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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Maker Seeks Sixth Win of Jeff Ruby Steaks

3/12/2020

Wins Span 14 Years

Trainer Mike Maker, annually one of the top conditioners at Turfway Park, entered a trio of horses in Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks in search of his sixth victory in the race and, more importantly, in an attempt to take one step closer to “Smiley” Adams’ record of seven training victories in the race.

“With the new purse structure at Turfway, it is very exciting for the future of racing in Northern Kentucky,” Maker said.

Maker’s trio of entrants into this year’s race includes 3-1 morning line favorite Field Pass for owners Three Diamonds Farm. Field Pass, a gray 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, sneaked through in the final strides to win the Dania Beach on turf after being bottled up toward the rail for most of the one-mile journey.

One of the nation’s top riders, Irad Ortiz Jr., will have the call on Field Pass from post 12. Field Pass has been based at Palm Meadows in South Florida but shipped to Turfway in early March for a half-mile work over the Polytrack in :50.80.

Maker, a native of Michigan, is a household name for the Turfway Park faithful. He won last year’s race with Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Somelikeithotbrown. His previous winners were Fast and Accurate (2017), Oscar Nominated (2016), Dean’s Kitten (2010) and With a City (2006).

His other entrants in this year’s race are the defending owners; maiden winner Fancy Liquor and recent $32,000 claim Victory Boulevard.

The field for the Jeff Ruby Steaks:

 

Post/Horse

Trainer

Rider

Morning Line

1

Dack Janiels

Jack Sisterson

Rafael Bejarano

20-1

2

Toma Todo

Steven Asmussen

Alan Garcia

20-1

3

Fancy Liquor

Michael Maker

Florent Geroux

  8-1

4

Unthrottled

Dallas Stewart

Corey Lanerie

30-1

5

Myamanoi

Danny Gargan

Kendrick Carmouche

  4-1

6

Halo Again

Steven Asmussen

Rafael Hernandez

  6-1

7

Victory Boulevard

Michael Maker

Gerardo Corrales

30-1

8

Finnick the Fierce

Rey Hernandez

Sonny Leon

  6-1

9

Austrian

Jose Fernandez

Abel Lezcano

50-1

10

The Stiff

Michael McCarthy

Geovanni Franco

12-1

11

Invader

Wesley Ward

Albin Jimenez

  7-2

12

Field Pass

Michael Maker

Irad Ortiz Jr.

  3-1

 

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