Updated on 09/15/2011 2:24PM

Silent Emotion may get cooked


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - While stakes-winning Silent Emotion typifies the kind of runner that Ken and Sarah Ramsey enjoy owning and watching, the lesser lights of the couple's stable are about to find new homes through the claim box or private sale.

The Ramseys, who have won or tied for leading owner at the last three Churchill Downs meets, are in the process of culling their cheaper stock with the goal of buying the type of horses that can win major races. The result will be fewer horses, so the Ramseys' main trainer, Chuck Simon, will be seeking outside clients.

"Mr. Ramsey wants to win the Kentucky Derby," Simon said Tuesday between races. "He's tasted what it's like to be leading owner. He's moving on, and I'm actively seeking new customers."

In the meantime, Simon - a longtime Allen Jerkens assistant - and the Ramseys are doing what they can to keep the stable rolling. Silent Emotion, winner of the Pleasant Temper Stakes at Kentucky Downs in her last start, is one of the likely favorites in the Thursday feature, a $59,800 classified allowance for filly-mare turf runners.

Simon, knowing the early foot that Silent Emotion possesses, was disappointed to see that Please Sign In, a speedy Chicago invader, also is entered in the field of seven.

"I just hope they don't ruin each other," he said.

If they do, perhaps the filly My Sweet Westly will benefit most.

My Sweet Westly has done some of her best work at Churchill, and might be reaching her peak, finishing second in her last two starts.

"I got her back at Saratoga this summer, and she's been doing great," said Dale Romans, who trained My Sweet Westly last year, until the filly moved to Eddie Plesa Jr. in south Florida. "I think she's going to run real big."

Other starters in the 1 1/16-mile feature are Doubly Fun, Life's an E Ticket, Abita, and Elaine's Booboo.

Three other allowance races also are carded Thursday. In the seventh, a $58,500 filly-mare sprint, The Hess Express could be the one to beat after scoring a sharp victory at Keeneland in her previous start.

* Tijiyr, winner of the Explosive Bid at Fair Grounds in March, will be supplemented for $7,500 to the $150,000 River City Handicap here Sunday, said trainer Niall O'Callaghan. If so, it will be Tijiyr's first start since finishing third in the Grade 1 Manhattan June 9. Dr. Kashnikow, Strategic Mission, and Minor Wisdom are among his likely rivals.

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