Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s
Kitten’s Dumplings, a winner of three consecutive stakes in the East,
will take on nine rivals Saturday in the championship event of the Del
Mar season for three-year-old fillies, the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks
mile and one-eighth on grass.
Kitten’s Dumplings, a daughter of Kitten’s Joy bred by the Ramseys in
Kentucky, is the likely favorite under jockey Mike Smith after
victories in the Edgewood and Regret at Churchill Downs and, most
recently, the Lake George at Saratoga.
Leading the opposition will be Glen Hill Farm’s Wishing Gate, winner
of the San Clemente Handicap July 21; the Ramseys’ Emotional Kitten,
beaten just a half-length by Emollient in the Grade I American Oaks at
Betfair Hollywood Park; Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Doinghardtimeagain, a
disappointment when fourth at odds-on in the restricted Fleet Treat but
an earlier winner of the Hollywood Oaks, and Patricia Generazio’s
Discreet Marq, a winner of two stakes over the Belmont Park turf for
trainer Christophe Clement. The latter won the 2007 Del Mar Oaks with
another invader from the East, Rutherienne.
Other entrants in a strong line-up of fillies are Sarach, Charlie Em,
Need You Now, Pearlside and Unusual Way. On the also-eligible list is