Ramsey Determined To Send ‘Underappreciated’ Stallion Kitten’s Joy Overseas

Although Kitten’s Joy leads the North American turf sire list for the fifth year in a row, and is also the co-leading active sire for stakes and group/graded winners alongside Tapit, the stallion’s offspring brought an average of $114,464 at this year’s Keeneland September sale. Owner Ken Ramsey told thoroughbreddailynews.com that he is now “90 percent” sure he will be able to get a deal done to stand his homebred stallion overseas, noting that he has been fielding calls from several stud farms in England, as well as in Ireland, Qatar and even in Canada.

Popular Claiborne stallion War Front’s offspring averaged $770,000 at the September sale, but Kitten’s Joy is ranked higher on the leading sire lists. Ramsey said that he has gotten three times the price for his Kitten’s Joy yearlings when sending them overseas, as opposed to when he sells them at Keeneland.

“He is the most underappreciated sire in North America,” Ramsey said. “I am disgusted at what those horses sold for at Keeneland. He is the number-one living sire in North America, yet people here just aren’t interested in buying his yearlings. All the good ones are being bought by Europeans as it is, so that’s another reason to send him over there. I understand why. People here with the Grade I-winning mares want to breed to Tapit and the top commercial dirt sires. And those are the horses people are willing to pay the big money for.”

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