Kentucky Owner Under Investigation

The Kentucky Racing Authority is investigating a prominent owner for allegedly attempting to persuade another owner to scratch a horse from a race.

Although the authority has not released the name of the owner, the Daily Racing Form has reported the owner as Ken Ramsey.

Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Racing Authority, said he could not elaborate on the case due to a state statute.

"The case is still under investigation by the stewards and is in the hands of the Kentucky Racing Authority," Gallagher said following the Jan. 13 meeting of the regulatory agency.

Gallagher said he was unsure whether the case would be resolved before the authority's next scheduled meeting Feb. 22 or if action would be taken in the interim.

According to the Form, Ramsey allegedly attempted to persuade an owner at Turfway Park to scratch a horse from a Dec. 31 race so his 2-year-old son of Catienus, Ken's Cat, would draw into the field. The other owner did not scratch from the race and Ken's Cat failed to draw into the field, according to the Form.

Ken Ramsey and his wife, Sarah, who are among the finalists for a 2004 Eclipse Award as leading owners, were not present at the meeting.

In other business, the authority approved a license for Players Bluegrass Downs to construct a simulcast facility near Fulton, Ky. The facility is expected to be operational by March 1.