09/22/2016 9:28AM

Turf champion Big Blue Kitten retired

Michael Amoruso
Big Blue Kitten wins the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park last year.

Last year's champion turf male Big Blue Kitten, winless this year, has been retired and will take up stud duties in 2017 at Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm.

The 8-year-old son of Kitten's Joy concludes his career with a record of 33-14-8-5 and earnings of $2,983,350. He spent the majority of his career racing in the colors of breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then made three starts this year for Calumet, which had earlier acquired his stallion rights. He was trained throughout his career by Chad Brown.

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After making the first three starts of his career in claiming company, Big Blue Kitten swiftly rose through the ranks, winning or placing in 18 stakes.

Big Blue Kitten earned the 2015 Eclipse Award as outstanding turf male. His signature victory last year came in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. He established a course record of 2:23.39 for the 1 1/2 miles. He also posted a repeat victory in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth, an event he had also won in 2013, and took the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont. He posted Grade 1 seconds in the Arlington Million and Manhattan Stakes, and was third in the Breeders' Cup Turf, to be the top-placed American.

Big Blue Kitten's other major victories include the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational in 2013 and the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes in 2011, both at Saratoga.

Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
The ramseys best horses either didnt start racing in america until they were three years old.  Or in the case of stephanie's kitten, a long five month winter layoff when she was 2.  Kittens joy defied logic.  Must have been very talented.  Big blue (kentucky) kitten was fun to watch.  
Frank More than 1 year ago
Congrats to a great career and good handling.

This is an example of what the good ones can do if you let them develop - dont race them at 2 - dont force them to run in all the purse rich stakes @ 3 - let them develop....

The thing that really drives me crazy is racing geldings @ 2 or in the triple crown series or any TC prep races -- that ruins them -- they never have full careers.

ProXstream Gaming More than 1 year ago
Gotta love those tough old timers......Kitten, Better Talk Now,  Perfect Drift, etc.  
Frank More than 1 year ago
Gee nobody saw this coming....