On Jan. 18, Ken and Sarah Ramsey collected their second leading owner Eclipse Award, and their first for leading breeder. They won for their first Eclipse Award in 2004, when Kitten’s Joy was named Champion Male Turf Horse, and it’s not too much of a stretch to say that the Ramseys’ most recent awards belong to Kitten’s Joy, too.
The Ramseys’ racing empire rests solidly on the chestnut withers of their star stallion, the homebred that Ken Ramsey says was a miracle even before he was born, given that his dam came within minutes of being euthanized following a racing accident, then had trouble foaling and had several Caesarean sections.
The son of El Prado (IRE) out of the Lear Fan mare Kitten’s First, Kitten’s Joy led all stallions in 2013 in earnings ($11,326,203), Grade 1 winners (6), and stakes winners (24).
But the Ramseys’ racing success—and Kitten’s Joy’s—isn’t limited to big racing days. Active in the claiming game, Ramsey runs his horses at a variety of tracks and a variety of levels, leading to nine owner’s titles in 2013 and records for wins at meets at Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, and Saratoga.
But the undisputed king of racing in the United States is not content with dominating racing on these shores. For 2014, Ken Ramsey is setting his sights internationally, as both a breeder and an owner.
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