Eclipse Award-winning owner and breeder Ken Ramsey is the latest Thoroughbred owner to endorse jump racing in a series of advertisements sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association’s Promotion & Growth Task Force.
The ads, which previously featured Dogwood Stable founder Cot Campbell and prominent Kentucky owner-breeder Dr. David Richardson, are appearing on weekends in the Saratoga Special during the current Saratoga Race Course season. The advertisements carry the theme: “Jump Racing—the First Second Career.”
Ramsey and his wife, Sarah, reigned as Thoroughbred racing’s Eclipse Award-winning owners in 2004, 2011, and 2013, and they also were awarded the Eclipse as outstanding breeder last year. At their Nicholasville, Ky., farm, they stand their Kitten’s Joy, who was a champion on the race course and North America’s leading sire by progeny earnings last year.
A true enthusiast for horse racing, Ramsey has had two notable encounters with jump racing, most recently with Slip Away, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechase horse. He also sold a champion, Flat Top.
“I sold Flat Top for $5,000 because he wasn’t a very good horse on the flat,” Ramsey said in the advertisement. “He won two Eclipse Awards and earned $500,000 as a steeplechaser. I was smart enough to keep Slip Away. He never ran on the flat, but was champion steeplechase horse in 2010 and made almost $400,000. Steeplechasing is a great second chance for a horse, a horse you might already own.”
The Promotion & Growth Task Force is chaired by William J. Price, co-chairman of the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase near Charlotte and a horse owner. Thoroughbred owners interested in exploring jump racing as the first second career for their racehorses can contact the Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the National Steeplechase Association headquarters at (410) 392-0700.