One of Mike Maker's biggest clients is perennial Kentucky Downs leading owner Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who raced champion Kitten's Joy and campaign many of his offspring known for having Kitten in their names. But Maker's candidates for Kentucky Downs' 2-year-old stakes aren't owned by the Ramseys and both were sired by Hansen, the 2011 juvenile champion Maker trained for owner-breeder Dr. Kendall Hansen. Hansen spent one year as a stallion at Ashford Stud in Woodford County before being sold to Korea. His only American crop are 2-year-olds.
In the Kentucky Downs Juvenile, Maker is running Han Sense, owned by Dr. Hansen and who won his only start in the $90,000 Iowa Cradle for Iowa-breds. Because he's not a Kentucky-bred, Han Sense will be running for a total purse of $150,000, the rest of the money coming from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.
The Maker-trained Lady Hansen will represent Dr. Hansen, the Louisville-based Skychai Racing and David Koenig's Sand Dollar Stable in the Exacta Systems. Lady Hansen rallied to win her second start at Ellis Park in her first race on turf. She hesitated at the start of both races, including her debut on dirt when she was fifth.
Maker will be well-represented in stakes, including Skychai's Da Big Hoss going for a repeat in the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup on Sept. 10. Maker also will run Michael Hui's Greengrassofyoming, Arlington Park's Grade 3 Stars and Stripes winner who was fast-flying fourth by a total of 1 1/4 lengths in the Arlington Million at 47-1 odds.
Maker also is running Calumet Farm's stakes-winning Susie Bee in Saturday's Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf at a mile and has the Ramseys' great claim Watchyourownbobber in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile on Sept. 10. Watchyourownbobber, claimed out of a $50,000 maiden race almost two years ago, has won five of 11 starts for Maker and the Ramseys, including $100,000 stakes in his last two starts.
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