Michael J. Maker

Michael J. Maker (born on February 7, 1969) is an American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. The son of a trainer, he learned the business from his father then set up his own public stable in 1991. In 1993 he went to work as an assistant to U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas where he remained until going out on his own again in 2003.[1]

Mike Maker
BornFebruary 7, 1969
Garden City, Michigan,
United States
Career wins1,595+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (2004)
Churchill Downs Stakes (2009)
Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (2009)
Lane's End Stakes (2006, 2010)
Blue Grass Stakes (2010)
Cornhusker Handicap (2011)
Edgewood Stakes (2013)
Black Gold Stakes (2016)
H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (2017, 2018)
Mac Diarmida Stakes (2019)
Pegasus World Cup Turf (2020)

Canadian Stakes wins:
Queen's Plate (2016)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (2009)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2011)
Significant horses
Furthest Land, Hansen, Stately Victor,
With a City, Sir Dudley Digges

Mike Maker's most important wins came with Furthest Land in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile [2] and the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile with Hansen [3] who would earn American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.[4] In 2010 he won the Blue Grass Stakes with the colt Stately Victor which qualified him for the Kentucky Derby.[5]


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