Ramsey chasing Breeders' Cup joy

The hottest owner in American racing will look to add to his success in the Breeders' Cup.

Ken Ramsey, who, along with his wife Sarah, is the leading owner in North America this year with more than $10.6 million in earnings, will start six horses in the Breeders' Cup. All of them are by Kitten's Joy.

Ramsey campaigned Kitten's Joy, a champion turf horse who retired in 2005, and had he been based in Europe Kitten's Joy would have been a hot stallion prospect, but Americans normally want no part of grass horses when it comes to their breeding decisions.

Ramsey maintained full interest in the stallion and bought his own broodmare band. The end result is that Kitten's Joy is now among the top sires in the world.

"Nobody wanted to breed to a long distance turf horse, even if he was an Eclipse Award winning champion and had a great race record," Ramsey said.

"They are prejudiced against those kinds of horses and I guess that's because the American Classics, the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, are all run on dirt."

Ramsey has won an amazing 24 stakes races this year with offspring of Kitten's Joy and 18 different Ramsey-owned 'Kitten's' have won stakes. With the Breeders' Cup coming up, he figures he's far from done.

"It's sort of like eating popcorn and Cracker Jack, the more you eat the more you want," he said.

Ramsey could have had a seventh Breeders' Cup starter, a son of Artie Schiller named We Miss Artie, but he would have to run against Ramsey's Bobby's Kitten in the Juvenile Turf.

The owner won't take the chance that he might beat a son of Kitten's Joy with one of his own horses. Besides, he doesn't think anyone can beat Bobby's Kitten.

"I think he's the best Kitten's Joy that I have," Ramsey said. "He's got more turn of foot and more tactical speed than the old man himself."

He also plans to start Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution (one of the few Kitten's Joy's not named Kitten something or other) in the Turf. He'll have Kitten Kaboodle and Granny Mc's Kitten in the Juvenile Filly Turf. Queen Elizabeth II winner Kitten's Dumpling will go in the Filly & Mare Turf.

Ramsey has won two Breeders' Cup races, the 2009 Dirt Mile with Furthest Land and the 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Stephanie's Kitten.

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