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Shortly After Transplant, Owner Ramsey Turns to Horses

Ken Ramsey's Clearly Copper wins sixth race at Gulfstream Park June 20.

Clearly Copper wins a maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park

Clearly Copper wins a maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park

Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

An hour after leaving the operating room following kidney transplant surgery, Ken Ramsey's attention turned to the June 20 program at Gulfstream Park, where Clearly Copper raced under his familiar white and red colors in race 6.

"My mother's up there with him. She texted that he was asking if the horse had run yet," said grandson and trainer Nolan Ramsey in the Gulfstream winner's circle after saddling Clearly Copper for a 4 1/2-length maiden-breaking triumph. "An hour out of surgery, and he's already asking about the horses, so you know he's feeling good. To be able to win a race for him today is special."

Ramsey said his 88-year-old grandfather's surgery went smoothly at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

"He was pretty excited to be the oldest kidney transplant ever done," Ramsey said. 

Ken Ramsey, who won the owner's title at the 2023-24 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, won the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner with his late wife Sarah four times.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.