Granny’s Kitten wins the Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Granny’s Kitten got his first graded stakes win in Saturday’s G3 Col. E. R. Bradley Stakes at the Fair Grounds, covering 1 1/16 miles over the soft turf in 1:43.61 for train Mike Maker. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was ridden by jockey Miguel Mena for his second stakes win on the card.
Western Reserve and Chocolate Ride were both sharp out of the gate, and Granny’s Kitten was less than a length behind that pair heading into the first turn. By the quarter-mile mark, Western Reserve had drawn out a 3/4-length lead over Chocolate Ride, and it was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Granny’s Kitten. Early fractions were relatively quick over the soggy ground, clocked in :23.77 and :48.60.
Approaching the far turn, Chocolate Ride drew even with Western Reserve just as Granny’s Kitten was revving up three-wide. Chocolate Ride barely had the lead at the top of the lane, but Western Reserve battled back gamely on the inside. Granny’s Kitten joined that pair to make it a three-way battle to the finish. Chocolate Ride was the first to drop out, and Granny’s Kitten was just able to get his neck in front at the wire. Western Reserve had to settle for second, and Chocolate Ride faded to third.
Bred in Pennsylvania, Granny’s Kitten is out of a daughter of Grand Slam. The intact horse improved his record to six wins from 18 starts for the Ramseys, though the Bradley was his first graded victory. Granny’s Kitten boasts career earnings of over $ 450,000.
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