Stephanie's Kitten best in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
RSS Feeds Monday, November 7, 2011
Stephanie's Kitten stormed home in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, splitting horses to prevail by three-quarters of a length to win her second straight added-money contest. The 2-year-old filly was part of the Eddie Woods consignment at this April's OBS Spring sale.

Stephanie's Kitten was in a good spot, fifth about three lengths off the lead, after a half-mile in a pedestrian :50.55 seconds. The bay filly made her way between horses coming into the stretch, but had to wait for an opening until just inside the furlong marker. When the hole opened, she rocketed through to come home a powerful winner, completing the one mile on a “good” turf course in 1:38.90.

“As soon as I asked her to go in between those other two horses, she responded right away,” winning rider John Velazquez said. “It’s nice when you can ride horses like that. It makes it easy for us.”

“That’s where we should have been today,”  co-owner Ken Ramsey said. “I was worried about her getting through, but when she got through I knew she had a kick.”

The Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred is now 3-0-2 in five starts, earning $817,526. Prior to the Breeders' Cup, she won the Grade 1 Alcibiades S. on Keeneland's Polytrack and was third in the Natalma S. (G3) on the grass at Woodbine.

The winner was bred in Kentucky and is out of the Catienus mare Unfold the Rose, a daughter of the Ramsey's Grade 1 winner Bail Out Becky.