Friday, October 7, 2011
Updated: October 8, 5:33 PM ET
'Kitten' roars home in Alcibiades
By Jennifer Caldwell
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Stephanie's Kitten came motoring down the middle of the track to take the victory in Friday's $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes on Keeneland's opening day. The bay lass was sent off at 9-1 in the full field and completed 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:43 under jockey John Velazquez.
It was a mad dash down the stretch when the gates opened in front of the picturesque track's grandstand, but Cheerleader and On Fire Baby quickly pulled to the front, duking it out through splits of :23 1/5, :47 and 1:11 4/5. All the while, Stephanie's Kitten was biding her time in midpack racing just to the outside of Flashy Lassie.
Nearing the turn, the juvenile miss moved up between horses before angling out rounding the turn. With Velazquez urging her on, Stephanie's Kitten easily reeled in Heart of Destiny and Putthebabiesdown, who had grabbed command entering the stretch. Stephanie's Kitten was a couple of lengths in front of Hearty of Destiny on the wire, with Putthebabiesdown and Frolic's Revenge completing the superfecta.
Stephanie's Kitten paid $21.60, $10.40 and $6.80 for the victory.