Shadwell Turf Mile S. (gr. I)

(gr. IT , 8f ,)

NOTHING TO LOSE (B h, 126 lb) $372,000
Sky Classic —Cherlindrea , by Clever Trick
B—Sarah K. Ramsey, KY.; O—Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; T—Robert J. Frankel

Honor in War (CH h, 126 lb) $120,000
Lord At War (ARG) —Catumbella , by Diesis (GB)
B—W Lazy T Limited, KY.; O—3rd Turn Stables LLC; T—Paul J. McGee

Silver Tree (CH h, 126 lb) $60,000
Hennessy —Blue Begum , by With Approval
B—Vegso Racing Stable, FL.; O—Peter Vegso; T—William I. Mott

Margins: 4½, ¾, 1¼. Others: Ay Caramba (BRZ) 126($30,000) , Puppeteer (GB) 126($18,000) , Sweet Return (GB) 126 , Perfect Soul (IRE) 126 , Warleigh 126 , Surging River 126 . Winning Jockey, Robby Albarado.

Two years ago at the 2002 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April sale of 2-year-olds in training, Ken and Sarah Ramsey figured they had nothing to lose by buying back a homebred Sky Classic colt consigned by them through AbraCadabra Farms, agent. The price was $45,000.

Now, under the name Nothing to Lose, the colt has emerged as one of the year’s top grass milers, winning the Oct. 9 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland and the 11/16-mile Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga in his last two starts. Before that, he missed by a neck of winning the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at 11/8 miles at Saratoga.

Nothing to Lose’s win in the Shadwell Turf Mile—sponsored by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell operation—sparked an impressive weekend of racing for the Ramseys. On the same day as the Shadwell Turf, their homebred Kathern’s Cat won the Freedom of the City Stakes at Northlands Park in Canada. On the Shadwell undercard, their Deputy Strike ran second in the Sycamore Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT). Ken Ramsey had claimed Deputy Strike, a stakes winner in 2001 and third in the 2003 Sycamore, for $50,000 at Saratoga in the gelding’s last start. Before all that, the Ramsey’s Ten Cents a Shine missed winning a mile turf allowance race at Keeneland by a nose. Ten Cents a Shine, named for the price of a shoe shine charged by Ken Ramsey while he was growing up in Artemus, Ky., had won two straight at Saratoga prior to that effort.

Nothing to Lose is one of three runners that the Ramseys plan to nominate to the Breeders’ Cup. Nothing to Lose will run in the Mile (gr. IT, sponsored by NetJets), Roses in May in the Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and Kitten’s Joy in the Turf (gr. IT).

The Ramseys, who own Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., sold Nothing to Lose’s dam, Cherlindrea, to Danny and Donna Brown for $8,000 at the 2000 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The mare was in foal to You and I.

Sky Classic has sired 39 stakes winners, including additional 2004 added-money winners A Classic Life, Magnetic Eyes (Arg-I), Sur La Tete (NSA-I), Abraham Clasic (Mex-I), and Cuero Viejo (Mex-I). Sky Classic stands at Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 fee was $12,500.—D.S.