Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the all-time leading owners at Churchill Downs in races won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day spring meet when The Sixties cruised to a five-length victory in the fifth race June 27 (VIDEO).
The Ramseys' record win broke the previous single-season set by A.J. Foyt Jr. during the 93-day spring/summer meet in 1984. They equaled the old record on June 23 when Smittenwithkitten won the seventh race and gave the Nicholasville, Ky., couple a third winner of the afternoon.
"It's an honor to break the record, and we did it in less than half the time," Ken Ramsey said.
The record win came in a $15,000 claiming event at 6 1/2 furlongs. Three-year-old The Sixties, sent off at 1-2 odds, drew off to win easily with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard for trainer Mike Maker.
The Ramseys are poised to collect their record 19th title as the meet's leading owner at Churchill Downs. This will be their ninth at the spring meet and first since 2009. They also have won 10 fall stand titles, most recently in 2011.
"I've got a bunch of good trainers and the top jockeys are riding for me," Ramsey said. "I'd rather have them riding for me than against me."
The spring meet ends Sunday, June 30, and the Ramseys have six horses entered Friday, two horses entered Saturday, and seven horses entered on closing day.
"Now we're going to pad the record and put it out of reach," Ramsey said. "We're going to try to get 30 here."
The Ramseys, Eclipse Awards winners for Outstanding Owner in 2004 and 2011, won 25 races at the Keeneland spring meet and shattered the previous record of 12 wins by an owner during a single race meeting at the Lexington racetrack.