Having been the dominant owners at Keeneland for the better part of the last decade, it is fitting Ken and Sarah Ramsey grabbed one of the track’s long-standing milestones for themselves.
The Ramseys established a new mark for most wins by an owner in any Keeneland meet when Scealeile came home under leading rider Joel Rosario in the opening race Saturday to become the couple’s 13th winner of the Spring Meet.
Based in Nicholasville, the Ramseys had been tied with Calumet Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberts for the all-time mark. The Ramseys previously won 12 races to take the 2012 Fall Meet title with Calumet having a dozen winners during the 1941 Spring Meet title and the Roberts boasting 12 victories in Fall 1968.
With little more than a week still to go in the current meet, the always-enthusiastic Ken Ramsey was savoring his operation’s achievement and looking forward to trying to better it.
“We don’t want to set the bar too high so that the grand kids can have the opportunity to break it,” Ramsey laughed. “Seventy two years, that’s a long time. But I think we should add a couple for insurance to make sure no body else sneaks up on us.”
Later on the card, Awesome Flower – who scored the first win of the meet for the Ramseys when she took the first race on opening day April 5 – triumphed in the seventh race to bring the new record total to 14.
Scealeile is conditioned by Mike Maker, who leads all Keeneland trainers with 14 wins – two off the Spring Meet record of 16 set by Todd Pletcher in 2005.
The Ramseys themselves have all but locked up what will be their 12th Keeneland meet title overall, six of which have been won outright.
“How sweet is it, as Jackie Gleason would say,” Ramsey said.