11/11/2012 9:15AM

Retama: Ramsey's 'Team Kitten' sweeps El Joven, La Senorita


“Team Kitten” swept Retama Park’s most important stakes on Saturday night, when Admiral Kitten captured the $75,000 El Joven and Kitten’s Dumplings cruised in the $75,000 La Senorita. Both horses are by Kitten’s Joy, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trained by Mike Maker and were ridden by Victor Lebron.

Kitten’s Joy, the Ramseys and Maker also teamed to win both races in 2009, with Kera’s Kitten in the El Joven and Lisa’s Kitten in the La Senorita.

Saturday night’s stakes double for 2-year-olds, along with the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes won by Skip A Smile, helped make for the richest card of the season at Retama. The San Antonio-area track also had a pre-race gala during which Bill Casner, Allen and Jeanette Moehrig, T.I. “Pops” Harkins, Valid Expectations and Kool Kue Baby were inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Admiral Kitten remained undefeated in two starts when he diligently worked past the leaders in the stretch to win the El Joven by 1 1/2 lengths over Worldventurer. He covered the mile on firm turf in 1:36.40. Admiral Kitten, who was coupled in the wagering with fifth-place finisher Jump For Kitten, paid $2.80.

Kitten’s Dumplings ($3.80) raced along the rail into the final turn of the La Senorita, split horses into the stretch, and finished full of run to cover the mile for 2-year-old fillies in 1:36.20. She won by three lengths over Sister Ginger, while it was another three-quarters of a length back in third to pacesetter Satin Gold. Kitten’s Dumplings was coupled with fifth-place finisher Emotional Kitten.

The Ramseys also won last year’s La Senorita with the Wesley Ward-trained Sisterhood. 

* Skip A Smile burst into contention at the top of the stretch then overtook the leaders to win the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame by 1 1/4 lengths. Halifax Flyer held second after setting the pace, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of third-place finisher Quiet Acceleration. Skip A Smile ($5.20) covered the 1 1/16-mile race for Texas-breds on turf in 1:44.25. Jamie Theriot was aboard for Rose Mary Chandler and trainer Steve Asmussen. Skip a Smile is the reigning Texas-bred of the Year.