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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lessons from a Successful Horse Owner

By Marie Bradby

Stallion Kitten's Joy running inwards his paddock. 

Thoroughbred Equus caballus breeder together with possessor Sarah Kathern “Kitten” Ramsey alongside her hubby Kenneth tally the championship of the all-time winningest owners at Churchill Downs. They are also leading winners at other racetracks, including Keeneland inwards Lexington together with Gulfstream Park inwards Florida, together with bespeak hold won multiple graded stakes, Breeders Cup, together with Eclipse awards. Sarah, 78, however keeps her paw inwards the racing together with other businesses (real estate, communications, etc.), despite suffering a stroke inwards 2008 that left her paralyzed on her correct side together with alongside express might to talk. Though inwards a wheelchair, she however travels to the tracks to encounter their horses run. By writing out her thoughts on a pad together with alongside the assistance of her husband, Sarah gives vocalism to her story.

Sarah Kathern "Kitten" Ramsey, photos provided yesteryear Ramsey Farms  

Who’s been the biggest influence on your function inwards Equus caballus racing, together with what lesson did y'all learn?
My husband, Kenneth. The rootage Equus caballus that my hubby trained, a Equus caballus named Party Airs, won at River Downs (now Belterra Park) inwards Cincinnati inwards May 1971 together with paid $46. I learned that y'all tin sack brand coin inwards the Equus caballus business.

What’s your favorite Equus caballus racing memory?
Winning our rootage Grade-One race, the Del Mar Oaks, at Del Mar racetrack inwards California alongside Bail Out Becky. She was named afterwards my oldest granddaughter, Rebecca.

Of what are y'all most proud inwards your thoroughbred work?
Breeding my rootage mare, Kitten First, together with having a C-section performed on her that resulted inwards our prize stallion Kitten’s Joy. The vet told me that she couldn’t endure bred again. But I had her bred, together with the delivery was yesteryear C-section. That’s non normal physical care for inwards horses. Kitten’s First was the rootage Equus caballus I e'er owned. I bred her to El Prado.

I’m proud that I insisted that the mare endure bred together with a C-section performed. She went on together with got such a bouncing boy, that I bred her in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than together with got a filly that nosotros named Precious Kitten. We sold her for $5 meg afterwards she’d won a pair meg for us. Again, y'all tin sack brand coin inwards the Equus caballus business.

Winning the Kentucky Derby has eluded you. Do y'all bespeak hold a Equus caballus inwards the industrial plant for the Derby?
Well, no prospects this year. We did non bespeak hold whatever 2-year-olds that ran good on the dirt this year. We bespeak hold ii horses running inwards the Spiral Stakes (Turfway Park, Florence, Kentucky). If ane of them wins, nosotros volition acquire a starting entry for the Derby. They are: Kitten’s Cat yesteryear Kitten’s Joy, together with Gorgeous Kitten yesteryear Kitten’s Joy. But ours is a long shot. We bespeak hold ii chances — slim together with none.

How has your stroke affected your interest inwards the business, inwards life?
It has affected me equally far equally communicating alongside my solid unit of measurement together with the public. But I dearest the racing game, together with I promise that I tin sack endure a positive purpose model to others together with present that y'all don’t bespeak hold to hand upward simply because something life-changing happens to you. I am a purpose of the decision-making physical care for alongside my hubby close the horses together with our other businesses.

Two foals playing inwards a plain at Ramsey Farm. 

Any other insights close the Equus caballus racing business?
Don’t acquire likewise large likewise fast. Keep believing inwards your dreams. Winning the Kentucky Derby is however on my bucket list.


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