08/13/2015 5:14PM

Arlington Million favorite Big Blue Kitten to Calumet upon retirement


Multiple Grade 1 winner Big Blue Kitten, the morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Arlington Million, will stand at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., upon his retirement from racing.

The 7-year-old Kitten’s Joy ridgling will eventually join a Calumet stallion roster that also includes Real Solution, a fellow son of Kitten’s Joy who relocates for the 2016 season after beginning his stud career at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s operation also bred and campaigns Big Blue Kitten.

"Calumet has a healthy appreciation for Kitten's Joy, whom we consider to be one of the preeminent young stallions in the world today," said Calumet farm manager Eddie Kane. "Kitten's Joy's dominant genetic superiority has kept him atop the leading sire list since his third crop of runners. He sired an unprecedented 25 stakes winners last year and was number one on the General Sire list the year before, with 24 stakes winners. He throws precocious quality runners that stay sound as mature horses. This is a sire line we believe will significantly contribute to Calumet's legacy."

Big Blue Kitten has won 13 of 27 starts for earnings of $2,090,830. He has won two editions of the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes, as well as the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, and the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Stakes. Big Blue Kitten has also placed in seven additional graded stakes.

Big Blue Kitten is out of the placed Unaccounted For mare Spent Gold, who is the dam of four winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner Fair Judgment and stakes winners Linda Coqueta and Clever Tish.