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Breeders' Cup 2017

Plans Finalized for Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution

After Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution took to the turf to breeze five furlongs in company on Saturday at Belmont Park, trainer Chad Brown confirmed his plans to run both horses in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on September 28.

 

Big Blue Kitten, winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, was clocked in 1:02.39, one hundredth of a second slower than Real Solution, was promoted to victory via disqualification in the Grade 1 Arlington Million. Both the Sword Dancer and the Arlington Million were held on August 17.

 

"I'm planning on running them both. It's not ideal, but we're just going to have to go with it," said Brown. "I didn't want to run them together until the Breeders' Cup, but my hands are a bit tied. Hopefully, one of them wins. The timing of the race should set them up for the Breeders' Cup, and with not having to ship for your race right before the Breeders' Cup perhaps it won't be as hard of a race on them."

 

On the main track, John D. Gunther's Last Gunfighter breezed five furlongs in 1:02.24. He will make his Grade 1 debut on Saturday in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, Brown said. Last Gunfighter has won seven of his past eight starts, including the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin on August 18 at Monmouth Park.

 

"He's been a very consistent horse," said Brown. "He's going to need to come with his career-best race. He's not Grade 1 tested, but he's been a very consistent horse at the level he's been running. He's going to have to take a big step forward, I think."

 

Brown added that Readtheprospectus exited his triumph in the Spite the Devil overnight stakes on Wednesday in good shape and that the Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence color-bearer likely will make his next start in the $250,000 Empire Classic on October 19. The New York-bred has won seven straight races.

 

"He ran really good, considering the layoff and having to carry 123 pounds," said Brown. "We were using it as a prep for the Empire Classic, and carrying that much weight off a layoff against some hard-knockers I thought he was vulnerable to maybe have his win streak disrupted, but I was very impressed with his race."

 

Also on the worktab was 2012 Grade 1 Garden City winner Samitar, who breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:01.77. In her most recent start, she won the Speed Boat overnight stakes on September 1 at Saratoga Race Course. Brown said she will make her next start in either the Grade 1 First Lady on October 5 at Keeneland or the Grade 3 Athenia on October 12 at Belmont.

 


 

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Both of these horses have automatic entries into the BC Turf by virtue of winning "win and your in" challenge races. Big Blue Kitten for winning the G1 United Nations and Real Solution for winning the G1 Arlington Million, albeit by a DQ. That knocks out about $40,000 in entry fees for both horses in the BC Turf. If I'm Kenneth Ramsey I'm taking advantage of that and pointing both of these horses for Santa Anita. Nothing ventured, nothing capital gained!!

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