Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
In 1994, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey bought Almahurst Farm, outside of Nicholasville, Ky., birthplace of 1918 Kentucky Derby winner Exterminator and Standardbred legend Greyhound, and renamed it Ramsey Farm. The purchase of the historic property was soon followed by great successes at the track that belied the couple’s relative newness to the sport.
Ken and Sarah both are natives of Artemus, in eastern Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill, Ken Ramsey held several executive positions with trucking firms and then went into real estate. As the real estate business began to lose its appeal, Ramsey began to buy cellular telephone network franchises, eventually accumulating a string principally along Interstate 75 in northeastern Georgia and southeastern Kentucky. He sold his business in 1994 for an estimated $39 million.
The sale of the company allowed Ken to get back to an earlier hobby—horse racing. He had first entered racing in 1969 when he claimed Red Redeemer for $1,500 at old Miles Park in Louisville. The horse, blind in one eye, never won again. Ken held a trainer’s license for a short time but gave it up to focus on his cellular business.
Since their immersion in racing, the Ramseys have experienced incredible success. They received the 2004 Eclipse Award for outstanding owners, due in large part to the success of homebred champion turf male KITTEN'S JOY. That year, three of their homebreds ran in the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, with Kitten’s Joy finishing second in the Turf and Roses in May second in the Classic, for purse earnings of $1,200,000. They raced grade I winner Roses in May, winner of the 2005 Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Ramseys were North America’s leading owners by earnings in 2005. In 2006 they won the Kentucky Thoroughbred Media award for owning the most winners at Kentucky tracks in a calendar year,marking their seventh consecutive KTM honor. They have collected numerous leading owner titles at Churchill Downs, including nine straight titles between the spring 2000 and spring 2004 meets. They also have been leading owners at Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, and Turfway Park, where they won two leading owner titles in 2007. They set a record for wins by an owner at Keeneland in the spring of 2013.
Ramsey Farm, managed by Mark Partridge, now covers more than 1,200 acres and is home to 161 broodmares and the stallions CATIENUS, recently moved from New York where he was the leading sire, and Kitten's Joy , who entered stud duty in 2006.