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US Champ Kitten's Joy Retired To Stud

Wednesday, 28th September 2005

In the US, Ken Ramsey's 4YO stallion Kitten's Joy (champion turf male of 2004 & a leading contender for the US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont Park on October 29) "has been retired due to damaged cartilage in his left knee & will enter stud at Ramsey Farm in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Ramsey announced: "We're going to stand him at a fee so all the little breeders can get to him. I'm hopeful he'll be able to breed me a Gr1 Melbourne Cup or Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner!" Kitten's Joy (El Prado-Kitten's First, by Lear Fan) "showed signs of discomfort a few days after a September 12 workout at Belmont Park"; he had undergone "arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his left knee at the end of his 2004 campaign" & trainer Dale Romans said "the wear & tear took its toll on the cartilage in the knee". After finishing 5th in his career debut over 5 furlongs on dirt at Saratoga in August 2003, Kitten's Joy never finished worse than 2nd again; overall he recorded 9 wins (six graded stakes races as a 3YO last year, including the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park & Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park) in 14 starts & earned US$2,075,791. In his only 2 starts in 2005, he won the Gr2 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs & then finished 2nd in the Gr1 Arlington Million Stakes in August.

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