2017/11/03 14:25
HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Stephanie's Kitten

  • Jockey
    J. Velazquez
  • Trainer
    W. Catalano
  • Owner
    Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
  • Breeder
    Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
  • Sire
    Kitten's Joy
  • Dam
    Unfold the Rose

Stephanie’s Kitten was one of the toughest and most successful horses ever to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A homebred daughter of Kitten's Joy owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Stephanie’s Kitten joined Zenyatta and Beholder as the only horses to win two different Breeders’ Cup races in 2015. The strapping bay with a crooked blaze got her first taste of Breeders’ Cup glory in 2011 when she captured the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano. After finishing third in the Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in 2013, Stephanie’s Kitten went to the sidelines. She returned to action in the spring of 2014 with new trainer Chad Brown. By September, Stephanie’s Kitten was back to her winning ways with a triumph in the 2014 Flower Bowl. In her next start, she was the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita. Two days later, Stephanie’s Kitten was in the sales ring at Fasig-Tipton Co.’s Lexington, Ky. venue. Her owner and breeder Ken Ramsey was willing to sell her, but only for a fantastic price. The final bid of $3.95 million was not enough, so Ramsey kept her for his racing stable. In her first start of 2015, the 6-year-old mare won Tampa Bay Downs’ Hillsborough Stakes (G3) March 7. She went winless in her next three starts prior to the “Win and You’re In” Flower Bowl at Belmont Park. Stephanie’s Kitten rounded back into her Grade 1 winning form Oct. 3 when she earned a repeat victory in the Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Still, the crowd at Keeneland and bettors sent her away at nearly 8-1 in the 1 3/16 miles Filly & Mare Turf against nine rivals, including odds-on favorite and multiple Group 1 winner Legatissimo from Ireland. Under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Stephanie’s Kitten was content to stay back in last place during the first six furlongs of the race before gradually moving inside on the far turn. Then Ortiz shifted the bay mare into high gear, splitting horses in the lane, taking a clear advantage in the stretch, and holding off Legatissimo 1 ¼ length behind and stopping the clock in 1:56.22. "I broke from the outside, so I was trying to save some ground," Ortiz said. "I found a hole to go through around the quarter pole and then when I asked her, she just took off." “What a jockey, what a trainer, what a mare what a way to go out in a blaze of glory,” was how Ken Ramsey summed it up. Two days later, Stephanie’s Kitten was sold by the Ramseys to Northern Farm in Japan for $2.8 million. She finished her career with 11 wins in 25 starts and earnings of more than $4.29 million.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 31, 2015Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfKEENELAND11
October 03, 2015Flower Bowl S.BELMONT PARK11
August 15, 2015Beverly D. S.ARLINGTON12
July 25, 2015Diana S.SARATOGA15
June 05, 2015New York S.BELMONT PARK24
March 07, 2015Hillsborough S.TAMPA BAY DOWNS31
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 01, 2014Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfSANTA ANITA PARK12
September 27, 2014Flower Bowl S.BELMONT PARK11
August 16, 2014Beverly D. S.ARLINGTON12
July 19, 2014TVG Diana S.SARATOGA12
June 07, 2014Longines Just a Game S.BELMONT PARK15
April 12, 2014Jenny Wiley S.KEENELAND18
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
July 27, 2013Diana S.SARATOGA13
June 08, 2013Longines Just a Game S.BELMONT PARK11
May 04, 2013Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. presented by LonginesCHURCHILL DOWNS21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 13, 2012Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S.KEENELAND16
August 19, 2012Woodford Reserve Lake Placid S.SARATOGA21
July 25, 2012Lake George S.SARATOGA24
May 04, 2012Edgewood S.CHURCHILL DOWNS 1
April 07, 2012Central Bank Ashland S.KEENELAND13
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 04, 2011Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies TurfCHURCHILL DOWNS21
October 07, 2011Darley Alcibiades S.KEENELAND11
September 17, 2011Natalma S.WOODBINE33
August 05, 2011 ARLINGTON 1
July 09, 2011 ARLINGTON 3