Ward By a Nose in Turfway Trainers’ Race


Wesley Ward | Racing Post

When Fitri Hay’s Zipaway (City Zip) took a $5,000 maiden claimer at Turfway Park Mar. 21, it gave trainer Wesley Ward a tiebreaking 19th winner from 53 runners and secured leading trainer honors at the meet, cut short by Governor Andy Beshear’s directive to close non-essential businesses in the coronavirus outbreak. Ward’s victory left Mike Maker on 18 winners from his 70 starters.

It was the third consecutive title for Ward at the winter/spring meet at Turfway. He also shared the top spot with Maker during the 2018 holiday meet. Maker has a record 22 Turfway titles.

Albin Jimenez easily recorded his seventh leading jockey title, riding 47 winners from 217, including the Ward-trained Invader (War Front) in the John Battaglia Memorial S. He outdistanced runner-up Gerardo Corrales, who finished with 38 winners in his first Turfway meet.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey won the owners’ title at Turfway for the 17th time, finishing with nine winners from 39 starters, four better than Ward, who had five winners from nine runners in his own colors.

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