11/02/2015 2:09PM

Stephanie's Kitten sold privately to Japanese farm

Susie Raisher
Stephanie's Kitten, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, has been sold privately to Northern Farm in Japan.

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Stephanie's Kitten was sold privately to Northern Farm of Japan on Monday after failing to meet her reserve at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale a day earlier.

The 6-year-old mare drew a high bid of $2.95 million at the auction, failing to meet her reserve of about $3 million. Northern secured the mare with a private offer of $2.8 million.

“A bidder last night came back and made another offer, and we accepted it,” said Jeff Ramsey, son of owner Ken Ramsey.

The Ramsey family bred Stephanie’s Kitten, daughter of their homebred turf champion Kitten’s Joy, and campaigned her throughout her career. Moments following the mare’s trip through the auction ring last night, Ken Ramsey said he was inclined to keep the mare and race her offspring.

“We'd already been talking about which stallion to breed her to,” said Jeff Ramsey, for whose daughter Stephanie’s Kitten is named. “We'd already actually made phone calls this morning. It's a business. Sometimes your heart gets broken. But I'm sure she'll have a very good home and a very successful career over there."

Stephanie's Kitten won the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and notched her second marquee victory Saturday at Keeneland, where she held off European star Legatissimo to win the Filly and Mare Turf. She had finished second in last year's running to champion Dayatthespa.

Stephanie's Kitten sustained her high-level ability over five seasons, winning Grade 1 events at ages 2, 4, 5, and 6 and winning stakes events each year she competed. In addition to her Breeders’ Cup performances, she won two editions of the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park; the Grade 1 Just a Game, also contested at Belmont, in 2013; and the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack as a juvenile.

In all, Stephanie's Kitten won 11 of 25 career starts, winning or placing in 16 graded stakes, for earnings of $4,292,904.

Frank More than 1 year ago
Its funny how these type of people always say how much they love their horses -- then they sell one off like this for cash like its nothing -- a champion named after his own granddaughter and homebred sire... There is no attachment for these types is all about money...I wouldnt sell my dog for 3 million.
Brian Russell More than 1 year ago
I would guess you are not a commercial dog breeder with upwards of 300 dogs to care for.
Helaine More than 1 year ago
Well i always felt Ramsey was a true racing fan.I was wrong all he loves is money.I guess those tears were garbage.
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
It is yes indeed a business and with that 2.8 million in Ken's pocket he can reinvest and we will see him in the winners circle again hanging on to his horse for the photo, as yes it his a business. Looking at Ken's record not too many better businessmen out their, whatever the business.
Frank More than 1 year ago
she is worth more than 3m -- I agree. She has the heart of a champion, a champion ability and she proved herself over many years of racing. What a feat winning a BC race at 2 then following up with a win at 6 -- that is special. This is more news worthy then anything AP has done. She earned her victories unlike most of APs....