Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Kitten’s Dumplings, winner of the Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day, collected her second stakes win of the Spring Meet when she
cruised to a 2 ¼-length victory over Praia in the $113,900 Regret (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
The Regret, which
honors the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby in 1915, was one of
five graded stakes races run under the lights Saturday as part of
Churchill Downs’ “Downs After Dark Presented by
Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka”
nighttime racing program.
Ridden by Joel Rosario
and trained by the Spring Meet’s leading trainer Mike Maker
, Kitten’s Dumplings completed the 1 1/8 miles on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:48.41.
Dumplings, a bay daughter of Kitten’s Joy out of the Grand Slam mare
Granny Franny, raced near the back of the field while Eden Prairie
led the field of 11 3-year-old fillies through fractions
of :23, :46.98 and 1:11.72. Odds-on favorite at 3-5, Kitten’s Dumplings
moved toward the leaders on the far turn and then swung five-wide
entering the stretch. She made the lead nearing the eighth-pole and then
drew off with little urging by Rosario.
Kitten’s Dumplings paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20. Praia finished well to be second best under Alan Garcia
and returned $7.80 and $5.20 with Oscar Party
, under Norberto Arroyo Jr.
three-quarters of a length back in third and returning $5.20 to show.
Broken Spell finished fourth and was followed in order by Miss Squeal
, Beverage Queen
, Seaneen Girl
, Abbey Street
, Eden Prairie, Miss Lucky Sevens
collected $66,381 for Saturday’s win and increased her bankroll to
$313,262. She has four wins and one second from nine career starts.
The win was the 23rd
of the meet for the Ramseys, who are seeking their record-extending 19th
leading-owners title at the Louisville racetrack.
The record for wins by an owner in a single meet at Churchill Downs is 27, which was set by A.J. Foyt III
during the 93-day Spring/Summer Meet of 1984.
Ken Ramsey, owner of Kitten’s Dumplings, winner:
“This looks like a Breeders’ Cup filly on down the line. We’ve got
several places to go from here. I haven’t nailed it down yet. She looks
like a good one.”
Q. You’re leading the owners standings again…
“This makes 23 wins. The old record (for a Spring Meet) was 21 and we
broke it. Jennie Rees (of the Courier-Journal) told me the record was 27
for a 90-something
day meet and this is a 30-something (38) day meet. So, we’re going to
try to break the record for all-time. We’ve only got to get five more
for 28. We’re after ‘em.” (Note: A.J. Foyt III holds the record for
owner wins in a meet with 27 victories during the
93-day Spring/Summer Meet in 1984.)
Mike Maker, trainer of Kitten’s Dumplings, winner:
“The sky’s the limit. We’ve always had high hopes for her. She’s
sometimes her own worst enemy. She has a lot of high-strung energy. I’d
like to win the Queen Elizabeth
Phil Bauer, assistant to Kenny McPeek, trainer of Praia, runner-up:
“We’re thrilled. She’s a nice filly and now she has graded stakes black
type. That’s what we ran in the race for. She seems to be an improving
who’s found her forte on the grass.”