Coalport Questionable for Kitten's Joy; Sacristy to Forward Gal
By Jack Will
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy was America’s Eclipse Award turf champion in 2004 and has since become a highly-successful sire. Kitten’s Joy now has a $100,000 stakes race for 3-year-olds named in his honor to be run Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 1/16th mile on the same turf he won the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) early in his championship season.
Four colts by Kitten’s Joy are nominated to Saturday’s race, two of them Ramsey homebreds in Coalport, trained by Wayne Catalano and Politically Correct, trained by Wesley Ward. Both have previously run at the meet.
Coalport has made all four of his career starts on turf, winning his debut at Arlington Park in September, finishing second by a neck in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland in October and a non-threatening 11thin the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs before a close-up fourth-place effort in the Dania Beach Stakes here on Dec. 18 when beaten only 1 ¾ lengths by the winner.
“He should have won the race,” said Catalano Friday afternoon after saddling 6-year-old mare Cumulonimble to capture the ninth race allowance feature after returning from a 19-month layoff. “He (Coalport) was up too close to the pace. Unfortunately, he’s had a little issue since then and I’m not sure I can make this race. We’ll see.”
The victory Friday was the ninth of the meet for Catalano to bring him into a tie for second in the standings with Nick Canani and Todd Pletcher the runaway leader with 22 victories as he bids for a ninth consecutive Gulfstream training title.
Catalano did confirm Peachtree Stable’s 3-year-old filly Sacristy on target to start next in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) going seven furlongs on Sun., Jan. 29. The daughter of Pulpit breezed an easy half-mile in 52 2/5 Friday morning, “basically a two-minute lick,” according to Catalano. Sacristy was impressive winning the six-furlong Old Hat Stakes (G3) here on New Year’s Day.