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Champion Kitten's Joy (TrueNicks,SRO), who stands at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, has joined TrueNicks, giving breeders access to unlimited nicking reports.

A homebred son of El Prado for owners Ken & Sarah Ramsey, Kitten's Joy was named 2004 champion grass horse as a three-year-old. The chestnut colt collected six graded victories during that season, including consecutive grade I wins in the Secretariat Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. Favored in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), Kitten's Joy encountered trouble in the stretch and finished second to upsetter Better Talk Now. At four, Kitten's Joy won the Firecracker (gr. II) and placed second in the Arlington Million (gr. I). He retired with earnings of over $2 million.

Produced from the winning Lear Fan mare Kitten's First, Kitten's Joy is a half brother to three-time grade I winner Precious Kitten and stakes winner Justenuffheart, the dam of champion two-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna and grade II winners Justenuffhumor and Lewis Michael. The immediate family also includes grade I-winning turf horse Down the Aisle and 1977 Mother Goose (gr. I) winner Road Princess.

Kitten's Joy's sire and dam each carry Northern Dancer, Hail to Reason, Turn-to, and Tom Fool within four generations, creating interesting balance to his pedigree.

At stud, Kitten's Joy is the sire of 77 winners and five stakes winners for progeny earnings of nearly $3.8 million. His most accomplished runners to date are Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) winner Dean's Kitten, Miesque (gr. III) runner-up Holiday for Kitten, Bourbon (gr. III) runner-up Cozy Kitten, and Summer (gr. III) runner-up Becky's Kitten. He has also sired Puerto Rican champion two-year-old filly Sweet Kitten. Kitten's Joy ranked seventh among second-crop sires in 2010.

Kitten's Joy has a nice three-year-old prospect in Queen'splatekitten, an impressive maiden winner at Woodbine by 5 1/4 lengths (video). The colt may point toward the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or, as his name suggests, the Queen's Plate.

Kitten's Joy, whose first crop are four, has 93 two-year-olds who will hit the track in 2011. His stud fee is $25,000.

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