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Ramsey Homebreds Target BC Turf

It's on to the Breeders' Cup for Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebreds Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday morning.

 

The stablemates ran against each other for the first time on Saturday, with Big Blue Kitten finishing a nose behind Little Mike in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. Real Solution checked in another length back in third.

 

"They came out of the race good, so far," said Brown. "I thought they both ran very well, and so did the winner. We were just on the wrong end of the bob this time. It happens. I thought we were in front just before the wire and after the wire, but on the wire [Big Blue Kitten] was on the wrong end of it but to a good horse."

 

All three horses are expected to meet up again on November 2 at Santa Anita Park in the Breeders' Cup Turf, a race Little Mike won last year.

 

"If they stay healthy and they train well, I plan on taking them both out there," said Brown. "Hopefully, we get good, cozy draws. Both of these horses have proven now that they are among the top long-distance grass horses in this country. We'll look for the rematch out at Santa Anita."

 

Big Blue Kitten had won his two previous starts, the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park in July and the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational last month at Saratoga Race Course. Jockey Joe Bravo has been aboard for his past four races, including a runner-up finish on June 9 in the Grade 2 Monmouth.

 

"I thought Big Blue Kitten had a good, ground-saving trip, other than the fact that he had to pause momentarily turning for home, which probably cost him the win," said Brown. "Up to then he did save a lot of ground and had clear sailing, but that's turf racing. I thought Joe did a good job making a split-second decision to get himself out of trouble. It was only a momentary pause, but anytime you lose by an inch you probably can say it cost us."

 

Brown said Real Solution had to prove himself at the 1 ½-mile distance before he would consider the Breeders' Cup. In his previous start, he finished second but was elevated to the win via the disqualification of The Apache in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

 

"Real Solution's trip I was a little more concerned with, because he was so wide the whole way," said Brown. "He only got beat a length for the whole thing, and he had to run farther than a length for how wide he was. You're going to have to go around horses at some point, but I felt watching the head-on [replay] that he was quite wide the entire way going a mile and a half. I really needed to see if he could go a mile and a half to go on to the Breeders' Cup. Only getting beat a length going that wide, he earned his right to go out there."

 

Brown is also considering the Breeders' Cup for Grade 3 winner Easter Gift, who was fifth, beaten just 2 ½ lengths, in the Grade 2 Kelso Invitational Handicap. Earlier this year, the Hard Spun colt strung together three consecutive wins, including the Mountainview Handicap in June at Penn National.

 

"Easter Gift had a bad trip. He had a bad post, and he's not crazy about running on the inside of horses," said Brown. "I don't think [Hall of Fame jockey] Mike [Smith] had any choice. Several times he tried to get him off the rail, and there was just nowhere to go. It's more or less a non-effort. The horse looks like he really didn't run much this morning. I don't know what I'll do. I wouldn't rule out taking that horse out to the Dirt Mile. He's the kind of horse that has a big race in him, I think. He's run a couple numbers already that would make him competitive if he runs his very best race going a mile on the dirt."

 

Also for Brown on Saturday, Last Gunfighter finished fifth in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, ahead of three Grade 1 winners in Alpha, Cross Traffic and Kentucky Derby hero Orb.

 

"I'm never happy when I finish fifth in a race, but I would say I'm not disappointed with his effort. He gave me as good a race as he possibly could," said Brown. "It was a tough race and he didn't disgrace himself any. We'll just regroup with him. I have no plans for him yet."

 

 

 

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