Gulfstream Today 3.3.2013
Lead: Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred Big Blue Kitten rallied around rivals in the far turn of Sunday’s sixth race optional/allowance test going a mile on turf at Gulfstream Park and edged clear of Just For Fun Stable’s 5-year-old pacesetter Decisive Moment in the deep stretch to score by a half-length.
Ridden by leading jockey Javier Castellano, Big Blue Kitten got a smoother trip than he did last out when finishing a close-up third in the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G2) here on Jan. 12 while Waterford Stable’s 4-year-old Summer Front, the 3-to-2 favorite, experienced trouble in the stretch finishing third, a length behind the runner-up.
“I thought he ran really well,” said winning trainer Chad Brown of Big Blue Kitten. “I passed on running him in a stakes a couple of weeks ago (scratched at Tampa Bay Downs). I didn’t think that would work for him. I’m really glad we could get another allowance race for him today.
“We gave him a lot of time off after his trip to England (last summer). He came back really tired. I treated him like I do most of the horses coming from Europe and kind of started over again with him. Right now I think we’ll point for the Ben Ali at Keeneland. He ran second in it last year (to Wise Dan) and showed he liked the Polytrack.”
A son of the Ramseys’ stallion Kitten’s Joy, Big Blue Kitten has now won seven of 13 career starts and finished a good third in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) here last winter before the Ben Ali. The $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G2) will be run on Sun., Apr. 21. Big Blue Kitten paid $6.40 for $2 to win and was timed the mile in 1:34:17 over the ’firm’ course.
Big Blue Kitten made a sporting trip to England for a start in the prestigious Prince of Wales Stakes (G1) at the Royal Ascot meet on June 20, finishing 10th in the race won by Coolmore’s world champion So You Think and didn’t run again until winning an allowance race here on Dec. 8 in his comeback.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Joe Rocco, Jr. rode four winners – Cover Price ($6.80) in the second, Father Lucey ($6.60) in the fifth, Dreamingofcarmella ($8.40) in the seventh and Knock Rock ($11.40) in the 11th. Jockey Edgar Prado won two races with Pure Treasure ($10.40) in the fourth and Rydilluc capturing the 10th race, the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3).
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $262,140.10
Super Hi-5 Carryover: $6,703.41