When Scealeile won the first race on Saturday, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey scored their 13th
victory of the spring meet, surpassing the record of 12 wins they held
with Calumet Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roberts. By the end of the
10-race card, the Ramseys had added two more victories by winning the
seventh race with Awesome Flower and the 10th race with Suyeta.
The Ramseys, who own Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, won a
total of 12 races during Keeneland’s 2012 fall meet. That number tied
them with Calumet, which achieved the mark in the spring of 1941, and
the Robertses, who won 12 races during the 1968 fall meet.
Winners of the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner in 2011, the Ramseys are well on their way to their 12th
title as Keeneland’s leading owner, which includes a sweep of last
year’s spring and fall race meets. Through the first 12 days of the
16-day 2013 spring season, they have nine more wins than the meet’s
second winningest owner, George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable.
Scaeleile, a two-year-old Master Command filly, was ridden by Joel
Rosario and trained by Mike Maker. Rosario and Maker also teamed up for
the wins with Awesome Flower, a four-year-old Flower Alley filly, and
Suyeta, a seven-year-old Indian Charlie gelding. They lead the Keeneland
standings in their respective categories.
The Ramseys, whose other winners this meet include three winners on
April 7, started 45 horses through Saturday. They have seven horses
entered today, six horses entered for Wednesday and seven horses entered
for Thursday. With all this activity, Ken Ramsey believes the number of
wins will grow.
“I’m going to raise the bar up so my grandkids are going to have the
fun of trying to break it a few years down the road,” he said on
Saturday. “I hope when it’s broke I’ll be pushing up daisies.”
Meanwhile, the Ramseys are closing in on another Keeneland milestone.
Horses they have raced have won seven graded stakes here. With one more
graded stakes victory, they will receive a gold tray as part of
Keeneland’s signature graded stakes trophy program. Only 17 other owners
in Keeneland history have achieved such an accomplishment.
MAKER AND ROSARIO CHASE SPRING MEET RECORDS
Trainer Michael Maker and jockey Joel Rosario are each within striking distance of spring meeting win records at Keeneland.
Maker won three races on Saturday (1st with Scealeile, 7th with Awesome Flower and the 10th
with Suyeta) to bring his season total to 15 wins. That mark is just
one win shy of the record 16 spring meet wins recorded by Todd Pletcher
Maker, leading trainer at Keeneland in the fall of 2008, has won five
stakes here, including the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) with
Rosario, who is riding a full meet at Keeneland for the first time in
his career, leads the jockey standings with 26 wins, double the number
posted by Julien Leparoux for second. Winner of the recent Beaumont
Stakes (G2) with Ciao Bella Luna and Appalachian Stakes (G3) with
Unbelievable Dream, Rosario is chasing the 32-win total set by Randy
Romero in the spring of 1990.
Rosario boosted his spring totals with a five-win day on April 18, and four-win days on April 7 and April 20.
Maker and Rosario have teamed to win 10 races this spring, including
Saturday’s win with Scealeile, which gave owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey
their record-setting 13th win this meet.
D. Wayne Lukas and Pat Day, Keeneland’s leading trainer and jockey,
respectively, by total wins and stakes wins, hold the overall records
for number of wins in a single season: Lukas won 22 races during the
1989 fall meet while Pat Day won 45 races in the fall of 1991.