Grade 1 hat-trick for homebred Kitten's Joy
KEN and Sarah Ramsey could hardly have enjoyed a more successful - or eventful - afternoon on Saturday had it been orchestrated by a Hollywood scriptwriter, as their homebred stallion Kitten's Joy sired three fellow homebred Grade 1 winners in under two hours.
It was the third and final result which provided the nail-biting twist to proceedings as four-year-old colt Real Solution was pipped to the line by Mike de Kock's runner The Apache in the 1m2f Arlington Million, only for the result to be reversed in post production following a stewards' inquiry.
Events earlier in the afternoon had stuck to the original script, as first Big Blue Kitten doubled his top-flight tally when landing the 1m4f Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes at Saratoga, before Admiral Kitten made a foot-perfect debut in Grade 1 company to post a one and a quarter length victory in Arlington's 1m2f Secretariat Stakes - a race won by his sire in 2004 - just ten minutes later.
Kitten's Joy is one of two Grade 1 winners for the Lear Fan mare Kitten's First after his younger sibling Precious Kitten, a daughter of Catienus, won three top-flight events at and around the mile mark.
Their Broad Brush half-sister collected a brace of Listed wins during her career, and has excelled at stud producing four winners including Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Dreaming Of Anna and dual Grade 2 scorer Lewis Michael.
Kitten's joy stands at his owners' Ramsey Farm alongside Catienus in Nicholasville, Kentucky.