Keyword: Mike Maker

  • Hogy reels in Commend to take the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes

    Ageless Hogy Prevails in KD Turf Sprint Stakes

    The ageless wonder that is Hogy added to his indefatigable reputation Saturday when he reeled in Commend in late stretch to win the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (G3T) by half a length and earn his first graded score since 2013.

  • Racing at Kentucky Downs begins Sept. 6 after rain delayed the weekend start

    Kentucky Downs Ready for Opening Day

    Big purses at Kentucky Downs, which completed a $5 million off-season renovation, attracted an overflow of entries to the track's maiden and allowance races, the richest in the nation.

  • Ascend takes the grade 1 Manhattan Stakes June 10 at Belmont

    Ascend, Bigger Picture to Clash in Bowling Green

    In his graded stakes debut, Ascend reached racing's heights. Now the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride will try for consistency at the graded level when he faces six other older horses in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2T) July 29 at Saratoga.

  • Trainer Mike Maker

    Trainers’ Dinner Notes and Quotes

    The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.

  • D. Wayne Lukas surrounded by former assistants

    Toasting, Not Roasting, Legendary D. Wayne Lukas

    They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.

  • Enterprising holds off Kasaqui to take the Muniz Memorial Handicap

    Enterprising Digs in to Win Muniz

    Maxis Stable's Enterprising once again found himself in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots winner's circle with a determined win April 1 in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).

  • Fast and Accurate wins the 2017 Spiral Stakes (G3)

    Fast and Accurate Scores Spiral Upset

    Kendall Hansen's longshot Fast and Accurate continued his improvement by leaps and bounds March 25 with a victory in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3).

  • Da Big Hoss at Santa Anita prior to the 2016 Breeders' Cup

    Da Big Hoss Could Debut in Pan American

    Millionaire Da Big Hoss, a winner of four graded stakes during his 2016 campaign, took a step closer to his seasonal debut by working six furlongs on the dirt in 1:14.42 at Gulfstream Park March 17.

  • Enterprising comes home strong to capture the Fair Grounds Handicap

    Enterprising Scores in Fair Grounds Handicap

    Maxis Stable's Enterprising stalked favorite Oscar Nominated and gained an advantage in the deep stretch to win the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) Feb. 25 by three-quarters of a length to give trainer Mike Maker the exacta for the race.

  • Bigger Picture wins the 2016 Red Smith

    Bigger Picture Makes the Grade in Red Smith

    Bigger Picture picked up his first graded victory and held off accomplished rivals to get the job done Nov. 12 at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning the $200,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT) over Danish Dynaformer and Wake Forest.

  • Da Big Hoss scores a repeat victory in the Kentucky Turf Cup

    Another Big Win for Da Big Hoss

    "All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."

  • Field turns for home in the Sword Dancer

    New York Will Not Hear Sword Dancer Appeal

    Saying the stewards' decision was a judgment call not subject to appeal, the New York State Gaming Commission will not consider an appeal of their choice to take no action against Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.

  • Da Big Hoss takes the American St. Leger

    Da Big Hoss Ignites Graded Double for Sire

    Sky Chai Racing's distance specialist Da Big Hoss easily held back good-closing Clondaw Warrior to win the $300,000 American St. Leger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 13 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Greengrassofyoming (pink silks) gets his head in front to win the Stars and Stripes.

    Greengrassofyoming Wins Stars and Stripes

    Greengrassofyoming thrust out his nose in a pulsating four-horse finish to capture the Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Arlington International Racecourse as two-time defending winner The Pizza Man just missed in fourth.

  • Da Big Hoss comes running to take the Belmont Gold Cup.

    Big Rally for Da Big Hoss in Belmont Gold Cup

    Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.

  • Olorda (inside) holds off Al's Gal in the Bewitch Stakes

    Olorda Front-Running Winner of Bewitch

    German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.

  • Da Big Hoss Bounces Back in Elkhorn Stakes

    Da Big Hoss continued his good form in long turf races when he secured his second graded stakes win of the season going 1 1/2 miles on the grass April 23 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Oscar Nominated comes through with a win in the Spiral.

    Oscar Nominated Takes Spiral for Ramseys

    Oscar Nominated isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he's headed to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after his upset win in the $500,000 Horseshoe Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.

  • Whatawonderflworld (left) wins OBS Championship

    Whatawonderflworld Entered in Spiral Prep

    Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.