By Catie Staszak
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Deanaallen’skitten stormed home to take the $125,000 Tiara Stakes Saturday afternoon, besting a field of 11 fillies and mares to claim the fifth of eight Claiming Crown races being held at Gulfstream Park.
The six-year-old chestnut mare by Kitten’s Joy out of Miss Carmella (IRE) ran as a heavy favorite should, holding off Rock On Baby by three-quarters of a length after making a bold move while six-wide around the far turn. She covered the 1 1/16 mile distance on the turf in 1:42.12 for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano and paid $3.80 for the win.
Ramsey was full of praise for Castellano, calling the ride by Gulfstream’s leading rider of the last two years, “well executed.”
“I was a little bit worried about being back too far, but [Castellano] timed it perfectly,” Ramsey said. “She won going away, and I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Deanaallen’skitten was 12 lengths off the lead and had just one horse beat early, but Castellano said it was all part of the plan.
“I had a beautiful trip,” he said. “She’s a come-from-behind horse. That’s the way she likes to run. Mr. Brown and myself, we both agreed to take advantage and let the speed go, then circle around the horses and let her run. It worked out great.”
Brown said Deanaallen’skitten had been training well coming into the race, and he was confident in his horse’s chances. However, plans for the mare going forward have yet to be determined.
“She’s six years old, getting ready to turn seven, so I’ll have to talk to Mr. Ramsey [to see] if this is possibly her last race. Maybe he’ll want her to go on to be a broodmare now, or he may want to race her at age seven. That’s going to be his call.”
For now, Ramsey is content to soak in his mare’s win today and enjoy the special event that is the Claiming Crown.
“I enjoy the Claiming Crown, because they put a lot of work and effort into it, and it’s kind of the blue collar guy’s turn,” he said. “Although they say, ‘Ramsey’s not blue collar now,’ they didn’t come any bluer than me a few years back. I got fortunate and ended up making a little bit of money selling my telephone business, and I plowed it back into horse racing, something I love. It turned out well, and I can’t complain. Life is good.”
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