09/02/2013 5:00PM

Ellis Park: Derby Kitten gives Ramseys another stakes win in Cliff Guilliams


Derby Kitten rallied to give the powerhouse team of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker yet another victory of note Monday in the $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap, the feature of the closing-day card of the summer meet at Ellis Park in western Kentucky.

Last of six leaving the half-mile pole in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, Derby Kitten launched a sweeping move under jockey Jesus Castanon that carried him to a three-quarter-length score over a late-running Dreaming Blue. Street Serenade, the race-long leader, was another head back in third.

Derby Kitten, a 5-year-old homebred horse by the Ramseys’ sire Kitten’s Joy, finished in 1:45.08 over a firm turf for his fifth victory from 30 career starts. He carried high weight of 119 pounds.

The $2 exacta (8-1) paid $27.40; the $1 trifecta (8-1-3) returned $45.90; and the 10-cent superfecta (8-1-3-4) was worth $13.75.

Whatthecatdrugin and Depeche Chat were early scratches.

With the closing of Ellis, live racing on the Kentucky circuit moves Friday to Churchill Downs for a 12-day meet and Saturday to Kentucky Downs for a five-day meet.