Jockey Julien Leparoux and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were repeat winners as leading jockey and owner, while Steve Asmussen moved back atop the trainer rankings in the 18th Kentucky Thoroughbred Media Awards, which are presented annually to Kentucky's statistical leaders in racing.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Media Awards honor the trainer, jockey, and owner who collect the largest number of victories during a calendar year at Kentucky tracks.
The awards are co-sponsored by KTM and The Jockey Club Information Systems. The latter provides statistical information that determines each year’s honorees. The awards are based on total victories in each category at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, and Turfway Park.
Leparoux, the Ramseys, and Asmussen will receive their KTM awards for 2007 March 22, during the racing program headlined by the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
Leparoux, a 24-year-old native of Senlis, France, earned his second consecutive KTM award by piloting 231 winners at Kentucky tracks. He swept the spring and fall meet riding titles at Churchill Downs, earned the spring title at Keeneland, and took the winter-spring crown at Turfway Park.
Asmussen, who led the nation in victories in for a third time in 2007, collected 77 wins at state tracks in 2007 to earn his second KTM honor. Asmussen, who earned his previous KTM award in 2004, swept the spring and fall meet training crowns at Churchill Downs and saddled a record 46 winners during its 52-day spring session.
The Ramseys’ 2007 KTM honor marked the eighth consecutive year in which the Nicholasville, Ky.-based couple had earned the award. Horses carrying their familiar red and white silks won 49 races at Kentucky tracks in 2007 — two more than their total from the previous year. The Ramseys earned the leading owner title at the Churchill Downs fall meet, their record 12th crown under the Twin Spires.