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January 16, 2019 





Barry Ostrager has announced that multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Camelot Kitten will join the 2019 stallion roster at Questroyal North in Stillwater, N. Y., where he will become the first son of perennial leading sire Kitten's Joy to stand in the Empire State.

The 6-year-old Camelot Kitten is owned by his breeders, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey, and will stand as their property for $5,000, live foal. The Ramseys have been in the top 10 on the North American leading owners' list every year since 2009, and topped the list three times. 


Camelot Kitten won six races, five of them stakes, and finished second three times, including two graded stakes, while earning $1,068,977. He broke his maiden at Belmont Park in his 2-year-old debut, and his first stakes victory came at age three in the Gr. II American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Four weeks later, he captured the Gr. III Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont, followed by a score in the Gr. II National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. He then won the Gr. III Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont, capping a sophomore season in which his exceptional stretch prowess accounted for four graded stakes. 


Camelot Kitten has four full brothers, all winners, out of the Forestry mare Celestial Woods, including multiple graded stakes-winner Bobby's Kitten. Now eight, he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint and was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, earning $1,389,417. He stands in England for 12,500 euros and his first foals are yearlings of 2019. He is a shuttle stallion and is the first son of Kitten's Joy to stand in Australia. 


Three other sons of Kitten's Joy will be standing for the first time in 2019. Roaring Lion has joined the stallion ranks for Qatar Racing at Tweenhills Stud. He's a four-time Group I winner with earnings of $3.57 million. Oscar Performance, a 7-time graded stakes-winner who earned $2.34 million, will stand at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington for $20,000, and Hawkbill, Champion 3-year-old in England and 6-time Group winner, will stand at Dalham Stud in Newmarket for 7,500 euros.


Kitten's Joy was the leading sire in North America in 2018, the second time he has reached the top spot in the last six years. He was in the top five in the other four seasons, finishing at No. 3 in 2014 and 2015, No. 5 in 2016, and No. 3 in 2017. 


In the season that just concluded, Kitten's Joy set a personal record of more than $18.6 million in progeny earnings. He has reached nearly $97 million in career earnings, has been the No. 1 turf sire for the last six years, and is the No. 1 sire by average number of stakes-winners per year (19) for five. His runners have won nearly 2,100 races and averaged more than $100,000 per starter. He wound up 2018 in second place on the general sire list with 177 winners, just three behind the leader, and was No. 1 with 80 repeat winners. He's just nine away from 100 black-type winners and has 174 registered 2-year-olds. Kitten's Joy stands in Kentucky for $75,000 live foal.


For more information and booking to Camelot Kitten, please contact: Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280, [email protected] or, Bill Allen, Farm Manager (518) 965-9346, [email protected]