7/26/14 - Mike's own five year old horse, BURN THE MORTGAGE added another stakes win to his resume, winning the Eight Miles East S. at Gulfstream with ease. Mike claimed him last fall. He has earned $328,244 to date.
7/22/14 - Mike got another nice SW in SHANON NICOLE won won the INDIANA GRAND S and psuhed her earnings to $257,083 for owner/breeder Connie Apostelos. Shanon Nicole kicked off this term with a Fair Grounds optional claimer win when trying dirt for the first time Jan. 10 and was third behind GI Mother Goose heroine Untapable (Tapit) next out in that venue's GIII Rachel Alexandra S. Today Shanon Nicole bided her time in fifth made a two-wide bid and shot to the front in the final furlong.
While at Indiana Grand, Mike got the third place finisher in the GIRLS INC OF SHELBYVILLE SHELBY COUNTY S., with GSW VIA VILLAGIO who upped her earnings to $372,085 for her owner J Armando Rodriguez Racing Stable.
7/21/14 - Console a War Front 5 year old horse claimed by Mike this spring at Gulfstream and now owned by Skychai Racing, wired the field at Saratoga in a starter Allowance with smoking fractions of 21 and change, 43 and change, 54 and change, 1:01 and change for 5 1/2 furlongs on thr turf. He just missed the track record. He was bred by nd bred by Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider.
7/19/14 - Mike claimed now 6 year old gelding GHOST IS CLEAR for himself for $10,000 in 2012. He has earned $364,477 and was most recently second in the Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis.
7/13/14 - The Ramsey's 2 year old Fusaichi Pegasus colt International Star, won his first start at Belmont and is now stakes placed in the Rockville Centre S also at Belmont. He was over 13 lengths clear of the third place finisher.
7/12/14 - Mike had a good weekend. MSW multiple graded stakes placed AWESOME FLOWER added another stakes win to her resume, winning the Lady Canterbury S and pushing her earnings over $414,000 for owners, the Ramseys. The Ramsey's G1 SW ADMRAL KITTEN ran second in the G3- Arlington H and has now earned over 3/4 million dollars. On the same day at Belmont, Asset Inflation won an allowance race for his owners Three Diamonds Farm. In 5 starts he has earned just under $100,000. At Belterra, 2 year old filly Savings and Roan broke her maiden easily by 3 lengths in her first start. She is owned by Hot Pink Stable and Sand Dollar Stable. Add to that 4th place finishes in stakes by MORO TAP and COALPORT.
7/11/14 - Granny's Kitten Earns Diploma & TDN Rising Star Status sailing home to win by 5 at Belmont. He is owned by the Ramseys. Watch for this one!
7/9/14 - SW PROUD AZTECA added black type running second in the Snack S. at Indiana Grand. He has only been off the board once in 6 starts and has earned $87,885.
7/2/14 - Mike wore a path to the winner's circle at Indiana Grand, a recent claim, QUIET FORCE won the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club Stakes easy for owner Charles Kevin Warner. GENERAL JACK, drew off to win the Centaur S. by 3 lengths. He is owned by Mike and Thomas Conway and has earned $235,358 for them already in 8 starts. To cap it off, Sassy Kitten stepped up into stakes company and was second in the Firecracker S. at Mountaineer for the Ramseys.
6/29/14 - VICAR'S IN TROUBLE made his first start since the GI Kentucky Derby was forced wide for the entire trip in the GIII Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows but captured the show spot. He has earned $813,900 for his owners, the Ramseys.
6/22/14 - MSW and multiple graded stakes placed AWESOME FLOWER drew off to win the Windward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs for the Ramseys. She has earned $354,703.
6/21/14 - NY Bred two year old Fusaichi Pegasus colt, INTERNATIONAL STAR won at first asking.He was guided off the fence as they straightened for home and kicked on nicely to score by 5 1/2 lengths. his owned by Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey. and was bred by Katharine M Voss & Robert T Manfuso (NY). Watch for this one!
6/15/14 -Six year old MSW GHOST IS CLEAR circled the field to win the Dark Star S. at Canterbury Downs for his 10th win lifetime. He was claimed for $10,000 by Mike in 2012 and has added to his coffers steadily since then. In all his has earned $354,477. He was bred by Twin Creeks and runs for Mike and Jana Wagner.
6/14/14 - Indiana Bred PROUD AZTECA jumped up into stakes company and won the English Channel Stakes going 1 1/16th on the turf at Gulfstream. She was unhurried early and then worked her way into contention and drew clear. She is owned by Brenda Tabraue and Jorge Herrera and was bred by Deann Baer & Greg Baer DVM.
6/1/14 - GENERAL A ROD going in the Belmont. "I see no reason not to go," Maker said. "There was no reason to rush into a decision, in my opinion. We waited it out, and the horse told us to go. I felt good before the Preakness and I feel good before the Belmont. One of these times we're going to have a clean run and go from there."
5/26/14 - Although LEAD EM IN KEN, ran third in the Jim Rasmussen Memorial S for the Ramseys, they had 2 other wins as Joes Blazing Aaron and Cage Fighter both won at Gulfstream.
5/24/14 -Mike had two graded stakes placing. SW AWESOME FLOWER ran third in the G3- Arlington Matron S for the Ramseys to up her earnings to $294,703. Graded stakes placed More Tap added more black type, running third in the Louisville H. G3 at Churchill for Skychai Racing LLC. Add to that a win by Saffron Hall in allowance company at Churchill for the Ramseys, a win by Quiet Force also in allowance company at Churchill for owner Charles K Warner, and a win at Delaware Park by Holiday Drama for owner Joe Sharp, and all agree it was quite a weekend!
5/13/14 -MAKER POISED FOR BIG IMPACT AT ARLINGTON. Mike will have a string at Arlington. With 12 runners in the first 11 race days and a 50% in-the-money rate (including two wins), the trainer with a career 23% strike rate and winner of last year’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes looks to make even more of an impression on the stakes calendar at Arlington. “The condition book really fit us. Plus, we have a lot of Polytrack and turf horses.” Maker’s stakes hopes kick off on Saturday in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron, in which he saddles Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Awesome Flower. Last year, the trainer shipped in Ramsey colorbearer Sisterhood to finish second in the Matron.
4/28/14 - VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 14)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 19) – Each of trainer Mike Maker’s Kentucky Derby contenders – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner’s Harry’s Holiday and General a Rod, now owned by Starlight Racing and Skychai Racing – jogged on a sloppy Churchill Downs track Monday morning. Exercise rider Joel Barrientos was aboard each colt. Of the three, Vicar’s in Trouble is the only one to race on an off track, and none of them has raced on a sloppy or muddy surface. Vicar’s in Trouble broke his maiden with a 13-length romp against 2-year-old Louisiana-bred company in a six-furlong race on a “good” track Dec. 14 at the Fair Grounds. “If the situation called for it, they’ve trained well over it, but as a whole, I don’t work my horses over an off track,” Maker said. “They haven’t run on it. There’s only one way to find out.”
4/26/14 - Mike sent out 2 of his three potential KY Derby starters to work recently, but he also sent LEADEM IN KEN to Fonner Park for Ken and Sarah Ramsey where he whistled in the Bosselman Pump & Pantry/Gus Fonner S and won off as he pleased by 9 lengths. He has earned $169,222.
4/23/14 - In other Derby news, trainer Mike Maker confirmed that Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Harry's Holiday will be pointed to the Derby. Maker potentially could saddle three horses in the race as he also is pointing Vicar's in Trouble and General a Rod to the classic.
4/19/14 - Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner owned by Ken and Sarah K. Ramsey, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at the Churchill Downs training center April 19 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The work was the co-second fastest of 14 at the distance on a pleasant, sunny Saturday morning. "He worked very well and was well in hand," said trainer Mike Maker. "He had a nice gallop out which is what we were looking for and everything was perfect."
Additionally multiple stakes placed Morgan`s Guerrilla had a solid allowance win at Hawthorne, winning off by 8 lengths!
3/29/14 - Vicar's in Trouble bounced back to his winning form with a gate-to-wire victory in the $1 million G2 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. The victory earned the Louisiana-bred son of Into Mischief 100 points toward a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. The colt, who is trained by Michael Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, now has won three of five lifetime starts. Vicar's in Trouble was never in trouble at any point during the race, and ended up winning by about three lengths.
It was a great day for Mike as Burn the Mortgage was third in the G2- Mervin H Muniz Jr H also for the Ramseys and General a Rod was third in the G1- Besilu Stables Florida Derby and might be KY DERBY bound as well. He is owned by J Armando Rodriguez. To top it off, ERIUGENA (IRE) won an allowance race at the Fair Grounds once more for the Ramseys. This was a horse they claimed for $25,000 at Saratoga this past August.
3/22/14 - Mike wore a path to the winner's circle at Turfway today with three winners. GHOST IS CLEAR won the Hansen Starter H for Mike as owner/trainer. Mike claimed 6 year old gelding Ghost is Clear for $10,000 in 2012. He has earned $309,477 with 5 wins and multiple placings since. LAY IT DOWN won an AOC for the Ramseys, and DILLINGER broke his maiden for Padua in a MSW first time out of the gate. To add to the fun, HARRY'S HOLIDAY ran second in the G3- Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing S.
3/22/14 - Mike on General a Rod:
“He’s the best chance I’ve ever had,” Maker said. “He just looks like the whole package to me. With past horses I’ve had the surface was questionable and so forth. Other than Hansen, they didn’t have a lot of speed, and he’s very tactical. He’s a lot bigger horse than I’ve had. It’s just a lot of good things.”General a Rod will make his next start in next Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1), Gulfstream Park’s signature race and the premiere prep for the Triple Crown.
The 3-year-old son of Roman Ruler had his final work for the race on Sunday, timed in 1:01.54 for five furlongs on Gulfstream’s main track while recording the seventh fastest of 25 works at the distance. “He worked well,” Maker said. “A horse dropped in and wanted to work with him, but he handled it well, settled nice and did what we wanted. We were just going easy with him. The time was really insignificant.”
General a Rod raced on or near the lead in both his Gulfstream races, but Maker feels the horse isn’t one-dimensional. “I think just the way the track was playing, it kind of had to be that way,” he said. “If the situation calls for him to be forwardly placed, so be it. If we have to sit off it, that’s fine, too. Hopefully, somebody else will do the dirty work.”
Maker said General a Rod, owned by Venezuelan J. Armando Rodriguez, will school in the starting gate and gallop in the days leading up to the Florida Derby. “It’s going by fast,” he said. “We’re ready to go.”
1/25/14 - G1 SW ADMIRAL KITTEN added to his laurels, winnning the G3- John B Connally Turf Cup S at Houston. He has earned over $725,000 for owner/breeders Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey. On the same day, Kowboy Boots earned black type, also at Houston, running third in the Allens Landing S. He is also owned by the Ramseys.
1/18/14 - VICAR'S IN TROUBLE demolished Louisiana State breds by 13-lengths going six furlongs Dec. 13 and earned the right to jump up into graded stakes company in the Lecomte S. G3 . Although he raced a bit greenly, he had no trouble winning by more than 6 lengths. The next race in the
series is the $400,000 GII Risen Star S. to be contested
at a mile and a sixteenth Feb. 22. Vicar's in Trouble is owned by the Ramseys and was bred by Spendthrift.
On the same day Mike's own Ghost Is Clear ran second in the Forego S at Turfway. Mike claimed him in 2012 for $10,000 and he has had multiple wins and stakes placings since then. He has earned over $275,000.
12/7/13 - All in all it was a good day at Gulfstream, claimed for the Ramseys in April of 2012, MAJOR MARVEL won the Claiming Crown Emerald S this year and was second last year. Since being claimed, he also traveled to Mountineer to win the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup Stakes, and to Louisiana Downs to win the Unbridled Stakes. His earnings are closing on $700,000. On the same day, Ghost Is Clear, also claimed by Mike, but this time for himself, ran second in the Rapid Transit S . Finally Brandy's Secret led until deep stretch and finished third in the Tiara S for Hot Pink Slipper and Skychai Racing, LLC.
12/1/13 - G1 SW ADMIRAL KITTEN rallied to be second in the Hollywood Derby G1 for owner/breeders Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey. Winner of the Secretariat G1 at Saratoga, ADMIRAL KITTEN also ran second in the Jamaica H G1.
11/29/13 - Ramsey homebred MSW ALWAYS KIITTEN added more black type to her page running second in the Pago Hop at the Fair Grounds. She has earned over $150,000 for her connections.
11/9/13- Two year old filly Perky Kitten is already stakes placed before breaking her maiden. She ran a very game second in the El Joven S. at Retama Park. She is a Ramsey homebred. She lunged at the break and ran greenly but gamely to garner the black type. Watch for her to win next out.
11/2/13 - Former claimer and now multiple stakes winner AWESOME FLOWER ran third in the G2 Chilukki S. Recently she won the H.B.P.A. Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. She was claimed for the Ramseys in late 2012. She has earned over 1/4 million.
10/25/13 - Mike led three over today at Keeneland and they all found the winner's circle - two for the Ramseys and one for F Thomas Conway!
10/13/13 - LONGHUNTER (GB) won the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash Stakes last out, today he was third in the G1- Nearctic S. He was claimed for the Ramseys for $16,000 in April.
10/12/13 - KITTEN'S DUMPLINGS takes the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup - G1. Mike's patient and special handling helped get this nervous filly to the winner's circle with still another Breeders' Cup probable for the Ramseys.
10/5/13 - Mike had a great weekend. Former claimer BERNIE THE MAESTRO won the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes at Indiana Downs for his 17th win in 56 starts! He is owned by the Ramseys. At the same track and also for the Ramseys, ALWAYS KITTEN won the Tawee S. Femme Fatale was third in the same race for owner Padua Stable. For the Ramseys again, ADMIRAL KITTEN was second in the G1 Jamaica S at Belmont.
9/26/13 - Former claimer and now multiple stakes winner AWESOME FLOWER won the H.B.P.A. Stakes at Presque Isle Downs drawing off convincingly. She was claimed for the Ramseys in late 2012. She is closing in on 1/4 million in earnings.
9/14/13 - Mike does it again and wins the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash S with former claimer LONGHUNTER (GB). Mike claimed LONGHUNTER (GB) for the Ramseys for $16,000 in April at Keeneland. He has since won three races for the new connections with the five year old gelding whose resume is filled with back class.
While at Kentucky Downs, Mike trained Mongol Boss broke his maiden in a MSW for owner Frank D Irvin. Mongol Boss has been knocking on the door and already has earnings over $82,000.
9/7/13 - Mike was busy at Louisiana Downs with 2 year olds and older horses. The remarkable 7 year old MAJOR MARVEL made his 50th start count, winning the Unbridled S for his 20th win lifetime. He is owned by the Ramseys and is closing in on $600,000 in earnings. Two year old filly Bern Legacy added black type to her resume in the Happy Ticket S for owner Connie M Apostelos and two year old colt Thunder Run ran third in the Sunday Silence S. for his owner Skychai Racing LLC . At Churchill, AWESOME FLOWER ran third in the Locust Grove for the Ramseys. Since being claimed at the end of 2012 for $30,000 she has added a stakes win and a stakes placing to her pedigree page.
9/2/13 - Homebred DERBY KITTEN stepped up to the plate again and won the Cliff Guilliams H at Ellis for the Ramseys. He has now earned $419,485.
8/17/13 - Mike helped the Ramseys toward their goal as leading owners at Saratoga with the victory of ADMIRAL KITTEN in the Secretariat S. G1. He has earned $459,080 in 8 starts with 3 wins and 4 seconds.
8/11/13 - A stakes winner in her first start, THANK YOU MARYLOU ran third in the Adirondack S G2 at Saratoga. She got bounced around at the start and ended up fanning 5 wide to get up for the show. She is owned by the Ramseys.
8/3/13 - Although it did not help the Ramseys on the Saratoga front, Mike won the West Virginia Senate Presidents Cup with PRISSY for them , and had a second in the West Virginia House Of Delegates with DERBY KITTEN. The Ramseys also got a second in an $80,000 2 year old MSW race at Saratoga with Bold Visionary. Additionally Mike won the Shakopee Juvenile S at Canterbury with two year old GENERAL JACK for himself and partner F Thomas Conway and for Thomas Conway alone, Impassable Canyon finished 3rd in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury.
8/2/13 - Mike won 3 races today at Saratoga for the Ramseys in their quest to be leading owner at the meet.
7/24/13 - Lake George: KITTEN'S DUMPLING Wins Again. This is her third stakes win in a row! She was coming off back-to-back scores in the Edgewood and Regret (gr. III) stakes at Churchill. She has earned $433,262 in 10 starts for her owner/breeders The Ramseys.
7/14/13 -Multiple stakes winner LOTTA LOVIN kept the hot streak going running second in the Northern Fling at Presque Isle. She has now bankrolled $272,1872 for owner William J Butler and breeder Horses of Course Inc.
7/13/13 -Quite a weekend for Mike and the Ramseys. DARK COVE flew home to win the Stars and Stripes G3 at Arlington Park, setting a new track record. READ MORE Also at Arlington Park., the Ramseys' Kitten's Joy progeny ARTEMUS KITTEN ran second in the G3- Modesty H and ADMIRAL KITTEN ran second in the G3- American Derby. To cap it all off , AWESOME FLOWER came home first in the Lady Canterbury S at Canterbury Park and two year old filly THANK YOU MARYLOU made her first start not only a winning one, but a stakes winning one as she collared the Tippett S.
7/12/13 - Here come the two year olds! Mike won first out with the 2 year old Curlin filly Baroness Rose at Ellis for Skychai Racing LLC. She split horses and cleared by 3 lengths.
7/0113 - Mike tied for leading trainer for Chuchill spring meet! The race for leading trainer came down to the final race of the spring meet. The 4-5 favorite Buzzin At Midnight won for Mike Maker to give him a share of the title with Steve Asmussen with 35 wins each.
6/28/13 - Mike helps the Ramseys Break Churchill Downs Single-Season Record for number of wins!
6/15/13 - KITTEN'S DUMPLINGS in her usual come from behind style swung way out to challenge the field and take the Regret S. G3 at Churchill Downs. Other Kittens earning black type for Mike and the Ramseys were ARTEMUS KITTEN third in the Girls, Inc Of Shelbyville at Indiana Downs and DERBY KITTEN third in the J Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys also at Indiana Downs. DERBY KITTEN has earned $368,235 and ARTEMUS KITTEN has earned $245,522. Mike had good luck for Skychai Racing LLC again at Indiana Downs with MORO TAP running third in the Centaur H.
5/25/13 - Mike had a very productive weekend with DARK COVE winning the Louisville H., G3 at Churchill for the Ramseys and bumping earnings a hair under $400,000. At Arlington, Admiral Kitten ran second in the Arlington Classic G3 again for the Ramseys and LOTTA LOVIN ran third in the Arlington Matron G3. Admiral Kitten has been on the board in 5 of 6 lifetime starts and LOTTA LOVIN has earned more than $250,000 for her owner William Butler.
5/03/13 - Admiral Kitten second in the G2 American Turf S and KITTEN's DUMPLINGS scored in the Edgewood. READ MORE
Admiral Kitten ran well to be second in the American Turf S G2 angling out and finishing willingly. He has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 5 lifetime starts
5/02/12 - FEAR THE KITTEN did not draw into the Derby.
4/30/13 - Because a spot may be open, Mike has entered FEAR THE KITTEN to the KY Derby. He will be an Also Eligible with the entry of Giant Finish who has more points.
4/26/13 - Leading trainer honors went to Mike Maker, who won 25 races this meet, the most by a trainer in a single Keeneland race meet. The previous record of 22 was set by D. Wayne Lukas in the fall of 1989. It is the second Keeneland training title for Maker, who topped the rankings in the fall of 2008.
4/26/13 - DARK COVE, claimed by Mike for $50,000 last year, takes the Elkhorn G2 at Keeneland, smashing Keeneland's trainer record and the owner record for the Ramseys. READ MORE
4/26/13 - DARK COVE joins other horses Mike has claimed which have gone on to graded stakes wins - including Ramsey color bearers FURTHEST LAND (MGSW including the BREEDERS' CUP MILE. G1), ACCREDIT (G2), HEADACHE (MGSW G2), KINDERGARDEN KID (G3), and LONESOME STREET (G2)
4/24/13 - Mike breaks the record at Keeneland for victories during the spring meet and now has a total of 19. READ MORE
4/20/13 - 3 wins at Keeneland today including an allowance win by Awesome Flower for the Ramseys and two additional wins for them by Suyeta and Scealeile. This has put the Ramseys well on their way to their 12th title as Keeneland’s leading owner, which includes a sweep of last year’s spring and fall race meets.
4/19/13 - Multiple stakes winner ARTEMUS KITTEN ran third in the Doubledogdare Stakes - Gr. 3 at Keeneland. She has earned over $230,000 for her owners the Ramseys. On the same day Animal Style, claimed for $25,000 for the Ramseys won a $64,000 allowance race also at Keeneland. Another highly successful claim, he has won the Van Berg Stakes at the Fair Grounds and was second in the Black Gold for his new connections.
3/16/13 - Mike gets his 1,000th win! READ MORE
3/11/13 - Brazilian Court, a 3 year old Harlan's Holiday colt ran second in the OBS Championship (Colt and Gelding Division) Stakes and was just out finished for the win . He is owned by the Ramsey's.
3/9/13 - SW GHOST IS CLEAR owned and trained by Mike, closed well to be third in the Duncan F. Kenner S. at the Fair Grounds. He has earned over $160,000.
3/2/13 - Mike had a great weekend with MSW ARTEMUS KITTEN winning the Jersey Lily S. at Sam Houston for the Ramseys and raising her earnings to a tick under 1/4 million and SW ANIMAL STYLE running second in the Black Gold at the Fairgrounds despite racing wide also for the Ramseys. Last out ANIMAL STYLE won the Van Verg S. at the Fair Grounds.
2/19/13 - Ramsey homebred Fear the Kitten, c , 3, Kitten's Joy - Dynarhythm by Dynaformer added more black type to his page, running second in the Southwest S. G3. Last out he was third in the LeCompte G3 at the Fair Grounds.
2/2/13 - SW KITTEN's DUMPLINGS is now graded stakes placed, running second in the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay. She is a homebred for the Ramseys.
1/5/13 - Three year old Smokinindaboysroom, ran second in the Turfway Prevue holding on well for the place after prompting the pace. He is owned by Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable LLC, C. Apostelos. and Kendal Hansen.
12/29/12 - Graded staked placed stakes winner GUNG HO, c. 3 ( Kitten's Joy - Glory Dancer, by Honour and Glory) ran third in the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway. He is a Ramsey homebred. He came wide but could not catch the leaders.
12/15/12 - SW and Multiple Graded Stakes placed TWINSPIRED, c,. 4 (Harlan's Holiday - Historical Drive, by El Prado (IRE)) can from far off the pace to be second in the Prairie Bayou S. at Turfway. He is approaching $350,000 in earnings for owners Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC.
12/1/12 - Mike wore a path to the Winner's Circle at Gulfstream. BROTHER BIRD took the Claiming Crown Iron Horse S, BERNIE THE MAESTRO scored in the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit ( with Won Fast Bullet third), STARSILHOUETTE took the Claiming Crown Tiara S. and PARENT'S HONOR won the Claiming Crown Jewel S.all for the Ramseys. In addition, MAJOR MARVEL ran second in the Emerald S. also for the Ramseys. Mile wears this crown for sure.
11/17/12 - $35,000 claim pays off again. KING DAVID won the G1 Jamaica last month and this time he was second in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes - Gr. 3 closing well after contending with traffic.
11/10/12 - Mike had two Kitten's Joy two year old stakes winners at Retama Park. ADMIRAL KITTEN won the El Joven S to remain unbeaten in two starts and KITTEN'S DUMPLINGS won the M2 Technology La Senorita S. Both are homebreds for the Ramseys.
10/28/12 - JOHA is entered in the G1 BC Juvenile Turf for owner Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock, LLC. He drew post position 10. With morning-line odds are 6-1, he is co- second choice with Noble Tune. European invader Dundonnell is the luke warm favorite.
10/18/12 - KINDERGARDEN KID steps up and captures the Sycamore S, G3 at Keeneland. READ MORE
10/6/12 - Trainer Mike Maker had a Grade I double: The G1 Jamaica and the G1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity. READ MORE
9/29/12 - Recently claimed by Mike for the Ramseys, KINDERGARDEN KID ran third in the G1- Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont.
9/8/12 - Mike Maker trained ALWAYS KITTEN breaks her maiden in the $100,000 Happy Ticket S.at Louisiana Downs. On the same day, Kamchatka ran third in the Sunday Silence S also at Louisiana Downs.
8/30/12 - JOHA, winner of the Colin Stakes at Woodbine last out, almost got it done again in the With Anticipation S. at Saratoga. He missed by a head after leading the whole way. He is owned by Wade M. Wacker and was bred by BEC Bloodstock. He has earned $185,767 in 5 starts with 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third.
8/21/12 - HANSEN out of the Travers with a tendon injury.
8/10/12- LOTTA LOVIN wins her 4th stakes race in the Malvern Rose S. at Presque Isle Downs and raises her earnings to $200,767
8/4/12 - Hansen's race did not set up well for him, but the trip to West Virginia was a good one for Mike. MAJOR MARVEL won the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup Stakes and SW HEADACHE ran second in the West Virginia Governor's Stake. Both these stakes horses were excellent claims by Mike. READ MORE
7/14/12 - Two stakes victories for Mike today - one at Woodbine and one at Ellis Park READ MORE
7/14/12 - Hansen Still Likely for West Virginia Derby READ MORE
7/6/12- Thoroughbred Times: TRAINER OF THE WEEK® Mike Maker READ MORE
7/1/12 - Jack and Thomas F Conway's STATELY VICTOR ran 3rd in the Dominion Day G3 at Woodbine.
6/30/12 - HANSEN romped in the Iowa Derby G3 and Morgan`s Guerrilla ran third in the Dwyer G2. READ MORE
6/28/12 - Hansen Returns in Iowa Derby READ MORE
6/23/12 - Hansen aims for the GIII Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows June 30, the GII West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Aug. 4 and the GI Travers S. at Saratoga Aug. 25.READ MORE
6/9/12 - PAPAW BODIE came within a whisker of a G1 victory in the WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN H.-GI on the Belmont undercard. He was an ultra game second for his connections owner Connie M Apostelos and breeders Omega Farm, B D Gibbs Farm LLC & Chancey Mill Farm.
5/20/12 - SW MR. PRANKSTER had a rough trip in the Tiller S. at Belmont and ended up in 3rd.
5/19/12 - G2 SW LONESOME STREET missed by a whisker in the HANSHIN CUP S. (G3) at Arlington Park. He is owned by the Ramseys and was bred by Jon Kelly & Sarah Kelly
5/4/12 - Excellent start for the DERBY WEEKEND with JUANITA's win in the La Troienne S. G 2. READ MORE
4/30/12 - HANSEN ready for the Derby! Stay tuned... CLICK HERE to see a wonderful video of the athletic Hansen playing in the sand.
4/20/12 - Mike had 2 wins for 2 different owners on the day's card and SW LA GRAN BAILADORA third in the G3- Hillard Lyons Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland
4/12/12 - Mike has a great day at Keeneland overall despite missing the Winner's Circle with Hansen. 5/4/12 -Excellent start for the DERBY WEEKEND with JUANITA's win in the La Troienne S. G 2
4/7/12 - Morgan's Guerrilla pressed the pace wide and got a graded stakes placing running second in the Illinois Derby G3 for owners F. Thomas Conway, Jack Conway, Trey Thornton and Gary Carter. Lifetime: 3 - 1 2 0 $153,505
4/1/12 - PAPAW BODIE added a second in the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap - Gr. 2 to his resume. READ MORE
3/31/12 - ARTEMUS KITTEN takes the Bayou and Mike has an additional MSW winner today READ MORE
3/24/12 - Mike did not find his way to the winner's circle this weekend, but he had stakes placed horses for three different owners. READ MORE
3/22/12 - HANSEN to Blue Grass G1. Just need to keep him happy and relaxed READ MORE
3/19/12 - MR PRANKSTER and TIZANEXPENSE to run with better racing luck in the G3 Vinery Racing Spiral S. at Turfway Park READ MORE
3/17/12 - JUANITA ran second behind Horse of the Tear HAVRE DE GRACE in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes. She has raised he earnings to $ 286,642
3/3/12 - HANSEN romps in the Gotham G3 and MORGAN'S GUERRILLA breaks his maiden impressively READ MORE
2/25/12 - LOTTA LOVIN wins the Valdale S READ MORE
2/10/12 - Mike had two stakes placings today with SW LA GRAN BAILADORA third in the Likely Exchange S. at Turfway and SW JUANITA third in the Tiffany Lass at the Fair Grounds.
2/4/12 - Another great weekend for Mike including his third win of the WEBN S. in a row - this time with Mr. Prankster. READ MORE
2/3/12 - Gainesway homebred SMALL KITCHEN, f. 3 by Corinthian out of Banshee Girl, by Deputy Minister won off by almost 6 lengths at the Fair Grounds in her first start. Watch for this one.
2/1/12 - HANSON co highweighted at 126 pounds on the annual Experimental Free Handicap.
1/29/12- Champion HANSEN ends up second in the Holy Bull after a stumble at the start. “Everything’s well, he didn’t grab a quarter or anything,” Maker said. “We were second best. He’ll probably benefit from the race. It’s called a prep race for a reason.”
1/28/12 - Mike got his weekend off to a good start with PAPAW BODIE's, strong win in the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes - Gr.3. Owned by Connie M Apostelos, PAPAW BODIE has now won four straight. . He has earnings of $ 257,211 and has a total of six wins in 15 starts. On the same day, Kentucky Cup Sprint S.(G3) winner MATHEWSBURG, almost got it done in the Forego S. at Turfway. He made a bold move and missed the win by a head and a neck. He is owned by F. Thomas Conway and Matt Conway.
1/16/12 - Mike Maker trained Tapit's Hansen Named Champion 2-Year
-Old Colt! Despite anticipation of a close Eclipse race, Hansen won handily. He received 194 votes, compared to the 52 garnered by Union Rags. Secret Circle and Overdriven got one vote apiece.
1/14/12 - Mike got a stakes placing at the Fair Grounds and a win at Turfway. READ MORE
1/7/`2 - Mike lit up the board at Turfway Park in the Turfway Prevue S. READ MORE