Ken Ramsey stuck to his word.
He said he was going to pull out all the stops to break the record for wins by an owner at a Saratoga Race Course meet, and he did so on Wednesday.
The fact that the record-breaker came in a stakes race with a horse named after his sister made it all the better.
Granny Mc’s Kitten won the P.G. Johnson for 2-year-old fillies on the turf by 13⁄4 lengths over Duff One, giving Ramsey 19 winners, one more than Zayat Stable had in 2008.
“I found out the record was 18, so I geared up and brought enough horses and claimed enough horses that I thought I could make it to 20,” he said. “So it’s 19 down and one to go.”
Granny Mc’s Kitten is trained by Mechanicville native Chad Brown, who won his first race as a head trainer in 2007 when Ramsey put Dual Jewels in an easy claiming spot, just to get Brown a win.
“Ken and Sarah Ramsey have been with me since the start, and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Brown said. “They’ve always been behind me, which I appreciate.”
Granny Mc’s Kitten, named after Luann McIlwayne, is a homebred by Kitten’s Joy, the sire of six of Ramsey’s winners at the meet.
“It’s kind of sentimental the way it all turns out,” Ramsey said. “We own the mare and the stallion, and it’s named after my sister and it breaks the all-time record up here. I couldn’t have planned it any better.”
“He’s very intense, he’s very passionate about the game, but both he and Sarah care,” Brown said. “It’s a hard enough game as it is, but when you have owners who are always as positive as he is with me talking about the horses, it gives you a lot of confidence when you’re training and entering these horses.”