Friday, January 15, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2010 . . . Monica Krummen earned her first career win as a trainer Friday when she saddled Mega Party to win the third race at Turfway Park. She took out her trainer's license almost a month to the day earlier, on December 16. Mega Party was her second starter; her first finished second.
A Northern Kentucky native, Krummen grew up in Fort Mitchell and learned her first lessons in horsemanship at age eight from a Shetland pony she kept in her parents' backyard. She moved up to barrel racing and 4-H participation with a Morgan before heading off to attend college for two years in Colorado. Krummen returned to Northern Kentucky in 1985 and began working for Bill Melton Farms in Walton, where she cared for the farm's weanlings and prepared them for the yearling sales.
Ten years ago, she and her sister, Jessica Barnes Koury, founded Barnes Insurance Group in Florence, Ky., writing property and liability coverage including equine liability. "I work with the horses in the morning and head to the office after training hours," Krummen said.
Krummen first got involved with Thoroughbred racing as an owner when a neighbor who was leaving the business gave her a mare in foal. The foal, a filly named Give God the Glory, was born in 1999, and Krummen campaigned her from 2002 to 2004 with her husband, Paul Krummen, as trainer. The Krummens, who have about eight horses stabled at Turfway, are gradually shifting the training side of their racing operation to Monica’s shoulders as Paul steps back after nearly 50 years in the business