Trainer Mike Maker gets career win 2,000 at Turfway Park Thursday with a horse owned by the Ramseys

Trainer Mike Maker scored his 2,000th career victory Thursday, as Tomahawk Kitten scored his first, cruising home a 4 1/4-length winner in the first race at Turfway Park. Maker (file photo) Fittingly, Tomahawk Kitten was bred and is owned by Maker’s longtime clients Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The 2-year-old colt sat off the pace down the backstretch of the one-mile maiden claiming race, swept five wide...

Wagering at Kentucky Downs set new record in 2017, increasing 34 percent to over $30 million

Kentucky Downs concluded a record-shattering five-date session up 34 percent in wagering on the all-grass meet that has stamped itself among the most unique experiences in American races. Even with having to move its opening card from Saturday of Labor Day weekend to the following Wednesday following a 6-inch deluge of rain, Kentucky Downs shattered last year’s betting record. Wagering from all...

Penultimate session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale led by $90,000 colt by First Defence

A colt by First Defence sold to multiple Eclipse Award-winning owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey for $90,000 to top Saturday’s 12th of 13 sessions of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. During the first day of the two-day Book 6 portion of the sale, Keeneland sold 168 yearlings for $1,490,300, just below the 12th and final session of last year’s auction when 170 horses grossed $1,518,800. The average...

Sizzling performance by Hoppertunity, icy weather highlights of Churchill fall meet

Sizzling equine performances topped by a Hoppertunity victory in the Grade I Clark Handicap, dazzling performances by rising 2-year-olds in a pair of “Stars of Tomorrow” programs and an early winter blast that forced the cancellation of back-to-back racing days for the first time in more than four decades were highlights of Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet that concluded on Sunday.   An unusually...

Bobby’s Kitten 3-1 morning-line favorite in field of 14 for Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Bobby’s Kitten, runaway winner of the Pilgrim (G3) last fall, heads a field of 14 horses and one also-eligible for Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.   The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass serves as a major steppingstone for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). The race offers 170 points toward qualification...

Bobby's Kitten 3-1 morning-line favorite in field of 14 for Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Bobby’s Kitten, runaway winner of the Pilgrim (G3) last fall, heads a field of 14 horses and one also-eligible for Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.   The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass serves as a major steppingstone for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). The race offers 170 points toward qualification...