Stephanie’s Kitten sold privately to Northern Farm in Japan

One day after failing to meet her reserve at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, reigning Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Stephanie’s Kitten has been sold privately to Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm in Japan for $2.8 million, owner Ken Ramsey confirmed Monday.

Stephanie’s Kitten brought a final bid of $2.95 million at Fasig-Tipton Sunday night, below the reserve of $2.99 Ramsey put on the homebred daughter of Kitten’s Joy. Ramsey said Sunday that the plan was to bring the 6-year-old mare home to their Nicholasville-based farm and breed her themselves. However, representatives of Northern Farm came back with an offer of $2.7 million Sunday night and after some negotiation and evaluating of the market, Ramsey said they could have his prized mare at the $2.8 million price tag.

“We thought it was over with. We started trying to find out about (stallions) and make some inquiries and we figured we were finished,” Ramsey said. “This morning….I said ‘Well the sales are down. The indicators are down’. If they want to buy her for $2.8 million they can have her.”

Stephanie’s Kitten was also an RNA at $3.95 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November sale.

The decision to enter Stephanie’s Kitten in the Fasig-Tipton sale was not a popular one among the Ramsey family  as she is named after Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s granddaughter. She is also a candidate for the Hall of Fame with her race resume, winning Grade I races at ages 2, 4, 5 and 6.

The bay mare captured the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and her win in the Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday made her first horse to win multiple Breeders’ Cup starts with four years in between.

“I am (crestfallen), we were already talking about which stallion we were going to breed her to,” said Jeff Ramsey, son of Ken and Sarah and father of their granddaughter Stephanie. “We actually made phone calls this morning. I thought we were keeping her. So did dad, he thought we were keeping her too.”

Stephanie’s Kitten retires with 11 wins from 25 starts and $4,292,904 in earnings.

“Last September, I bought Stephanie’s Kitten’s full sister so I’m not out of the family entirely,” Ken Ramsey said. “It’s just time to take a little money off the table. She’ll have a great home and they’ll take good care of her. I feel good about where she is going. All in all, I think I made the right decision for me, the family, and for her.”