Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Camelot Kitten closed with a big late rush to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes by a head at Belmont Park, defeating his Chad Brown-trained stablemate Beach Patrol. The juvenile son of Kitten’s Joy covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:47.25 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Settled near the rear of the field of much of the early going, Camelot Kitten tracked his stablemate Beach Patrol through a first quarter in :24.89. Monster Bea moved up to take the lead at that point, streaking away to a 1 1/2 length advantage through a half-mile in :48.80. Rounding the turn for home, Beach Patrol took command of the race, though Monster Bea battled back along the inside.
Waiting to angle out more than three-wide until the top of the stretch, Camelot Kitten was making giant strides toward the leading Beach Patrol. In the final sixteenth of a mile, Camelot Kitten ran down Beach Patrol to win by a head and lead the Chad Brown exacta. Annals of Time finished third, and American Patriot was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky, Camelot Kitten improved his career record to five wins from 10 starts, with earnings of over $ 950,000. The colt has now won four graded stakes races.
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