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Big Blue Kitten Roars to U.N. Tally
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11th at MTHGI United Nations S. ($500k)  [1 3/8m (T)]Winner: Big Blue Kitten , h, 5 by Kitten's Joy
Saturday, Monmouth Park
UNITED NATIONS S.-GI, $525,000, MTH, 7-6, 3yo/up, 1 3/8mT, 2:11 4/5, fm.
1--BIG BLUE KITTEN, 118, h, 5, by Kitten’s Joy
     1st Dam: Spent Gold, by Unaccounted For
     2nd Dam: Spend a Dream, by Spend a Buck
     3rd Dam: Mystical Mood, by Roberto
O/B-Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T-Chad Brown;
J-Joe Bravo. $300,000. Lifetime Record: 16-9-2-4,
$698,530. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--Teaks North, 118, g, 6, Northern Afleet--Teaksberry
Road, by High Honors. O-Sanford Robbins; B-BryLynn
Farm Inc (FL); T-Michelle Nevin. $100,000.
3--Hangover Kid, 118, h, 5, Lemon Drop Kid--Absolute
Patience, by Rakeen. O-Four Tags Stable; B-Steve
Taglienti (NY); T-Jason Servis. $50,000.

Margins: 1 1/4, 1, 1. Odds: 2.50, 7.60, 47.00.
Also Ran: Little Mike, Willcox Inn, Skyring, Harrods Creek, Russian Greek.
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   Winner of the GII Hall of Fame S. in 2011, Big Blue Kitten faced the starter but four times last term, finishing the distant runner-up to subsequent Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry) in the GIII Ben Ali S. at Keeneland before a 10th behind So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral {Ire}) in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S. at Royal Ascot in June. The homebred got the better of Za Approval (Ghostzapper) in a third-level Gulfstream allowance Dec. 2 and was third to Mucho Mas Macho (Macho Uno) in the GII Fort Lauderdale S. Jan. 13 before landing a Mar. 3 allowance in Hallandale. The bay was along late to defeat the evergreen Rahystrada (Rahy) in a stakes-quality Churchill allowance May 2 and was last seen finishing runner-up to Boisterous (Distorted Humor) in this track’s GII Monmouth S. June 9. The bettors zeroed in on Little Mike (Spanish Steps) and made the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf hero the 8-5 favorite despite a pair of no-shows in Dubai, including an 11th in the G1 Dubai Duty Free S. Mar. 30. The Vaccarezza homebred caught a flyer and was in command within a matter of strides, but he had some company in the form of GII Dixie S. hero Skyring (English Channel), as Big Blue Kitten settled in the final threesome. The pace, while not hot by any stretch, was contested, and Gary Stevens asked Skyring to go after the pacesetter in earnest midway up the backstretch the final time. The result was an internal quarter mile from the six-furlong pole to the half-mile pole in :23.48, and the race was likely lost there. Meanwhile, Joe Bravo and Big Blue Kitten were creeping into contention from behind and made their move up the fence turning for home. Teaks North tipped out with a chance at midstretch, but Big Blue Kitten had all the momentum and raced away late. “It’s amazing how much you can learn from one race,” Bravo commented. “Looking back, we could have won the last one, but I took what I learned there and used it today. This horse was ready to run the whole way around there today. Little Mike came off the rail just a little in the stretch and we were able to get through. This is a good horse.” Trainer Dale Romans was not overly disappointed in the effort of Little Mike. “I was really happy to see how willing he was today,” he said. “In Dubai, he never really picked up his feet. Today, you could tell he was back to his old self. This should put him in a good spot for the [GI] Arlington Million.” Little Mike will attempt to defend in that Aug. 17 event, where he could be joined by Big Blue Kitten.

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