Churchill Downs reports a 1.9% increase in purses paid at the 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 27 in Louisville.
After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Ramsey Farm announced Nov. 9 that its flagship stallion Kitten's Joy's fee will remain unchanged at $100,000 for the 2017 breeding season.
Keeneland closed its 2016 fall meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Oct. 29 with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering.
It took Ken and Sarah Ramsey's 5-year-old mare Al's Gal 26 starts to earn her first graded win, but it was a whopper Oct. 16 at Woodbine.
Churchill Downs’ September meet posted strong handle growth this year, with all-sources and average daily wagering up 13.9% during the 11-day stand that concluded Oct. 2.
All-sources and average daily handle increased 1.2% during the 11-day September meet at Churchill Downs that ended Oct. 2, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Buyers with unfilled orders continued to shop the Keeneland September yearling sale during the Sept. 24 penultimate session as numbers for the marathon auction are nearly identical to 2015.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux all clinched repeat titles in their respective categories for the 2016 Kentucky Downs meeting.
Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux swept the stakes events Sept. 11 at Kentucky Downs and did so as impressively as seemingly imaginable.
Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Trainer Chad Brown said 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten has developed a foot abscess and will miss the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), a race in which he ran second last year.
Camelot Kitten defeated a game Airoforce in an exciting finish in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old turf runners Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Camelot Kitten will face some familiar rivals, as well as some international newcomers, when the Kitten's Joy colt tries to secure a third straight graded stakes score in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 9.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
After an upset win in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs, Camelot Kitten will try for a second straight graded stakes score when he starts in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 4 at Belmont Park.
Bravely rallying along the hedge, Camelot Kitten edged Beach Patrol by a head to score an upset victory in the $300,000 American Turf Stakes presented by Ram Trucks (gr. IIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
After negotiating with a mystery partner to pay the supplemental entry fee to get Oscar Nominated into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Ken and Sarah Ramsey will run the son of Kitten's Joy themselves.
Fresh off a course-record performance last time out, Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Smokem Kitten captured his first stakes victory April 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Keeneland concluded its spring meeting April 29 and reported gains in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
An interesting name popped up on the undercard stakes nominations for Kentucky Derby Day, but Ken Ramsey says not to get the wrong impression.
Oscar Nominated isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he's headed to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after his upset win in the $500,000 Horseshoe Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
Multiple Chilean group I winner Dacita, who scored in her first U.S. stakes start last year, makes her 2016 debut against another Chilean import, Guapaza, both trained by Chad Brown.
International Star, who last year swept the 3-year-old prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will reenter the graded ranks Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Charming Kitten took advantage of his class and experience to outrun a stubborn Xaverian in the stretch and win the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
The consistent Big Blue Kitten won three of his six 2015 starts and never finished worse than third while racing almost exclusively in grade I company in earning champion turf male honors.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star got back to his winning ways Jan. 16 at the racetrack where he seemingly can't lose -- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star returns to the site of his greatest accomplishments Jan. 16, when the reigning Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner starts in the $60,000 Louisiana Stakes.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Uncle Walter looks to become the outfit's third consecutive winner of the $200,000 Twinspires.com Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
For the third consecutive year, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2015 with $9,399,425 in earnings.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Conquest Typhoon is scheduled to make his first start since May in the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park, while War Story also looks to regain form and moves to turf.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have won the fifth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The $1.1 million Claiming Crown, which gives claiming horses their shot in nine stakes restricted to horses who have started for a tag in 2014 or 2015, will return to Gulfstream Park Dec. 5.
Jockey Corey Lanerie and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have locked up the respective jockey and owner titles at Churchill Downs as the 21-day fall meet enters its final day Nov. 29.
The Dec. 5 Claiming Crown, with total purses of $1.1 million for nine races, has attracted 309 nominations and will highlight opening day of Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet.
After a fourth-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint this year, 2014 winner Bobby's Kitten will be campaigned in Europe in 2016 before returning home for another crack at the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Leading turf sire Kitten's Joy will stand for a fee of $100,000 for the third straight year in 2016, Ramsey Farm announced Nov. 5.
Irad Ortiz Jr. amassed 50 victories during the Belmont Park fall meet to earn his third consecutive riding title at the New York track.
Four years after claiming her first Breeders' Cup victory, Stephanie's Kitten returned to a Breeders' Cup winner's circle again Oct. 31 after a courageous rally to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's couplet in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) could determine whether heavily favored Golden Horn runs away the winner's share of $3 million as is expected.
She will be offered at Fasig-Tipton Nov. 1, but first Stephanie's Kitten will seek her second Breeders' Cup victory, this time in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), which she narrowly lost a year ago.
Hopes for a spike in pari-mutuel handle at Keeneland this fall in advance of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships did not materialize.
The order wasn't especially demanding for The Pizza Man Oct. 23, as the Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner cruised through an easy breeze on the Churchill Downs turf in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)
The Pizza Man is riding a three-race winning streak into the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 3 during Fall Stars weekend at Keeneland.
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