LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2017) – He is a millionaire and an eight-time graded stakes winner, but there is one glaring omission from the resume of Heart to Heart, the 6-year-old horse owned by Terry Hamilton.
Among his 12 victories are seven Grade 3 victories and a Grade 2 score but no Grade 1 triumph.
He will try again Friday when he goes postward in the 29th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).
“He had a big chance last year,” trainer Brian Lynch said of Heart to Heart, who finished second to Miss Temple City. “There was a (pacesetter) in there and (Miss Temple City) ran a big race.”
Heart to Heart likely will have to contend with pace pressure again this year as Grade 1 What a View is coming from California.
“What a View and Heart to Heart have the same running style, and in a perfect world we draw outside of him and let him set the pace,” Lynch said. “Heart to Heart won the Canadian Turf (G3) in his last start for the second year in a row, and we are coming in with the same spacing between races. He runs well fresh and this is a good time to take them on.”
Friday’s race will mark Heart to Heart’s fourth try in a Grade 1 race.
“I’d like to knock out a Grade 1 with him, especially a race as prestigious as the Maker’s,” Lynch said. “That would guarantee him a good life (as a stallion).”
But Lynch is far from ready to have Heart to Heart head for a life of leisure.
“We are in no hurry to retire him; he could be around for a couple more years,” Lynch said. “He’s a sound horse and likes his job.
“I’m tempted to run him in the ($500,000) Woodford Reserve (Turf Classic, G1 on May 6). He never has lost at a mile and an eighth and he’s never lost at Churchill Downs.”