09/05/2014 1:45PM

Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution to stand at Ramsey Farm in 2015

Tom Keyser
Big Blue Kitten, a Grade 1-winning son of Kitten's Joy, will retire at the end of 2014 and stand at Ken Ramsey's Ramsey Farm in Kentucky.

Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution, a pair of multiple Grade 1-winning homebreds by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s leading sire Kitten’s Joy, will retire at the end of this season to make their stallion debuts in 2015 at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

The duo will remain in training for the immediate future, and will be the first sons of Kitten’s Joy to stand alongside their sire in Kentucky upon their retirements. They will join Foreclosed in Illinois and William’s Kitten in Ohio among the sons of Kitten’s Joy at stud.

“They compliment each other really well,” said Jeff Ramsey of Ramsey Farm. “Not everyone can afford $100,000 for Kitten’s Joy, so we’re looking to start them off at about $15,000 or so. We haven’t nailed that down yet, but that’s the range we’re looking at.”

Big Blue Kitten, a 6-year-old, has won 11 of 21 career starts for earnings of $1,258,530, highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes and United Nations Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes and listed Lure Stakes.

Trained by Chad Brown, Big Blue Kitten last raced in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth, where he finished second. Jeff Ramsey said he will be pointed toward the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes at Belmont for his next start.

“Big Blue Kitten has a lot of tactical speed,” Ramsey said. “He can basically come from anywhere and get the job done.”

Big Blue Kitten is one of four winners from six foals to race out of the placed Unaccounted For mare Spent Gold. He hails from the family of Grade 2 winner Fair Judgement, and his third dam is Grade 3 winner Mystical Mood.

Real Solution, a 5-year-old, has 5 wins from 14 career starts, including the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes and a victory by disqualification in the Arlington Million last season. He began his racing career in Italy, winning the listed Premio Botticelli, before being transferred to Brown in the U.S. The horse has earned $1,368,175 on the racetrack in total.

“Real Solution is a little bit more of a grinder,” Ramsey said. “He’s more of a come-from-behind horse, just one big move, and often does it. Real Solution might have a slightly better pedigree from the mother’s side than Big Blue Kitten, but Big Blue Kitten has definitely proven himself on the track, and so has Real Solution.”

Real Solution is out of the winning Pulpit mare Reachfortheheavens, the dam of two winners from as many foals to race. The family also includes two-time champion Slew O’ Gold, Belmont Stakes winner Coastal, three-time Peruvian champion turf horse Tunelero, and Grade 2 winners Sign and Vexed.