Admiral Kitten to stand in South Africa

Grade 1 winner Admiral Kitten has been sold to stand at Moutonshoek Stud in South Africa starting with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The 7-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy is in his second season at stud and currently resides at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla., where he stands for an advertised fee of $4,000. He debuted last year at Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., where he was bred to 20 mares.

The sale to South Africa was confirmed by James LaMonica of Kentucky-based bloodstock agency The Stallion Co. Admiral Kitten will enter quarantine at the conclusion of the Northern Hemisphere season.

Admiral Kitten won four of 16 starts for earnings of $792,394, highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes, the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup, and the listed El Joven Stakes. He placed in six additional graded stakes races.

Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Admiral Kitten was the first foal out of the winning Grand Slam mare Reachinforthestars, whose first foals to race were both winners before the mare’s untimely death.

The extended family includes champion Cozzene; Grade/Group 2 winners Funistrada, Awesome Gem, Movin’ Money, Krisada, Spring Venture, Ahh Chocolate, and Ancient Secret; and Grade 3 winners Rahystrada and Lone Star Sky.

Admiral Kitten joins a stallion roster at Moutonshoek Stud that also includes two-time Canadian champion Marchfield and 2008 Travers Stakes runner-up Mambo in Seattle.

Divisidero Repeats in Woodford Reserve

With a strong late run down the center of a turf course rated good, Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero roared to victory in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T) May 6 at Churchill DownsWatch Video

Beach Patrol, who held the lead early, finished second, a half-length behind the winner. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated was 2 1/2 lengths back in third.

The final time for the 1 1/8-mile test was 1:52.42. Julien Leparoux was aboard for trainer Bill “Buff” Bradley.

Divisidero won last year’s Woodford Reserve by a neck over World Approval. This year, World Approval was scratched.

The winner, bred by Hinkle Farms, is a 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy  —Madame Du Lac, by Lemon Drop Kid  . He paid $9, $4.60, and $3.60 across the board.

Last early, Divisidero didn’t really get moving until the horses were on the far turn and Leparoux opted to loop the field in order to stay in the clear.

“On this kind of track, you want your horse to be relaxed and make a nice run,” the jockey said. “Because the pace was so slow, we all bunched up so we were not too far behind. When I came out (for my run), he kicked home super. He ran a really big race today.”

Beach Patrol, with Florent Geroux up, took the early advantage from Kasaqui and Enterprising and set early fractions of :24.51, :50.69, and 1:15.45 over a course that was softened by days of rain.

On the far turn, Beach Patrol was tracked by Enterprising. with Can’thelpbeliving to their outside and Conquest Panthera near the hedge. Turning for home Beach Patrol put away Enterprising and was clear, but Divisidero was rolling. The mile went in 1:40.25, and a final eighth of a mile went in a quick :12.17 considering the conditions.

“We were far back early, but that’s how the horse runs,” Bradley said. “Julien said there wasn’t much pace in there, and he was correct, but I didn’t want to take the horse out of his race. We know he likes to finish, even on a slow pace. I just told Julien, ‘You may just have to make your run earlier.’ Julien is a great jockey, so I don’t have to tell him a whole lot.”

Divisidero was winless in three starts this year. A closing third in Gulfstream Park‘s Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G2T) was followed by a sixth-place effort in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T). A trip at Keeneland in a conditioned allowance race yielded a nose defeat to Projected, but set the table perfectly for the Woodford repeat.

“That was our plan, to get the Keeneland race in, and this was our goal,” Bradley said. “It’s always nice to win at Keeneland, but we were happy with the outcome and how Julien felt about the horse. Derby Day has really been good to us. We’re always happy to win on Derby Day before the biggest crowds.”

Divisidero is now three-for-three over the Churchill turf. As a 3-year-old he won the American Turf Stakes (G2T) on Derby weekend. He has a 5-2-3 career mark from 13 starts. The victory put him over the seven-figure mark in earnings, giving him a bankroll of $1,056,550.

Beach Patrol paid $4.40 and $3.20, and Oscar Nominated returned $5.80 to show. Kasaqui came in fourth, followed by Bal a Bali  EnterprisingBallagh RocksConquest PantheraKaigunFlatlined, and Can’thelpbelieving.

Kitten’s Joy ‘Miss’ Remains Perfect in Honey Ryder

HONEY RYDER S., $75,000, GP, 5-6, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.42, fm.
1–#ADORABLE MISS, 116, f, 3, by Kitten’s Joy
1st Dam: Money Huntress, by Mineshaft
2nd Dam: Favorite Funtime, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Promising Girl, by Youth
($155,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Mathis Stable LLC; B-Kenneth L.
& Sarah K. Ramsey (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Emisael
Jaramillo. $45,570. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $68,370. *Full to
Noble Beauty, GSW, $162,100.
2–Noble Ready, 116, f, 3, More Than Ready–Aristocratic Lady,
by Kris S.. ($180,000 Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $220,000 RNA Ylg ’15
KEESEP; $100,000 RNA 2yo ’16 OBSAPR). O-Cheyenne Stables
LLC; B-Grapestock LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement. $14,700.
3–Blame the Law, 116, f, 3, Blame–Letter of the Law, by Stormy
Atlantic. ($29,000 Ylg ’15 FTKOCT). O-Jordan V. Wycoff;
B-Spruce Lane Farm, Empire Equines, Grand Crue Farm LLC &
Valerie Stevens (KY); T-Michael J. Maker. $7,350.Margins: 2 3/4, HD, 3/4. Odds: 4.20, 1.80, 10.80.
Also Ran: My Sistersledge, Valedictorian, Conquest Hardcandy, Spring Mist.
Adorable Miss took her record to two-for-two with a late-charging victory in the Honey Ryder S. at Gulfstream. A narrow debut winner going 7 1/2 panels over this course Jan. 22, the bay buy was let go as the third choice for this black-type bow. Sitting back in fifth off opening splits of :23.77 and :47.93, the bay steadily advanced up the outside on the backstretch, but still had several to beat at the top of the lane. She found a new gear in mid-stretch and charged down the center of the track to win going away. Noble Ready won a photo for the place, while favored Conquest Hardcandy faded to sixth after setting the pace. The winner’s unraced dam, out of GISW Favorite Funtime, is responsible for a 2-year-old Lookin At Lucky colt and foaled a colt by Real Solution last term before being bred back to Kitten’s Joy.