Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Gorgeous Kitten heads a field of seven sophomores looking to establish themselves in the 3-year-old turf division in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 American Derby at Arlington International Racecourse. The American Derby is slated to be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Arlington turf course and is one of four Grade III stakes offered on Saturday’s Ride to the Million card presented by Miller Lite.
Trained by Mike Maker, Gorgeous Kitten is still in search of his first stakes score, but he acquitted himself admirably behind runaway winner Cowboy Culture in the Grade III Arlington Classic on the local lawn on May 27. The son of Kitten’s Joy has only missed the board once in four lifetime turf starts and earned a stakes placing on the Polytrack in the Rushaway Stakes on March 25 at Turfway Park. He will be ridden for the first time by Robby Albarado from the rail.
The main challenge to Gorgeous Kitten may come in the form of Lothenbach Stables’ Ian Wilkes-trained Sonic Boom. A minor stakes winner in the Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in March, the son of More Than Ready was recently an impressive front-end winner in allowance company when well backed at 3-5 on the board at Churchill Downs in late May. Julien Leparoux, aboard Sonic Boom in his last three starts, will take the return call from post two.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Hembree will be looking for a form reversal as he gets back on the turf for the first time after two fifth-place finishes on the main track at Churchill Downs for trainer Joe Sharp. Stakes-placed on the grass, the son of Proud Citizen will be ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr. for the first time from post four.
My Bariley (Santo Sanjur, post three), Grand Marais (Mitchell Murrill, post five), Kaliningrad (Carlos Marquez, Jr., post six) and local allowance winner Imposing Will (Julio Felix, post seven) complete the field.
Source: Arlington International Racecourse