10/12/2014 8:52AM

Ramseys sweep La Senorita, El Joven for third time

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Crown the Kitten prevails Saturday in the El Joven Stakes at Retama Park.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey completed a sweep of the El Joven-La Senorita turf series for 2-year-olds at Retama Park near San Antonio on Saturday night, when Right On Kitten shuttled to a 2 3/4-length win in the $100,000 La Senorita. Earlier on the program, the couple won the $100,000 El Joven with Crown the Kitten.

The Ramseys first won Retama's premiere races in 2009 with Kera's Kitten and Lisa's Kitten. They swept the series again in 2012 with Admiral Kitten and Kitten's Dumpling. All of the winners, including their third pair Saturday, are homebred offspring of the couple’s turf champion, Kitten's Joy.

Right On Kitten ($3.20) stalked the pace in second in the La Senorita, as Sister Shades shot to the lead and doled out fractions of 23.87 seconds for the opening quarter and 49.33 for the half-mile on turf rated good. Right On Kitten took after the pacesetter on the final turn, took the lead into the stretch, then turned back bids from a resurging Sister Shades and the runner-up Sweet Diva. The winner covered the mile in 1:39.18.

Rafael Hernandez was aboard for trainer Mike Maker. It was the second stakes win on the night for Hernandez, who also rode Crown the Kitten for trainer Wesley Ward.

Right On Kitten remained undefeated in two starts with her win in the La Senorita. She accounted for a maiden special weight at Indiana Grand in her career debut Sept. 9. Right On Kitten was a $6,000 supplement to the La Senorita and for the win earned $60,000.

Crown the Kitten ($2.80) overtook the pacesetter Infiltration at the top of the stretch in the El Joven and went on to a 5 3/4-length win. Crown the Kitten had one horse beat early, as Infiltration took the field through fractions of 23.31 for the opening quarter; 47.50 for the half-mile; and 1:13.10 for six furlongs. Crown the Kitten advanced on the final turn, rallied past Infiltration, and went on to cover the distance on good ground in 1:38.64.

Crown the Kitten won his second straight race, behind a maiden special weight at Kentucky Downs. Earlier in his career, he was second to the eventual Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante winner Sunset Glow in a maiden special weight at Belmont Park. Crown the Kitten was a $6,000 supplement to the El Joven and for the win earned $60,000.

Retama scheduled its El Joven and La Senorita a month earlier this meet to position the races as potential steppingstones to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and BC Juvenile Fillies Turf. The races were run for the 20th time Saturday.

M More than 1 year ago
Hurray! They shipped in the NBA ringers to play in the city intramural league... The end result, fewer wanted to race for second, so you got a 5 horse field. Probably have to make this one TX-bred or maybe TX/LA/OK bred combo to get a field and stay out of the kitten box.