Owner Ken Ramsey, who was fined $25,000 and suspended for seven days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for improperly attempting to influence another owner to scratch a horse at Turfway Park, issued a statement Jan. 24 regarding the situation.
The release came following a big night for Ramsey and his wife, Sarah, as they won a pair of Eclipse Awards: Their homebred Kitten's Joy was named top turf male, and the Ramseys were named outstanding owner.The statement, in its entirety, is as follows:
On Jan. 9, my wife and I left on a cruise that took us to South America through the Panama Canal and ended in San Diego on Jan. 22. As a result, I have been almost incommunicado for the last two weeks. Now that I am back and having been contacted by several members of the press, I wanted to address questions about my actions in the matter that took place at the end of December at Turfway Park.
First, I'd like to refer to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority ruling on the matter. Specifically: "That the licensee did not purposely violate said rule and any other rule of racing, and further, his actions were not undertaken with any desire or intention to denigrate the integrity of the sport of horseracing."
This is what they said I did and after reviewing the rules, I realize they were right. I accepted the ruling and full responsibility. It was a simple as that. Please note, in all fairness, paragraph number two, as that, to me, was the most important finding. When they finished their investigation, the evidence and the facts supported the agreement.
I have accepted full responsibility in this matter. Essentially, I let my enthusiasm and competitive nature cloud my good judgment. I deeply regret the incident and the negative publicity it has caused my family and the industry.
I have been in this great sport for over 45 years as a fan, bettor, owner, and breeder. I would never do anything to harm horseracing, a game I love and enjoy so much. My whole life revolves around horses.
I made a mistake. I have accepted the penalties. I was totally cooperative with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. I want to thank the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for its fair and impartial handling of this matter.
Again, I sincerely apologize and ask your forgiveness. I would like to put this matter behind me and look forward to another great year for my horses, my family, and the greatest game on earth.