Congratulations Ken and Sarah Ramsey on 500th Churchill Downs win!

Churchill Downs’ press release (Coady Photography photo above)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 24, 2020) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey won their unprecedented 500th career race at Churchill Downs on Sunday when 5-year-old gelding Spanned prevailed in the third race.

Sarah and Ken Ramsey at the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs photo

The Ramseys, multiple Eclipse Award winners who race their horses in the familiar white and red silks branded with an “R,” are the all-time leading owners at Churchill Downs with Overbrook Farm a distant second with 206 victories. The Nicholasville, Ky. couple has won a record 32 owners’ titles at the historic Louisville racetrack: 13 Spring Meet championships, 15 Fall Meet championships and four September Meet championships.

“We’ve won a lot of races for the Ramseys over the years,” trainer Mike Maker said. “It was special to get win No. 500 for them.”

The husband-wife duo could not be in attendance Sunday due to the COVID-19 restrictions at Churchill Downs. Some of their top horses that have won beneath the Twin Spires include their prized stallion and 2004 turf champion Kitten’s Joy, 2006 Mrs. Revere (GII) winner Precious Kitten, 2009 Churchill Downs Stakes (GII) hero Accredit and 2013 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (GII)  winner Stephanie’s Kitten, a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner.

The Ramseys also are the all-time winningest owners at Keeneland and Kentucky Downs.


Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.