Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Churchill Downs' all-time leading owners in races
won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day
Spring Meet when The Sixties-GB cruised to a five-length victory in
Thursday's fifth race.
The Ramseys' record 28th win broke
the previous single-season mark of 27, which was set by A.J. Foyt Jr.
during the 93-day Spring/Summer Meet in 1984. They equaled the old
record on June 23 when Smittenwithkitten won the seventh race and gave
the Nicholasville, Ky. couple their third winner of the afternoon.
"It's an honor to break the record and we did it in less than half the time," Ken Ramsey said.
The Ramseys are poised to collect their record 19th title as the
meet's leading owner at Churchill Downs. They lead Bert, Elaine and
Richard Klein by 21 with 32 races remaining. This will be their ninth at
the Spring Meet and first since 2009. They also have won 10 Fall Meet
titles, most recently in 2011.
"I've got a bunch of good
trainers and the top jockeys are riding for me," Ramsey said. "I'd
rather have them riding for me than against me."
Meet ends Sunday and the Ramseys have six horses entered Friday, two
horses entered Saturday and seven horses entered on Closing Day.
"Now we're going to pad the record and put it out of reach," Ramsey said. "We're going to try to get 30 here."
The Ramseys, Eclipse Awards winners for Outstanding Owner in 2004
and 2011, won 25 races at Keeneland's Spring Meet and shattered the
previous record of 12 wins by an owner during a single race meeting at
the Lexington racetrack.