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Stephanie’s Kitten takes Belmont’s Just a Game Stakes

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Ken & Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten stayed on the fence in the early going in Saturday’s $500, 000 Just a Game Stakes (G1) at Belmont, found room inside and took command in the final eighth then edged away to a half length victory. It’s the second grade one win for the 4-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy,  consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2011 OBS April Sale. Her fifth graded stakes score leaves her 12-7-0-3 with earnings of $1,580,404. watch her under tack work


 Kretz Racing LLC’s Tale of a Champion scored his first graded stakes win in Hollywood’s $200,250 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (G2) on Saturday, coming from just off the pace and winning by a length. It’s the second win in five starts this year for the 5-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, sold for $13,000 by Eddie Woods, Agent at the 2010 OBS April Sale. Now 14-6-1-1, he has earned $269,708 to date. watch his under tack work

Always Believe LLC’s Kinz Funky Monkey made her 3-year-old debut in Hollywood’s $73,600 Manhattan Beach Stakes on Saturday, went to the lead at the break, stayed there all the way and scored her first stakes win by half a length. Idle since breaking her maiden at Del Mar in September, the daughter of The Green Monkey is now 4-2-1-1 and has earned $108,110. The first stakes winner for her sire, she was sold for $82,000 by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack work

Loooch Racing Stable’s Caviar N Champagne picked up her first stakes win on Saturday, surging to take charge of Thistledown’s $50,000 Michael G. Mackey Memorial Handicap in the stretch and rolling to a 5-1/4 length victory. One for three this year, the 4-year-old Formal Dinner filly was sold for $13,000 by Lynne Boutte, Agent, at the 2010 OBS August Sale. Now 21-5-4-4, she has earned $158,404 to date.