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Turf Champion Kitten’s Joy Retired

September 27, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Kitten’s Joy, last year’s Eclipse Award winner as top male turf horse, has been retired from racing because of an injury to his left knee.

The 4-year-old son of El Prado was preparing to run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. Kitten’s Joy arrived at the Nicholasville, Ky., farm owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who also bred the colt, said the farm manager Mark Partridge.

The colt will stand at stud at Ramsey Farm, although a fee has not yet been set, Partridge said.

Kitten’s Joy underwent an operation last November to remove chips from his knee. The knee didn’t heal properly, Partridge said, and the cartilage in the knee showed wear and tear, ``so you basically have bone on bone,″ Partridge said.

``It’s like arthritis that people get. He could run, but he couldn’t run 100 percent like he’s used to.″

In two races this year, Kitten’s Joy won the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs on July 4 and finished second to Powerscourt in the Arlington Million on Aug. 13.

Kitten’s Joy, trained by Dale Romans, won nine of 14 career starts and finished second four other times for earnings of $2,075,791. As a 3-year-old, he won six graded stakes races and finished second to long shot Better Talk Now in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

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