12/01/2012 6:35PM

Gulfstream Park: Jewel victory by Parent's Honor completes four-win day for Maker, Ramseys

Courtney Stafford
Parent's Honor, ridden by Alan Garcia, outgames Dominant Jeannes to win the $200,000 Jewel.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Mike Maker and his principal owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, capped off a memorable afternoon when Parent’s Honor rallied from near the rear of the field to capture the $200,000 Jewel for their fourth Claiming Crown victory on Saturday’s opening day program at Gulfstream Park. The Claiming Crown was held at Gulfstream for the first time this year.

Parent’s Honor ($34.40) proved three-quarters of a length better than Dominant Jeannes, who in turn finished 2 1/2 lengths clear of Flatter This in the Jewel. Private Tale, the 9-5 favorite, raced well placed but weakened late to be fourth.  Parent’s Honor also completed the Claiming Crown pick seven that returned $6,030 for six of seven winners. 

The four victories made Maker the winningest trainer in Claiming Crown history, 10 of his 11 victories coming for the Ramseys. The potent owner-trainer combination had won earlier in the day with Brother Bird (Iron Horse), Bernie the Maestro (Rapid Transit), and Starsilhouette (Tiara). They narrowly missed a fifth Claiming Crown win with Major Marvel, who was beaten a head by Nikki’s Sandcastle in the Emerald.

Parent’s Honor, who had Maker scratching his head after finishing far back in his two starts since being haltered for $35,000 at Saratoga in mid-August, raced well off the early pace of Willy Elliott through the opening five furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Jewel. Parent’s Honor commenced his rally on the turn, with Alan Garcia guiding him through a narrow opening near midstretch to continue a bid that allowed him to run down Dominant Jeannes, who had gained a short advantage in early stretch.

“I’d say we should be called the king  and queen of the Claiming Crown,” said Ramsey. “My wife, we’ve got to put her in. We had gone six for nine before [in the Claiming Crown] and I didn’t think it was possible to make that kind of percentage down here but my God, we got four out six and also lost by a nostril and got a third. I can’t believe it! ”

Maker said he had been expecting the type of effort he got from Parent’s Honor in the Jewel in each of his two prior starts off the claim.

“I’d been touting this horse for two races and every time he made me shake my head and roll my eyes,” said Maker. “Finally he showed up and ran as well as he’d trained.”