11/04/2013 11:56AM

Kitten's Joy to stand for $100,000 in 2014

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Champion turf horse and leading North American sire Kitten’s Joy will stand for an advertised fee of $100,000 for the 2014 breeding season at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

The fee is double the rate Kitten’s Joy stood for in 2013. Breeders will receive a 5 percent discount if the fee is paid by Nov. 1 of the year bred.

Kitten’s Joy, a 12-year-old son of El Prado, is in the midst of a career year at stud, with 22 stakes winners through Nov. 4 for earnings of $10,216,647. His Grade 1 winners this year include Stephanie’s Kitten, Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution, Kitten’s Dumplings, and Admiral Kitten.

In total, Kitten’s Joy has sired five crops of racing age, highlighted by 16 graded stakes winners, with total progeny earnings of over $27.5 million.

“We are excited about Kitten’s Joy’s performance to date,” said owner Ken Ramsey. “I am a breeder myself and I think that the 2014 fee of $100,000 is quite fair considering Kitten’s Joy’s proven ability to throw world class runners. With tremendous support from the world’s leading breeders, we believe the future looks even brighter.”

Kitten’s Joy was the champion turf horse of 2004, on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Secretariat Stakes, as well as the Grade 3 Virginia Derby, American Turf Stakes, Tropical Park Derby, and Palm Beach Stakes. Additionally, he finished second in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The following year, Kitten’s Joy tallied a win in the Grade 2 Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap and a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Arlington Million. Kitten’s Joy retired with nine wins in 14 career starts for earnings of $2,075,791.

Homebred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Kitten’s Joy is out of the winning Lear Fan mare Kitten’s First, whose four winners from five foals to race also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Precious Kitten and stakes winner Justenuffheart. His extended family includes champion Dreaming of Anna, Grade 1 winners Down the Aisle and Road Princess, and Grade 2 winners Lewis Michael and Justenuffhumor.