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Maker, the son of a trainer, grew up in the suburbs of Detroit attending races at Hazel Park and Detroit Race Course. At the young age of 13, Maker was already involved in the Thoroughbred industry as a horse owner. He was an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas and worked with Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic. Maker opened his own stable in 2003 & has trained top horses including: Eclipse Award winner, Hansen, Derby Kitten and Stately Victor.
Corey Lanerie, born in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a third generation horsemen. Lanerie's father was a jockey and then a trainer, and his grandfather was a trainer as well. Lanerie began galloping horses at the age of 9, and raced for the first time in 1991. He spends the majority of his career racing in Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas, and was the leading rider at Churchill Downs in the fall of 2013. Lanerie, 39, won the 2014 Woolf Award - an award, chosen by peer jockeys, that recognizes one rider each year for their outstanding career and personal character bringing high esteem to the sport of horse racing.
Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner
Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner is a partnership of horse owners from Louisville, Kentucky who are bidding to become the first owners of a Derby winner since 1906. Skychai Racing LLC’s founder and racing manager is Harvey Diamond, M.D. Diamond has loved horse racing since he was a child, when his father would get him out of school to attend the races. Diamond purchased his first horse in 1984; he is a physician, owner and president of Occupational Physician Services, P.S.C. Terry Raymond, also a native of Louisville, works in real estate and owns a t-shirt company. Raymond once owned 50 horses, but now has a stake in just 4 horses.
Harry's Holiday boasts two famous relatives up close in his pedigree: Grade 1-winning sire Into Mischief and two-time champion filly Beholder.
Into Mischief is his three-quarter brother. Both are by Harlan's Holiday, and Harry's Holiday's dam is a half-sister to both Into Mischief and Beholder.
Harlan's Holiday was seventh as the 6-1 choice in the 2002 Run for the Roses. His marquee wins came at 1 1/8 miles, including the Florida Derby, Blue Grass and the Donn Handicap. Although winless from six tries at 1 1/4 miles, Harlan's Holiday did place in such elite races as the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup at that classic distance.
A successful sire who unfortunately died last November, Harlan's Holiday is responsible for all types of runners. On the Triple Crown scene, his best son was Denis of Cork, the third-placer in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Belmont. He has another live chance in this year's field with Intense Holiday.
Harlan's Holiday has also sired Shanghai Bobby, the champion two-year-old male of 2012; speedy sprinter Majesticperfection; turf performer Willcox Inn; synthetic specialist Mendip, who won at up to 1 3/16 miles in Dubai; and current three-year-olds Ami's Holiday and Poker Player.
Harry's Holiday is the first registered foal from the unraced Daisy Mason, a daughter of 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Orientate. Harry's Holiday is therefore bred on the same cross as Shanghai Bobby, who was also by Harlan's Holiday and out of an Orientate mare. That reinforces the impression that Harry's Holiday could himself have distance limitations.
Harry's Holiday's close relative Into Mischief was a noted juvenile of 2007 who scored his signature win in the CashCall Futurity. During a three-year-old campaign limited by injury, Into Mischief raced only at seven furlongs, winning a minor stakes at Santa Anita and placing in both the San Vicente and Malibu.
Into Mischief has gotten off to a strong start as a stallion. His first crop yielded Goldencents, the 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner who went on to romp in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and Vyjack, successful in the 2013 Jerome and Gotham. Both were soundly beaten, however, in last year's Kentucky Derby. Louisiana Derby victor Vicar's in Trouble is the leading light so far in his second crop.
Into Mischief's half-sister, Beholder, has had much greater success on the racetrack. She secured her first divisional Eclipse Award after taking the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and clinched champion three-year-old filly honors in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Distaff. Those are two of her five Grade 1 tallies, along with the Las Virgenes, Santa Anita Oaks and Zenyatta Stakes.
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