Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Camelot Kitten came out on top of a blanket finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. The sophomore son of Kitten’s Joy covered nine furlongs in 1:46.41 over the firm turf for trainer Chad Brown as the post-time favorite.
“Camelot Kitten ran great,” said Brown. “He got a terrific trip on the inside saving all the ground. Irad worked out a beautiful trip with the horse. He’s now 2-for-2 with blinkers and he’s a horse that’s starting to figure it all out.”
Camelot Kitten broke well for Irad Ortiz, settling near the middle of the pack as longshot Toughest ‘Ombre took off with a four-length lead on the front end. Immediately tracked by Hammers Vision, Azar and Dressed in Hermes were not far behind through fractions of :23.02 and :47.90. Approaching the far turn, Toughest ‘Ombre began to come back to the field, slowing his pace significantly to mark three-quarters of a mile in 1:16.47 (a quarter-mile time of :28.57). His immediate challengers were Hammers Vision and Camelot Kitten along the outside as the field turned for home.
At the head of the lane, those three were head and head for the lead, with Toughest ‘Ombre hanging tough at odds of 99-1. Camelot Kitten continued to grind away at the leader down the stretch, and Highland Sky was making up a lot of ground from the rear of the field, along with Call Provision. At the wire, it was Camelot Kitten just a neck in front of Highland Sky, who nosed out Call Provision in third and Toughest ‘Ombre in fourth.
“I got a perfect trip, I can’t complain,” said Ortiz. “I broke out of there and saved some ground. He kicked from the three-eighths pole, he was there when I asked. He’s a nice horse, he does everything you ask. It’s easier when you ride those kind of horses.”
Bred in Kentucky, Camelot Kitten is out of a winning daughter of Forestry. The Pennine Ridge is his second graded stakes victory, immediately on the heels of his first in last month’s American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. With a record of three wins and two seconds from just six starts, Camelot Kitten has improved his career bankroll to just under $ 400,000.
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