Maker Triples, Breaks Keeneland Spring Mark
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 6:28:16 PM
Last Updated: 4/27/2013 3:21:14 PM
Trainer Mike Maker (right) and owner Ken Ramsey (left) with Bernie the Maestro (Joel Rosario aboard), Maker's 17th winner of the meet.
With three wins April 24, trainer Mike Maker broke the record at Keeneland for victories during the spring meet and now has a total of 19.
Todd Pletcher held the previous spring mark with 16. D. Wayne Lukas holds Keeneland's trainer record of 22 wins at a single meet, set in the fall of 1989.
Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey continued their dominance at the current meet. Maker saddled a pair of winners for the Ramseys Wednesday, pushing their record total for owners at a single meet to 19.
With a win in the first race Wednesday with Bernie the Maestro for the Ramseys (VIDEO), Maker broke his tie with Pletcher. The Ramseys and Makers also combined in the fifth race with Purest Form (VIDEO). Maker then won the seventh race with William S. and Graydon Patterson's Fog Happens (VIDEO), ridden by Alan Garcia.
Leading jockey Joel Rosario recorded his fourth victory of the day when he rode Solid Appeal to win the featured race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance event for older fillies and mares (VIDEO). The race was scheduled to be run on the turf course but was moved to the main track following heavy rains earlier in the day.
The four-bagger gave Rosario 30 victories for the meet, two shy of the Keeneland record set by Randy Romero in 1990. Rosario rides in eight races on Thursday and in seven races on Friday, closing day of the 16-day stand.
Rosario's earlier wins Wednesday came aboard Bernie the Maestro and Purest Form for the Ramseys and Maker, as well as with the maiden Balthazar in the fourth race (VIDEO) for trainer Dale Romans.
The four-win day marked the third for Rosario this meet. He rode five winners on April 18.
Solid Appeal, a 4-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal making her Keeneland debut, took command of the race down the stretch and drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:43.98. The race marked her first start for trainer Reade Baker since she finished fourth in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) in November at Churchill Downs.
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