Amen Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, snagged his first stakes victory in the $70,000 Tropical Park Derby with Juan Delgado aboard. As the post-time favorite, Amen Kitten battled it out down the stretch with Midnight Cello, who finished second.
“We were quite amazed that he won,” said Mark Partridge, the Ramsey Farm Manager. “Anything that could go wrong, from the shipping to everything to get to the jockey, went wrong. They cancelled the flight because they couldn’t get groomed. He just got off the van at 3 a.m. this morning. We knew he had it in him, he’d just gone through so much.”
Despite his chaotic journey to the starting gate, Amen Kitten won by a head after stalking the pace in the fourth spot for much of the race. Amen Kitten rallied along the hedge to drive down the stretch with Midnight Cello and Grand Tito, pulling ahead to take the win at the line.
“I didn’t have a chance to see the program,” said Delgado. “I came out and broke and just saw what happened in the race and made the move to the wire.”
Amen Kitten returned $4.40, $3.00, and $2.40 for the win. Midnight Cello paid $3.60 and $2.60 for second, and Grand Tito returned $3.80 for third.
Completing the order of finish were Padilla, Manzuti, Ayrton, Offlee Fast, Grad Student, Uptown Anthem, Boy of Summer, and Colossians.