Leading Sire Kitten’s Joy Moving To Hill ‘n’ Dale, To Stand for $60,000 In 2018

by | 10.05.2017 | 4:35pm
Kitten's Joy

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.”


  • Ida Lee

    Good News for a change….cannot wait to visit Lexington next Spring….I’m going to be visiting a really big “Kitten” …. Hill now has our beloved Curlin, Kitten’s Joy ….proven to be great sires and up and coming new guys like Violence….P.S. They already show KJ in their roster of stallions…that was fast …

  • David Worley

    Good move. The price (evidently) reflects what the commercial market (rather than racing market) will bare.

    • Larry Ensor

      The vast majority of horses are bred for the “commercial market”. The commercial market, market forces dictate the value of all bloodstock.

      In 2014 his fee went from $50,000 to $100,000. The 2016 yearlings off that fee of which 56 were sold at auction averaged $88,683.

      So far 41 of his yearling of 2017 have averaged $104,801. For commercial breeders that dog don’t hunt.

      A stallion owners can charge what ever want. You can lead breeders to water but you can’t make them drink.

      • David Worley

        Larry, interesting market perspective; thanks for sharing. Tell me this, how is it that the commercial market has become so detached from the racing one? By this I mean that the likely return from a crop of horses on the track (in terms of purses) is (seemingly) disconnected from what a sire’s offspring tend to sell for at the sales. I truly don’t understand how the market sustains itself.

  • Going to visit Hill N Dale in a few weeks. I wonder when he is actually moving to his new home? I am so glad he will remain in the US. What a champion!

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  • Larry sterne

    Ramseys are my kind of horseman..

    • Joyce

      Yes, really good horsemen, the horse comes first! Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey…

    • Rachel

      Yes, they breed for the breed’s future, not the flash of the commercial marketplace.

  • Tango F

    Now stop stonewalling and bring him some great mares!

    • Dadnatron

      Good Turf broodmares are harder to find here in the States. And at $100K, it is still more financially reasonable to send a turf mare to Medaglia d’Oro at $150K with a chance at both dirt and turf buyers, than to go to KJ. At $60K, that changes. I suspect he will get many more good mares at that price. Depending on how our current turf sprinter does, KJ might be on our list for his dam at that price, as well. But I wouldn’t do it at $100K regardless. There is just too much risk at that level.

      • Tango F

        New Flash! ( read the article ) …. KJ stud fee dropping to $60K.
        Thanks for Reinforcing my comment!

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