Mike Maker
Trainer Bios

Mike Maker

Born: February 7, 1969 in Garden City, Mich.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 173

Stakes Wins: 8

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Oak Tree at Santa Anita with Furthest Land

First Stakes Win: 2004 Labor Day Handicap at Mountaineer Park with Freefourinternet

First Graded Stakes Win: 2004 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) at Hawthorne with Freefourinternet

First Career Win: 1993

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2016 Twizz 14th
2015 Pepper Roani 8th

2014

Harry’s Holiday

13th

2013

Fear the Kitten

5th

2012

Hansen

2nd

2012

Gung Ho

3rd

2011

Twinspired

2nd

2011

Joes Blazing Aaron

6th

2010

Stately Victor

Won

2007

Love Dubai

7th

 

At Keeneland


Leading trainer during the 2017 Fall Meet with 13 wins.

Leading trainer during the 2016 Spring Meet with 13 wins, including the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) with Da Big Hoss.

Leading trainer during the 2013 Spring and Fall meets. Set a Spring Meet record with 25 wins. Bulk of winners raced by leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, including Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) winner Kitten’s Dumplings and Elkhorn (G2) winner Dark Cove.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with 40-1 longshot Stately Victor. Eight stakes wins include the 2012 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Joha.

Leading trainer during the 2008 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland win came during the 2004 Spring Meet.

Career


Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2009 Dirt Mile with Furthest Land; 2011 Juvenile with Hansen.

North American career earnings exceed $79 million with 2,043 with through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings were $10,988,867 with 216 wins, including victories in the United Nations (G1) with Bigger Picture, Goldikova (G2) with Kitten’s Roar and Muniz Memorial (G2) with Enterprising.

2016 earnings were a career-high $11,567,882 with 221 wins, including the Queen's Plate with Sir Dudley Digges, E.P. Taylor (G1) with Al's Gal and Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland with Da Big Hoss in the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). Won four stakes over two days at Kentucky Downs Sept. 10-11 topped by the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) with Da Big Hoss.

2015 earnings were $7,611,262 with 184 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2) with International Star.

2014 earnings were $9,554,222 with 216 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Super Derby (G2) with Vicar’s in Trouble.

Posted career win No. 1,000 on March 16, 2013, at Fair Grounds with Magical Season.

Trained 2011 champion 2-year-old male Hansen.

 

Background


Mike became involved in racing because his father, the late George Maker, was trainer in Michigan. Mike cleaned stalls and walked hots, and exercised horses when he became a teenager.

After training on his own in Michigan, Maker went to work for D. Wayne Lukas’ Midwest division at Churchill Downs and Lukas assistant Dallas Stewart. He started as an exercise rider then became barn foreman and an assistant trainer. When Stewart departed in 1997, Mike replaced him. He was ready to go back out on his own in 2003. He is a leading trainer throughout Kentucky.