Hill ‘n' Dale Farms announced today that it has purchased a 50% percent interest in leading sire Kitten's Joy. The stallion will relocate from Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., to the Hill ‘n' Dale stallion complex in Lexington.
Kitten's Joy is the leading active sire in North America by 2017 progeny earnings. He is currently the leading turf sire in North America as well, a title he held in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. He has sired 11 millionaires, including Breeders' Cup winners Stephanie's Kitten, Oscar Performance and Bobby's Kitten.
“Multiple Eclipse Award-winning owners and breeders Sarah and Kenneth Ramsey have built an international racing and breeding dynasty on the shoulders of their champion sire,” said John G. Sikura, president of Hill ‘n' Dale Farms. “As they had entertained offers from around the world, we are humbled that the Ramseys have chosen Hill ‘n' Dale as the new home for Kitten's Joy. We are honored that they are entrusting us with his legacy. This horse has been a family member to them, so I understand how difficult a decision it was to make.
“We are committed to building upon this incredible sire's résumé and writing the next chapter in his exceptional stud career,” added Sikura. “He is poised to become the next important North American-based international sire. Roaring Lion's win in the Royal Lodge Stakes has many calling him the best 2-year-old in England. Kitten's Joy will occupy what was Theatrical's stall at our stallion complex.
Sikura said Kitten's Joy will stand for $60,000 live foal/stands and nurses for the 2018 season. “I think that's an extremely fair price,” he said.
“The decision to sell an interest in our prized colt and move him to another farm was a heart-wrenching decision,” said Ken Ramsey. “As a family, we unanimously decided to move the stallion to Hill ‘n' Dale. It was not a matter of money, as we received higher offers from other farms. John Sikura is operating on an international level and has developed a reputation of being second to none in the stallion business. This horse is my family's legacy. We couldn't be more pleased with turning the reins over to Hill ‘n' Dale to write the next chapter in his career.
“We bred to race, not for the commercial market,” Ramsey added, “and we have enjoyed the ride, the trophies and the titles that came with that decision. We established an iconic brand in this horse. Hill ‘n' Dale Farms is a world leader in commercial sales. We agreed that he will not shuttle and we've been assured that the family can visit at any time. It is agreed that upon retirement, he will return to the farm to receive the respect he has earned and that a champion deserves.”
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