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Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:52 AM
  • General

Malcolm Franklin earns first Turfway riding title; Ramseys collect 13th

FLORENCE, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2018) – Mike Maker tied the Turfway Park record for most training titles when he topped the standings for the 2017 holiday meet to earn his 20th title overall. The meet began Nov. 29 and ended Dec. 31.

The title was Maker’s ninth for a holiday meet and his sixth consecutive across holiday and winter/spring meets. He has eight winter/spring titles and three titles for the fall meet, which was discontinued after 2012. He earned his first title in 2007 for that year’s holiday meet.

The record previously had been held solely by Bernard Flint, who won his 20 titles between 1991 and 2004.

Among Maker’s wins in the just-completed holiday meet was his 2,000th career victory, which came Nov. 30. He ended the 2017 holiday meet with 11 winners from 35 starters, a 31 percent win rate. Wesley Ward was second with seven winners from 22 starters. Tied for third with four winners each were Bert Crawford (30 starters), Kim Hammond, Thoroughbred racing’s leading female trainer by wins (20 starters), and Claude “Chip” Brownfield III (22 starters).

Jockey Malcolm Franklin, who won his 1,000th career race in February at Turfway, earned his first Turfway riding title with 14 wins from 104 mounts. Victor Lebron was one win behind with 13 from 57 mounts, and Rogelio Miranda, who began his career this year and was riding at Turfway for the first time, finished third with 12 wins from 39 mounts.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey repeated as winning owners, taking their 13th Turfway leading owner title and their fourth straight. Sending out 13 starters, they collected six wins. Kendall Hansen finished second with four wins from 11 starters. Fourteen owners collected two wins apiece to tie for third.

Two black type races highlighted the holiday meet, both offering $50,000 purses: the Holiday Inaugural, upset by Luckyallmylife at 27-1 for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trainer Robert Gorham, with Perry Ouzts in the saddle; and the Prairie Bayou, dominated by Royal Son for Sweet Home Stables and Mark Parkinson, trainer Kellyn Gorder and jockey Dean Sarvis.

Three holiday meet dates—Dec. 27, 30 and 31—were lost to extreme cold.

Turfway’s racing season continues uninterrupted with the winter/spring meet, which began Jan. 1 but through Jan. 5 has been shut out by the same extreme cold that has settled across most of the region.


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