05/16/2012 1:21PM

Churchill Downs: Dean's Kitten retired with injury

Barbara D. Livingston
Dean’s Kitten had his racing career ended by a tendon injury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wednesday morning Ken Ramsey announced the retirement of Dean’s Kitten, winner of the Grade 2 Lane’s End in 2010 and runner-up by a nose to Cape Blanco in the Grade 1 Turf Classic last fall.

Retirement with an injured tendon – such news would be enough to devastate most owners, who might only dream of owning a horse such as Dean’s Kitten, a horse who made more than $800,000 for trainer Mike Maker.

But Ramsey – who co-owns Dean’s Kitten with his wife, Sarah – seemed in a jovial mood Wednesday, dreaming of what might unfold with the other top horses in his stable, as soon as this Sunday, when his homebred Real Solution takes an unbeaten 3-for-3 record into the Group 2 Italian Derby.

“I’m leaving at 2:30, me and my son, flying to Rome this afternoon,” Ramsey said Wednesday morning.

Frankie Dettori rides Real Solution.

If things go well with his horses in the coming weeks, Ramsey has more overseas ventures planned.

He anticipates having six horses ready for the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in mid-June, with Stephanie’s Kitten, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, being one of his top hopes. She is being pointed toward the Coronation Stakes there June 22.

Also being targeted for Royal Ascot races by Ramsey are Sisterhood, Redwood Kitten, Big Blue Kitten, Hyper, and Royal Solution.

He said his group, with all but Hyper being by Ramsey’s stallion Kitten’s Joy, would likely ship around June 9, and Ramsey is excitedly planning on being in attendance for the Royal Ascot meet.

He said he has received considerable financial offers for Stephanie’s Kitten and Real Solution, but he would be unlikely to sell full or partial interest in Stephanie’s Kitten until after Royal Ascot. And no sale would be considered on Real Solution until after Sunday’s Italian Derby.

As for Dean’s Kitten, stud plans have not been finalized. He said the most likely scenarios would be to sell him as a stud prospect, or stand Dean’s Kitten himself in New York next year.