Drs. K.K. & Devi Jayaraman

Residence: Ocala, Fla.

Owned champion Summer Bird, third in the 2009 Arkansas Derby

  • Originally from Kerala, India, the husband and wife came to the United States in 1963 to practice medicine and settled in Hot Springs, Ark.,where K.K. was a cardiologist and Devi was a pathologist. They retired in 1998 and moved to Tiffany Farm in Ocala, Fla., but continue to winter in Hot Springs and oversee their local runners.
  • Devi was introduced to racing through a fellow doctor and late friend Thomas Burrow. When he died in 1984, she and K.K. helped his son disperse his stable, but K.K. ended up purchasing some 18 horses including an eventual Grade 3 winner and was hooked.
  • Their biggest star was 2009 Belmont Stakes, Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup and 3-year-old Eclipse Award winner Summer Bird, who had finished third in the Arkansas Derby earlier that year.
  • Oaklawn’s leading owners (races won) in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2007. They were the leading breeders in Arkansas in 1997-98.
  • After using several different trainers in recent years, K.K. will handle the training duties himself for the third consecutive meeting. He won four races in 2016 and five in 2017. Also won seven races as a trainer at the 2000 Oaklawn meeting.