Big Blue Kitten Brightest U.S. Hope in Star Studded Breeders’ Cup Turf
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Fri 23/10/2015 - 22:53 EDT
Big Blue Kitten will face a formidable field of European rivals in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) as he attempts to cement his bid for the Eclipse Award for champion turf horse.
Owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the seven-year-old ridgling is by Kitten’s Joy, the runner-up in the 2004 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf who did take home the Eclipse Award that year. Big Blue Kitten has won three of his five starts this year and has had two second-place finishes. Over the course of his impressive career, he has won fourteen times and is a multiple Grade 1 winner. This will be his second appearance in a Breeders’ Cup event. He was eighth in the 2013 Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.
Strong, consistent season against top company
This year, he has been in exceptional form for trainer Chad Brown. After winning the Fort Marcy Stakes (G3), he has competed in four consecutive Grade 1 races and has won two of them – the United Nations Stakes (G1) and he was last seen winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park. He has been training steadily in New York for his second Breeders’ Cup attempt and will ship to Keeneland.
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Big Blue Kitten will have some serious opposition even with the defection of defending champion Flintshire (GB). Golden Horn (GB), the brilliant three-year-old, looms as a major threat for trainer John Gosden. The bay colt has won six of his seven starts this year and has been successful in three separate countries. Frankie Dettori, no stranger to Breeders’ Cup success, has been his regular pilot.
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