Derby Kitten

“What are the odds,” asked Ken Ramsey, “of naming a horse Derby Kitten and him getting in the Derby?” He can’t contain his glee; he’s laughing infectiously, and everyone within earshot smiles with this man, taking such obvious Joy (yeah, pun intended) in his Derby contender. Last year, I spoke with Ramsey about his Kitten-naming…

Talking Cats and Kittens with Ken Ramsey

May 2008 brought news that caused much consternation in the Backstretch household. “Storm Cat Pensioned,” read the headline in the Blood-Horse. Storm Cat pensioned? Good-bye to generations of Cat horses? Good-bye to nearly unlimited hunch betting? Feline brows furrowed. Fast forward just about a year…and all of a sudden, signs of feline fecundity were everywhere.…

Sunday morning quick picks

In no particular order, racing bits that have recently amused me: Day of the Kitten at Belmont on Friday afternoon—and race 4 had “hunch bets” written all over it for me: three Kitten’s Joy offspring (Raise the Kitty, Lisa’s Kitten, Jill’s Kitten) and an Afleet Alex filly. Unfortunately, they were all blown off the track…