Edited press release
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, whose five victories in six races last year included Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II), and Lothenbach Stables' Mayo On the Side, upset winner over Azeri in the Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, have been honored by members of Kentucky Thoroughbred Media as the Kentucky-based "Horses of the Year" for 2004.
Roses In May earned the Boston Harbor Award that honors the top male Thoroughbred that raced at Kentucky tracks last year. Mayo On the Side earned the Morris Code Award, which honors the top female to race primarily at Kentucky tracks.
The winners were determined in voting by KTM members. They will be honored after the fifth race at Turfway Sept. 17 during the Kentucky Cup day program.
The awards, which are being presented for the ninth year, recognize horses that displayed excellence at Kentucky tracks and whose connections made a commitment to support racing in Kentucky. They are named in honor of the horses that earned the inaugural honors as the KTM's Kentucky-raced "Horses of the Year"--Overbrook Farm's 1996 juvenile champion Boston Harbor, and Dolphus Morrison's multiple stakes-winning filly Morris Code.
Roses in May launched his 4-year-old campaign with a pair of allowance wins at Keeneland and Churchill. He then upset 2003 Boston Harbor winner Perfect Drift in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), and edged the same rival in Saratoga's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) to give Churchill-based trainer Dale Romans his first grade I victory.
The son of Devil His Due then won the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic by four lengths before he suffered his only loss of the season in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Lone Star Park. Roses in May finished his big year with $1,723,277 in earnings.
The 5-year-old Mayo On the Side, trained by Carl Nafzger, was a true Kentucky horse as the daughter of French Deputy competed in races at all four Kentucky dirt tracks. She compiled a 2-2-3 in 12 starts, but the highlight of her career was her upset win over 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri in the $250,000 Humana Distaff.
Mayo On the Side also captured Keeneland's $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes in a season that included a runner-up finishes in the $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. III) and Ellis Park's HBPA Handicap. She earned $405,241 during the 2004 season.
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