Shortly After Transplant, Ramsey's Attention Turned To Gulfstream Winner

Clearly Copper | Lauren King

An hour after leaving the operating room following kidney transplant surgery, Ken Ramsey's attention turned to Thursday's program at Gulfstream Park, where Clearly Copper (Copper Bullet) raced and won under his familiar white and red colors in the sixth race on the card, the racetrack said in a release Thursday afternoon.

“My mother's up there with him. She texted that he was asking if the horse had run yet,” said grandson Nolan Ramsey in the Gulfstream Park 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 New York Columbia 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 2023-2024 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, took home the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner with his late wife Sarah four times.

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