Park for the winter.

“If the (Grade 1) Matriarch (Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park) was a mile and a quarter (rather than a mile), I’d be tempted to ship her out there even though it is against older (horses),” Tagg said.

Josie Carroll, trainer of pace-setter Leigh Court, said the fourth-place finisher would remain at Keeneland for another day.

“I am going to talk it over with Mr. (Eugene) Melnyk, but she will get a little time off after a race like that,” Carroll said of Leigh Court, who was trying a mile and an eighth for the first time. “She ran her heart out. I could see at the eighth pole she was getting tired, but she fought back.”

Carroll is looking forward to 2014 with Leigh Court, who has won on dirt, turf and Polytrack.

“Her versatility is so nice,” Carroll said. “I think you will see a lot more of this filly when she gets older and grows up.”

Carroll indicated an early target in 2014 for Leigh Court could be the Jenny Wiley (G1) or Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), both at 1 1/16 miles here in April.

Fifth-place finisher Say (IRE) was transported to nearby Ashford Stud after the race, according to farm manager Dermot Ryan. In an e-mail, Ryan said Say would remain at Ashford and be bred next year with the mating to be determined.

Trainer Wayne Catalano said I’m Already Sexy was fine the morning after her sixth-place finish.

“We had a good trip,” he said. “We had everything we needed. She just didn’t fire.”

Catalano said he’d talked to Anna Seitz of owner Hit The Board Stables to determine the filly’s immediate future.

Trainer Wesley Ward said Emotional Kitten, who finished seventh beaten only three lengths, came out of the race well.

“Looking at the odds, maybe we should have waited for the Grade 3 (the Pin Oak Valley View at 1 1/16 miles on Friday), where I don’t think she’d be 11-1,” Ward said. “But that’s after the fact. When you get an opportunity to run in a Grade 1 race when the horse is doing good, you take a shot.”

Also owned by the Ramseys, Emotional Kitten may head to Churchill Downs next with a possible target being the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 16, according to Ward.

 

 

 

 

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