05/01/2012 1:15PM

Churchill Downs: Stephanie's Kitten using Edgewood to prep for Coronation at Ascot

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Barbara D. Livingston
Stephanie's Kitten will head to England with a good effort in Friday's Edgewood.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Stephanie’s Kitten, third in the Grade 1 Ashland in her seasonal bow, was entered in Friday’s $150,000 Edgewood Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs, with the race expected to serve as her final prep for the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in England June 22.

Co-owner Ken Ramsey said Tuesday, “She should win.” A good performance would likely assure her trip overseas, he said.

Ramsey also aims to run a number of other horses at Royal Ascot for, he said, the thrill and sporting aspect, plus to promote the sire Kitten’s Joy, who stands at his farm.

John Velazquez, Stephanie’s Kitten’s rider last year, was unavailable when she ran in the Ashland. He has the riding assignment in the Edgewood. According to Ramsey, Velazquez has committed to ride four days of the Royal Ascot meeting.

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Other Ramsey-owned runners targeted for the trip to Royal Ascot include Coalport and Gung Ho – who both will race Friday at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 American Turf – and the graded-stakes-winning 4-year-old Big Blue Kitten. Some 2-year-olds Ramsey has with trainer Wesley Ward could also make the trip, depending on how they run in their debuts at Arlington in coming weeks.



Real Solution, owned by Ramsey and unbeaten in three starts in Italy, could also appear at Royal Ascot after racing in the May 20 Italian Derby, unless he is sold. Ramsey said he is undecided whether to accept an offer of approximately $1.5 million for him.