Court Lands First KTM Honor as Leading Jockey

Jon Court, who parlayed a chance trip to Hoosier Park in the mid-1990s into a successful career as one of the top riders in Kentucky, has been named Kentucky Thoroughbred Media's jockey of the year for 2001. Court won 183 races in Kentucky last year.

It is the first KTM award for Court, who eclipsed 2000 recipient Pat Day's 169 victories in the state. Bernie Flint captured the KTM trainer of the year award for a fourth straight season, while Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey repeated as KTM owner of the year for 2001.

Flint again topped the trainer standings with 97 victories at Kentucky's five Thoroughbred tracks last year. Dale Romans was second with 58 wins. The Ramseys also dominated, with 42 wins compared with 26 for runner-up McKee Stable.

Court, Flint, and the Ramseys will be honored March 23 during the Lane's End Spiral Stakes undercard at Turfway Park. The awards are co-sponsored by the KTM and The Jockey Club Information Systems, which provides the statistical information. The awards are determined by the most wins in a calendar year at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, and Turfway Park.