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2014 Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream

Kitten’s Joy Stakes

Kitten's JoyOn Sunday, January 19th we have the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park up for consideration. Named after Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy, this race is set at 1 1/16 mile over the turf and will host a field of 10 registered Florida bred 3 year olds. Kitten’s Joy was an accomplished race horse who had 9 wins out of 14 starts primarily on the turf. More impressive are the amount of winning horses this horse has sired. As of 2013, Kitten’s Joy has produced 38 stakes winners (36 of which were bred by the Ramseys). Every year since his progeny began running, he has had at least one starter in every Breeders’ Cup, including the winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Stephanie’s Kitten. Now let’s dive into this year’s Kitten’s Joy Stakes and see what we can find.

$100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes

We Miss ArtieOut of the 10 horses entered into this race, We Miss Artie is the morning line favorite at 5/2. We Miss Artie ran a disappointing 7th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. His connections have decided to bring him back to running on the turf where he has fared well in the past. He broke maiden on the turf at Saratoga back in August, winning by 3 lengths over 1 1/16 mile. He followed that up with a 6th place finish in the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, then moved off of the grass and won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. I am sure that he will put on a great show in this race, but I’m not convinced he will win it. For value, I’m going with Cabo Cat at 5 to 1 on the ML. Another one of Kitten’s Joy’s babies, Cabo Cat has the preferred running style to win this race. He ran 2nd in the Grade 3 Dania Beach making the late run and I feel he will make his daddy proud in the Kitten’s Joy. For a longshot, I like Go Go Romeo at 20 to 1. He has comparable speed figures to everyone in this race and should also make a late charge that could put him in the money or better. He’s a little out-classed, but his works look good and I believe he is ready to step up here. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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