10/21/2013 12:03PM

Keeneland notes: Ramseys set another fall-meet record as leading owners

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Captain Cook carried the red and whilte silks of Ken and Sarah Ramsey to victory on Sunday at Keeneland, giving the owners their record-breaking 13th win of the meet.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ken and Sarah Ramsey set yet another record Sunday at Keeneland when Captain Cook carried their red and white silks to victory in the ninth race, giving them 13 wins here this month and breaking the fall-meet mark they set last year with 12 wins.

At the Keeneland spring meet in April, the Ramseys smashed the all-time track mark for wins at any Keeneland meet with 25. Remarkably, this latest Keeneland title will mark the seventh time this year they set a record for wins at an individual meet, following Gulfstream Park, Keeneland (spring), Churchill Downs (spring), Saratoga, Kentucky Downs, and Churchill (September).

Ken Ramsey said with a laugh Monday from his Nicholasville, Ky., farm that, “We’re probably also the stable to beat” at the Churchill fall meet that begins Sunday.

The Ramseys, who won the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner in 2004 and 2011, are enjoying by far their best year ever, with 189 wins and stable earnings of nearly $10.8 million through last weekend. They will be prominent at the upcoming Breeders’ Cup with seven prospective starters: Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution, Kitten’s Dumplings, and four 2-year-olds.

Maker leads trainers

With 11 wins through Sunday, Mike Maker, one of the handful of trainers employed by the Ramseys, has a virtual lock on his third Keeneland title. Maker also was the leading trainer at the 2008 fall meet and last spring, when he also set a record with 25 wins.

As for the jockeys’ race, it’s a tight one. With four of 17 programs remaining, Rosie Napravnik held a 10-9 lead over Joe Rocco Jr., with Alan Garcia next with eight wins and four riders with seven each.

Rocco, incidentally, has been held blameless for his role in the disqualification of his mount, R Next Escapade, from first in a $40,000 claiming sprint Friday after being called in to review the race Sunday with the Keeneland stewards.

Double take

The first two-time winner of the meet came charging home Sunday in the second race, much to the delight of the longtime track physician at Keeneland, Barry Schumer.

Schumer owns Strong Resolve in partnership with James F. Brown. Strong Resolve won Sunday on a raise into $16,000 claiming company after winning a $10,000 race on opening day, Oct. 4, marking the first time Schumer ever has been represented by a winner at his hometown track. The 4-year-old gelding is trained by Mike Rogers.

“First two-time meet winner!!” Schumer exclaimed by text message. “Who knew?”

Madame Cactus to La Brea

Madame Cactus, the California-based filly who needed two scratches Saturday to make it off the also-eligibles list before upsetting the Grade 2 Raven Run at 11-1, probably will run next in the Grade 1 La Brea at Santa Anita at the end of the year, said trainer Peter Eurton.

Eden Prairie, beaten a neck as the runner-up, will ship soon to Fair Grounds for a race there, said trainer Neil Pessin.

Lighthouse Bay, scratched as one of the morning-line favorites as the only Grade 1 winner in the race, was diagnosed Saturday morning with a foot bruise or abscess, said trainer George Weaver.

Intentional namesake?

A first-time starter named General a Rod was one of three winners for Maker on Friday, but the trainer is unsure whether owner J. Armando Rodriguez intended to name the horse for A-Rod, the nickname for baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

“The owner lives out of the country, so I’m not sure,” Maker said.

Rahystrada finds another spot

Rahystrada, scratched from the Sycamore Stakes when it was transferred Thursday from the turf to the Polytrack, is part of a salty group of older turf horses in the Thursday feature, a $66,000 classified allowance. Among the opposition are Air Support, Utley, and Keep Up.

Final stakes draw Wednesday

Entries for the lone stakes remaining at the meet, the Grade 2, $200,000 Fayette Stakes on Saturday, will be drawn Wednesday. A big field is expected for the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race, with Willcox Inn perhaps a slight favorite.

rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
New Handicapping Tool: Bet the Ramsey horse W or Pl. If for some strange reason they fail to win they surely will run 2nd. stuckinarizona
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
When did the "R" begin showing up on the jockey cap and blinkers. I don't remember them before this meet.
WarChant More than 1 year ago
since the owners name is j ARMANDO RODriguez, i';m thinking mike maker knows full well the horse is named for the owner and not AROD. gather he just couldnt be bothered to give a straight answer
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Somebody better take Ramseys condition books away from him. He'll be head hunting the claiming ranks for anything that fits the Churchill fall meet.
Richard More than 1 year ago
I bet the dam thing ,,wow what a rip..
Greg More than 1 year ago
Ramsey is literally nuts, they interviewed him at keenland sunday before run kitten run , an he said the horse cant win an the odds went from 2-1to 7-2 in 3 minutes. horse took 5th
M More than 1 year ago
ramseys on fire. they had a maiden to allowance wire to wire at KEE on friday that went off 5-1.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Couple ounces of kittens joy is best performance enhancing drug in horse racing. The WAY IT SHOULD BE. Breed the best with the best and hope for the best. Go Ramseys
Starr D More than 1 year ago
Rahman, Ramsey doesn't breed the "best" with the best. He bought many low level mares to breed to KJ. What he evidently does do well is match pedigrees. (The Blood Horse has a recent article on his breeding practices) But what I want to point out is what he had to say in another article in Blood Horse a couple months ago about his claiming practices. His trainers claim horses for him and once they get the horse they run blood, xrays, etc on it to see if it has any problems. If the horse has a problem that they can fix then they go ahead and fix it. However, if they discover a problem they cannot fix, then according to his words, "they plunge them down at the lowest level and hope they are not the last to own them". So, he admits that if he ends up with a horse with physical problems that cannot be fixed, instead of retiring it and sending it to be re-trained or just finding it a forever home, he puts it back out there to be claimed and become someone else's problem. That is not responsible ownership in my book and does not deserve any kudos!!!
jackdsplns More than 1 year ago
And that explains why when Maker and all his other trainers take a huge class drop they rarely win and often finish many lengths behind as the heavy favorite.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Excellent points. I've read those comments and wondered myself about the ethics of this prominent owner who apparently does not feel any responsibilty for ensuring the long-term welfare of his many horses. And reading his recent comment about how he was "walking on water" just turned me off further. No, Mr. Ramsey, you are not the Messiah, despite your recent success. Others who know the Ramseys far better than I do seem to feel that they are good for racing, so I will reserve judgment, but it certainly does not seem that the welfare of the horse is uppermost in Mr. Ramsey's mind.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
This week we had a guy, giving horses viagra or cialis or , trainers getting suspendeor for whole meets some got ten year ban. we have horses with questionable pedigree winning graded stakes all over the place some winning eclipse yep I said it. Kittens joy was a star on the track and he is producing stars on the track now. That is what the this sport was created on passing on superior genes not doping up horses. Maybe the broodmare did not do well on the track and come from claiming ranks, check there pedigree maybe they are out of some quality sires.
Brian Russell More than 1 year ago
Starr D, You are reading something into his comments because you apparently like controversy even if you have to create it. I read the same comments and it is clear what he meant is that if they didn't think they could improve the horse, the moved on to the next one. This also means that when a horse runs bad and they CAN'T find anything wrong with him to fix, the drop him. Despite the thousands and thousands of horses he has run, I can't think of ONE that broke down in a race and had to be put down. I also know of several of his former runners who he has retired at his farm which recently includes Pleasant Prince who he had to claim just to retire. If you insist on knocking someone you would be well advised to find a more deserving target.
Starr D More than 1 year ago
No sir, YOU are the one "reading something in to his comments". His comment was referring to fixing problems with horses he claims and his words were that if he they can't FIX them "they plunge them down at the lowest level and hope they are not the last to own them". That is a quote from him! You can try to determine what he "meant" all day if you want to stick up for him. I am quoting what he SAID.
Starr D More than 1 year ago
FYI: "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" was said by Mr Alfred Vanderbilt who practiced just that.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Still a great line that holds true
mikey More than 1 year ago
In 50 year's i have never seen an owner on a run like KR.This man is a player and loves the game.He can win any meet he sets his mind on.Keep up the good work and keep that smile on your face.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The Ramseys are Kitten-pretty aren't they...