Derby Contenders

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Connections

Michael Maker

Trainer

Born in Garden City, Michigan on February 7, 1969.Father George was a trainer in Detroit. Michael bought his first horse at the age of 13 with money he earned from hot walking and delivering newspapers.Michael would work for his father as an assistant before opening his own stable, but later leaving to work for D. Wayne Lukas in 1993.In 1997 became Lukas’s top assistant of the Churchill Downs stable.Once again in 2003 Maker opened his public stable and found immediate success with Freefourinternet, who would win the 2004 Hawthorne Gold Cup and went on to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.Maker has won training titles at Keeneland, Turfway, and Churchill Downs.Holds the record at Churchill Downs for most wins during the fall meet with 31.Won his first Breeders’ Cup in 2009 with Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile.In 2006 won the Lane’s End Stakes with With a City, who would have been the first starter for Maker in the Kentucky Derby, but the week of the derby With a City passed away from a mysterious illness.Top horses for Maker include: Forest Attack, Kera’s Kitten, Dean’s Kitten, Accredit, Almighty Silver, Double or Nothing, and Mr. Serious.

Robby Albarado

Jockey

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Albarado like many other jockeys got his start at a very young age riding in races at the local “bush” tracks. He has won nearly 4,200 races in his career and was the regular rider of Horse of the Year Curlin, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby before going on to win many prestigious races like The Preakness Stakes, The Stephen Foster Handicap, The Woodward, The Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup. Other top mounts include Mineshaft, Court Vision, and Endorsement.

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Owner

Both are natives of Artemus, Kentucky, but now reside on Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.Ken held positions as an executive in the trucking business. Got into real estate business, but left to pursue ownership in cellular network franchises. He sold his cellular business in 1994.First entered horse racing in 1969 when he claimed Red Redeemer for $1,500 at the now closed Miles Park in Louisville. Horse never started for Ramsey as it was discovered the horse was blind in one eye.Ken held a trainer’s license briefly.The Ramsey’s have sent only one horse to the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby. Ten Cents A Shine in 2003 placed eighth in the Run for the Roses.In 2004 the Ramsey’s were awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner.The Ramsey’s have won leading owner titles at Keeneland, Saratoga, Gulfstream Park, Ellis Park, Turfway, and hold the record at Churchill Downs with most owner titles won in the 135 year history of the track.In 1994 purchased the former Almahurst Farm, birthplace of 1918 Kentucky Derby winner Exterminator. They renamed the farm Ramsey Farm and now stand stallions Kitten’s Joy and Catienus.Top runners for the Ramsey’s include: Roses in May, Cannonball, Becky’s Kitten, Pleasant Prince, and Nothing to Lose.

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Breeder

Both are natives of Artemus, Kentucky, but now reside on Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.Ken held positions as an executive in the trucking business. Got into real estate business, but left to pursue ownership in cellular network franchises. He sold his cellular business in 1994.First entered horse racing in 1969 when he claimed Red Redeemer for $1,500 at the now closed Miles Park in Louisville. Horse never started for Ramsey as it was discovered the horse was blind in one eye.Ken held a trainer’s license briefly.The Ramsey’s have sent only one horse to the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby. Ten Cents A Shine in 2003 placed eighth in the Run for the Roses.In 2004 the Ramsey’s were awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner.The Ramsey’s have won leading owner titles at Keeneland, Saratoga, Gulfstream Park, Ellis Park, Turfway, and hold the record at Churchill Downs with most owner titles won in the 135 year history of the track.In 1994 purchased the former Almahurst Farm, birthplace of 1918 Kentucky Derby winner Exterminator. They renamed the farm Ramsey Farm and now stand stallions Kitten’s Joy and Catienus.Top runners for the Ramsey’s include: Roses in May, Cannonball, Becky’s Kitten, Pleasant Prince, and Nothing to Lose.

Pedigree

  • Dean's Kitten is from the first crop of 2004 champion turf male Kitten's Joy, who was also bred and campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Kitten's Joy won three stakes at 1 1/4 miles and beyond, including the Turf Classic Invitational (G1), Secretariat S. (G1) and Virginia Derby (G3).
  • Dean's Kitten is the first graded stakes winner for his sire, who has also been represented in this crop by Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) runner-up William's Kitten and the turf stakes winners Kera's Kitten and Lisa's Kitten.
  • His dam is by Ide, who reeled off five straight stakes wins including the Kentucky Jockey Club (G3) and Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill at two and the Rebel S. and Southwest S. (G3) at three. Injury forced his retirement prior to the 1996 Kentucky Derby. Dean's Kitten is the first stakes winner produced from a daughter of Ide, whose best previous three-year-old performer was Percy Hope, who took the Lone Star Derby and Rushaway S. in 2001.
  • Dean's Kitten's third dam was the nine-furlong Spinster S. (G1) winner Safe, the ancestress of Brazilian Group 1 winner Links of Glory.
  • While 1 1/4 miles doesn't figure to cause Dean's Kitten many problems, the fact his greatest success has come on turf and synthetic rather than dirt suggests he might struggle to stay competitive over Churchill's main oval.

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