Admiral Kitten to Run in American St. Leger

Admiral Kitten to Run in American St. Leger
Photo: Jon Durr/Eclipse Sportswire

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Admiral Kitten is now expected to compete in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger at Arlington International Racecourse for trainer Mike Maker.  Originally reported to be aimed at the Grade II Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine in lieu of the International Festival of Racing, the son of Kitten’s Joy is now expected to run at the Chicagoland oval.

Excellent over Arlington’s lawn, the bay 4-year-old colt was last seen finishing a nose second in the Grade III Arlington Handicap behind Donegal Racing’s expected Grade I Arlington Million starter Finnegans Wake.  Last year, Admiral Kitten won the Grade I Secretariat Stakes - the marquee victory of his 15-race career - on Million Day.  Though unsuccessful in his only try at a marathon distance in the Grade II Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March, he does have a sterling record at Arlington - finishing first or second in all four starts - all in graded stakes.

Maker will be well represented on Million Day.  He also trains Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Moro Tap, who is expected to be entered in the American St. Leger after a wide and unlucky trip saw him finish fourth in the course prep, the Grade III Stars and Stripes on July 12 over 1½-miles (3/16ths of a mile shorter than the American St. Leger).  The Kentucky-based conditioner also has General Jack for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes.  A winner last out in the Listed Centaur Stakes at Indiana Grand, he is co-owned by Thomas Conway.  While Robby Albarado is expected to ride Moro Tap and General Jack, Julien Leparoux is booked to ride Admiral Kitten and has ridden the charge in two of his four victories.

 “Everybody’s doing great,” Maker reported on Saturday morning.  “Mr. Ramsey had Charming Kitten in the St. Leger, but he got hurt - so they wanted to run (Admiral Kitten).”  As far as his improving sophomore General Jack - a well bred son of Giant’s Causeway out of multiple graded turf stakes winner J’ray - Maker seems very confident.  “He’s on top of his game.”  The conditioner confirmed that the three horses would arrive on Friday, the day prior to the Festival.

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