Keyword: Mike Maker

  • Kiss Moon won the Fasig-Tipton Ladies Turf Stakes on closing day at Kentucky Downs.

    Kentucky Downs Posts Record Handle, Purses

    Mike Maker, who scored in three consecutive races Sept. 19, was named top trainer of the 2015 Kentucky Downs meet while jockey Florent Geroux was the leading rider with 12 victories for the five-day season.

  • Saratoga

    Young Trainer Sharp Gearing Up for Saratoga

    Less than a year after starting out on his own as a trainer, Joe Sharp has made a big splash in New York and beyond, quickly establishing himself as a top young conditioner. He will have a string at Saratoga this summer.

  • Quiet Force comes home strong to win the Arlington Handicap.

    Quiet Force Speaks Up in Arlington H.

    Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)

  • American Pharoah parades at Churchill Downs.
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    Churchill Sees Increase in Fields, Purses

    Churchill Downs' 141st spring meet, which was highlighted by American Pharoah's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), came to a close June 27 and saw increases in field size and purses.

  • Ken Ramsey

    Ramsey Hopes for Shining Star

    Ken Ramsey said he is loaded with 2-year-olds for next year's Kentucky Derby, but International Star, who swept the Fair Grounds Derby preps, might get him the roses a year earlier than planned.

  • International Star will attempt to keep his winning streak alive March 28 in the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-c4PfjDL">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Tops LA Derby Lineup

    Ranked second on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and winner of two local preps, International Star will attempt to ace the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds on March 28.

  • Sharla Rae won the California Oaks on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.

    Bourbonette is Anybody's Ballgame

    The Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park is a 100-proof handicapping challenge with a full field of 3-year-old fillies going a mile on Polytrack.

  • Sayler's Creek wins the Barbados Gold Cup.

    Ramseys Nab Second Barbados Gold Cup

    Sayler's Creek provided owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey with a second consecutive win the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, the signature race of the Barbados Turf Club, March 7 at Garrison Savannah racetrack near Bridgetown.

  • The Great War

    The Great War Back for More in Battaglia

    The Great War, a blowout winner of the 96ROCK Stakes in his 2015 debut, will take the next step at Turfway Park when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky track.

  • International Star and Miguel Mena take the Risen Star Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-c4PfjDL">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Carries On in Risen Star

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

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    The Great War to Return in 96ROCK Stakes

    The Great War, a promising colt who finished fourth in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is set to make his 2015 debut in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 31 at Turfway Park.

  • Firespike won the male division of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xv3pPKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Flashy Performances at OBS Day of Champions

    A large and energetic crowd packed the grandstand for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 26th annual Day of Champions races at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 27, and the festive day of racing did not disappoint.

  • Coalport wins the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes.

    Coalport Convincing Winner of Connally Cup

    Odds-on choice Coalport, shipping from Florida for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker, dominated the $200,000 John Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park for his first graded stakes victory.

  • Katherine Voss of Chanceland Farm co-bred International Star.

    An International Star on the Rise

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star, winner of the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, was bred in New York by Marylanders Katharine Voss and Robert Manfuso.

  • International Star streaks to the win in the Lecomte Stakes.

    International Star Closes for Lecomte Score

    On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with International Star in the Lecomte (gr. III).

  • Crown the Kitten won the El Joven Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths on the Retama Park turf on Oct. 11.

    Experienced Crown the Kitten Eyes Dania Beach

    While Crown the Kitten is scheduled to make his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes Jan. 3 on the turf at Gulfstream Park, the Kitten's Joy gelding enters the 1 1/16 mile turf race with experience.

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    Diminutive 'Vicar' Faces BC Dirt Mile Test

    Much has been made of Vicar's in Trouble's size--or lack thereof--throughout his career. But the modest 3-year-old has delivered again and again, giving his connections confidence to send him to the Breeders' Cup.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Fall Meet Begins Oct. 26

    Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of the Kentucky Derby, opens for its 125th fall meet Sunday, Oct. 26.

  • Atreides is undefeated in 3 starts. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-9kzW4zg">Order This Photo</a>

    Atreides Gets Distance Test in Indiana Derby

    Stonestreet Stables' Atreides, winner of his first three starts by a combined 25 3/4 lengths, will make his first start around two turns in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds the evening of Oct. 4.

  • Thank You Marylou comes home strong to win the Dogwood Stakes.

    Thank You Marylou Coasts Clear in Dogwood

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou took charge at the quarter pole and romped away to her first graded stakes victory in the $112,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 20 at Churchill Downs.

  • Vicar's in Trouble romps in the Super Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-TnHtJFn">Order This Photo</a>

    Super Derby No Problem for Vicar's in Trouble

    Favored Vicar's in Trouble, back in his home state for the first time since winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March, dominated the 35th renewal of the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Louisiana Downs.

  • Shanon Nicole gets by Kiss to Remember to win the Indiana Grand.

    Shanon Nicole Takes Off-Turf Indiana Grand

    Shanon Nicole, owned and bred by Connie Apostelos, benefited from a quick early pace to rally and capture the $205,200 Indiana Grand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Race Course July 23.

  • Admiral Kitten

    Admiral Kitten Back at Arlington Park

    While Admiral Kitten has failed to hit the board in three straight starts, the 5-year-old son of Kitten's Joy will try to end that skid when he returns to the site of his biggest career win Saturday, July 12.

  • Mike Maker

    NYRA Steward Fines Trainer Maker $2,500

    New York Racing Association steward Braulio Baeza Jr. has imposed a $2,500 fine on trainer Mike Maker in connection with General a Rod being a late arrival at the Belmont Stakes pre-race test barn June 7.

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    General a Rod Takes First Tour of Belmont

    Belmont Stakes contender General a Rod galloped over the main track at 5:45 the morning of June 6, his first time over the Belmont Park course since arriving from trainer Mike Maker's Louisville base the previous evening.

  • California Chrome returned fine from a morning jog June 1.
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    California Chrome Doing Well After Breeze

    Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome walked the shedrow the morning of June 1 after logging his final breeze before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) a day earlier in front of a crowd of adoring spectators at Belmont Park.