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Kitten's Dumplings is the "Queen" of Keeneland

Maybe she didn’t like the trip west. Maybe she didn’t like Del Mar’s turf course. Whatever the case may have been, Kitten’s Dumplings signaled she was back in a huge way by rebounding from a 4th place loss in her last outing to winning the first Grade 1 stakes of her career. Had it not been for that loss, the filly likely would have entered the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup as the favorite, but top billing instead went to Alterite who had become a Grade 1 winner in her first U.S. start last out.
 
 
Patiently ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux, the 3-year old Kitten’s Joy filly was content to languish at the back of the field while front-running Leigh Court carved out brisk fractions on the front end. With Gary Boulanger in the irons, Leigh Court put up the first quarter in 23:27 and maintained that clip to put up the half in 46:56. The daughter of Grand Slam continued to show the way out of the far turn and then spurted clear in the stretch, looking very much like a winner.
 
 
Little did Leigh Court know that the stretch runners were just beginning to unfurl their long legs to commence their stretch drive. Looking confident the entire way, Kitten’s Dumplings roared up the center of the track closely tracking favored Alterite who was also making her move. Moving in tandem, the pair quickly cut into Leigh Court’s lead, but despite the jump Alterite had on Kitten’s Dumplings, it quickly became evident that she was being out-finished by Kitten’s Dumplings. Both fillies swept past the tiring pace setter to cross the wire with Kitten’s Dumplings best by a neck. Caroline Thomas, who began her rally too late, got up just in time to steal third from Leigh Court.
 
 
As the 9-2 second betting choice, Kitten’s Dumplings paid $11.80/$4.60/$3.60 for the win and completed the 1 1/8-mile race in 1.48:43. Alterite returned $3.20/$2.60 for the place, and Caroline Thomas returned $5.20 for the show. Pacesetting Leigh Court held for fourth, and the order of finish was completed by Say, I’m Already Sexy, Emotional Kitten, Sarach, and Concise.
 
 
The quirky filly was permitted to leave the paddock early in order to avoid being part of the cluster in the crowded Keeneland walking ring. Despite getting to the track first, Kitten’s Dumplings was still very much headstrong in front of a record fall meet crowd. Once in the starting gate, though, she quickly settled down to business and showed that the preferential treatment she was granted was worth the trouble. Aided by a quick pace, she once again showed the industry that the Ramseys’ breeding practices, while unconventional by today’s standards, are clearly working.
 
 
Today’s win was Kitten’s Dumplings fourth in eight starts this year. Before dropping the G1 Del Mar Oaks, she had been on a three race win streak with victories in the Edgewood, G3 Regret, and G2 Lake George. The $240,000 winner’s share of the purse bumped up her career earnings to $691,292 in twelve career starts.  

 

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You and me both. Your powers of persuasion talked me on board the Say train.
I knew the Del Mar Oaks was not the real Dumplings ... now if I only bet that way.

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