Mike Maker

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    Mike Maker
    record at keeneland
    total wins:152
    stakes wins:8
    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
    Born:
    February 7, 1969 in Garden City, Mich.
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through October 2016):

    • 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. Seven 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.

    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

     

    Career:

    • Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2009 Dirt Mile with Furthest Land; 2011 Juvenile with Hansen.
    • North American career earnings exceed $69 million with 1,868 wins through March 2017.
    • 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.
    • Honored as 2015 trainer of the year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. 
    • 2014 earnings were $9,554,222 with 216 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Super Derby (G2) with Vicar’s in Trouble.
    • 2014 earnings were $8,357,325 with 228 wins, including the Secretariat (G1) with Admiral Kitten.
    • Posted career win No. 1,000 on March 16, 2013, at Fair Grounds with Magical Season.
    • Won two Grade 1 races on Oct. 6, 2012: Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Joha and Jamaica at Belmont with King David.
    • Trained 2011 champion 2-year-old male Hansen.
    • Won four stakes on Sept. 24, 2011: Ontario Derby at Woodbine with Derby Kitten, Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) at Turfway with La Gran Bailadora, Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) with Matthewsburg and Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile with Hansen.
    • Multiple leading trainer at Kentucky tracks.

    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.

 

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