Ten minutes before Saturday’s feature race on Gulfstream Park’s opening day, Ken Ramsey said he was running Parent’s Honor only because, “I wanted to have a horse in every race.”
Ramsey was talking about Saturday’s seven-race Claiming Crown.
“I think he’s in over his head, based on his recent form.” Ramsey added.
Parent’s Honor then showed that the man who pays for his upkeep did not have enough confidence in his horse.
The 4-year-old gelding took the lead about 100 yards from the wire and beat DominantJeanne by three quarters of a length in the $200,000 Starter Stakes.
The win gave Ramsey and his co-owner/wife Sarah four victories on the day. Mike Maker trains all of the Ramseys’ winners.
It culminated a festive afternoon at Gulfstream Park, where a crowd estimated at more than 9,000 joined bettors around the country in wagering $12.2 million on the 10-race program.
Both numbers are Gulfstream opening-day records.
“We’re thrilled with the way our fans responded to our opening day,” Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo said. “We look forward to a tremendous winter of racing.”
The Claiming Crown races are open only to horses that have race for a claiming price at least once in 2011 or 2012.
Ramsey and Maker have been regulars at Gulfstream, separate and as a team for several years.
On Saturday, they also combined for a second- and a third-place finish in Claiming Crown races.
Their other three Claiming Crown winners were:
• Bernie the Maestro in the six-furlong $100,000 Rapid Transit for 3-year-olds and up.
• Starsilhouette in the $125,000 Tiara at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up.
• Brother Bird in the $125,000 Iron Horse Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds and up.
Ramsey claimed those three horses and Parent’s Honor before races at Saratoga Race Course last summer in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.