Keyword: Mike Maker

  • Sniper Kitten wins the Mystic Lake Derby

    Maker, Gaffalione Team for Two Canterbury Stakes Wins

    Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Tyler Gaffalione teamed up for a pair of stakes victories on Canterbury Park's marquee Northern Stars Racing Festival card June 23, highlighted by Sniper Kitten's score in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby.

  • Ken Ramsey and his wife Sarah plan to send approximately 10 horses to Woodbine

    Ramseys to Run a String at Woodbine

    The good impression Woodbine management made on owner Ken Ramsey during some of his stakes wins at the suburban Toronto track encouraged the Eclipse Award-winning owner to commit a string of horses this year.

  • Sir Dudley Digges (right) and Shining Copper finished 1-2 in the Barbados Gold Cup

    Ramseys Go 1-2 in Barbados Gold Cup

    The Ontario-bred son of Gio Ponti gave the owners a 1-2 finish in the Barbadian group 1 and became their third Gold Cup winner in the past five years—all trained by Mike Maker—when he ran down stablemate Shining Copper to secure a half-length win.

  • Bigger Picture makes his season debut a winning one with a title defense in the John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park

    Bigger Picture, Hogy Take Texas Turf Stakes for Maker

    Hogy and Bigger Picture teamed up to give Maker and jockey Jose Ortiz a stakes double—Hogy won the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint going five furlongs, while Bigger Picture took the 1 1/2 mile John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (G3) for the second year.

  • Kitten's Roar is in control late in the Goldikova at Del Mar

    Kitten's Roar Makes Noise in Goldikova

    Opening up the undercard of Breeders' Cup Saturday Nov. 4 at Del Mar, Kitten's Roar stepped away from her field through the stretch to take the Goldikova Stakes (G2T) by daylight over Thundering Sky and On Leave.

  • Leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. (left) receives a fist bump from Robby Albarado after guiding Shut the Box to victory in the seventh race Oct. 28 at Keeneland

    Ramseys, Maker, Santana Earn Keeneland Meet Titles

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey continued their record-breaking pace, accumulating seven wins to earn their 19th leading owner title at Keeneland, while Mike Maker added another training title and Ricardo Santana Jr. secured his first Keeneland riding title.

  • 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.

  • Taghleeb takes the W. L. McKnight in a tight finish

    Taghleeb Lands W. L. McKnight Score

    The 6-year-old son of Hard Spun came off a Dec. 31 victory in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker and got the perfect ground-saving rail trip in the McKnight.

  • 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.

  • Queen's Plate victor Sir Dudley Digges

    Queen's Plate Top 3 Return in Prince of Wales

    The top three finishers in the Queen's Plate Stakes--Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo, and All On Red--are set to face off in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie.

  • 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.