LOUISVILLE — Ken and Sarah Ramsey long ago turned the Churchill Downs oval into their own personal playground.
Now, the Nicholasville-based couple can officially claim to be the most dominant owners the Louisville track has ever hosted.
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The Ramseys kicked down one of the longest held records in Churchill history when they notched two winners on Saturday's card to establish a new Fall Meet record for most wins. They already have 16 victories with two weeks of racing still remaining.
The Ramseys' 16 wins breaks the previous record of 15 that has stood since 1965 and was set by T. Alie Grissom over a 23-day meet. The couple is also a virtual lock to earn their 14th owners' title at Churchill, the most in track history.
"It's a pride thing. It's a great honor to win at Churchill Downs because they treat us so well," Ken Ramsey, who was not in attendance Saturday, said via telephone. "Our No. 1 goal for Churchill this year was to make Mike Maker the leading trainer and I can almost guarantee that will happen because we have a lot more bullets left in the gun."
After Spirit Line captured the second race on the card for the Ramseys, jockey Julien Leparoux — who himself is on pace to shatter the Fall Meet record of 55 wins set by Pat Day in 1985 — guided their chestnut colt Ya Think to victory in the seventh race.
That final win also gave Maker his record-tying 20th win of the Fall Meet, equalling the mark set by Dale Romans in 2003.
"(The Ramseys) have supported me so well so it is ever more special to do it with one of their horses," Maker said.
"Mike is the kind of trainer who never gets shook up," Ken Ramsey added. "I get some sweaty palms myself going into some of those big Grade I races but Mike and Julien both just stay cool and are a joy to work with."
The Ramseys, who also earned their fifth Keeneland owners' title this October, are tied with legendary Calumet Farm with seven Churchill Spring Meet titles and have previously won Fall titles in 2000-03, 2005 and 2007
While they have long been the tour de force owners at Kentucky tracks, each new milestone has become all the more poignant for the Ramseys since Sarah suffered a severe stroke in February 2007 that has left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak.
"Every day she enjoys watching the races as much as I do," Ken Ramsey said. "We had some people here this afternoon but as soon as they left I went running to turn (the races) on. They were putting up the results of Ya Think. I told her, 'They're saying we didn't just tie the record, we broke it.'
"I'm on top of the world."
Indescribable wins feature
Indescribable, seventh at the head of the lane, unleashed a furious kick to edge Long Approach by a head at the wire in the Grade III Cardinal Handicap.
With Kent Desormeaux up, Indescribable covered the 11⁄8 miles in 1:55.77 over a yielding turf. The 4-year-old, who captured the Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap in May, was making just her third career start on the turf.