Race of the Week 2017

Ramseys Break Keeneland Win Record


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.


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 in 2005.

Maker, leading trainer at Keeneland in the fall of 2008, has won five stakes here, including the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) with Stately Victor.

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.





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