Derby Contenders

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Apr 10 2010 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Keeneland I 1 & 1/8M 1 REPLAY


Michael Maker


Born in Garden City, Michigan on February 7, 1969.Father George was a trainer in Detroit. Michael bought his first horse at the age of 13 with money he earned from hot walking and delivering newspapers.Michael would work for his father as an assistant before opening his own stable, but later leaving to work for D. Wayne Lukas in 1993.In 1997 became Lukas’s top assistant of the Churchill Downs stable.Once again in 2003 Maker opened his public stable and found immediate success with Freefourinternet, who would win the 2004 Hawthorne Gold Cup and went on to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.Maker has won training titles at Keeneland, Turfway, and Churchill Downs.Holds the record at Churchill Downs for most wins during the fall meet with 31.Won his first Breeders’ Cup in 2009 with Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile.In 2006 won the Lane’s End Stakes with With a City, who would have been the first starter for Maker in the Kentucky Derby, but the week of the derby With a City passed away from a mysterious illness.Top horses for Maker include: Forest Attack, Kera’s Kitten, Dean’s Kitten, Accredit, Almighty Silver, Double or Nothing, and Mr. Serious.

Alan Garcia


Alan Garcia’s father and grandfather were both professional riders in Garcia’s native Peru. Garcia was named leading apprentice in his country and soon moved to the United States to advance his riding career. In 2008, he won the Belmont Stakes aboard Da’Tara which spoiled Big Brown’s attempt at a Triple Crown. Garcia will be making his 4th consecutive start in the Kentucky Derby. Other top mounts include Regal Ransom and Alpha.

F. Thomas Conway and Jack Conway


Thomas works as an attorney in Louisville.Jack is currently running for the United State Senate and serves as the Kentucky Attorney General.Thomas hasn’t missed a Kentucky Derby since 1963.Stately Victor’s win in the Toyota Blue Grass marked the biggest win to date for the father/son team.Named for Jack’s best friend Victor, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1992 at the age of 23.  

Adena Springs



  • Stately Victor is the top-rated son of 2004 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Ghostzapper, who has had just two crops to race thus far
  • Ghostzapper captured nine of his 11 career starts, including the Woodward S. (G1), Metropolitan H. (G1) and Vosburgh S. (G1)
  • Ghostzapper’s progeny have won from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, with an average winning distance of 7.1 furlongs
  • Stately Victor is out of Collect the Cash, winner of the 2000 Queen Elizabeth II Invitational Challenge Cup (G1)
  • Collect the Cash has also produced stakes-placed Money My Honey
  •  Others of note in this female line include Grade/Group 3 winners Dr. Bobby A., Nome and Love of Silver
  •  Stately Victor’s broodmare sire is Grade 2 victor Dynaformer
  •  Dynaformer’s top rated offspring include 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Barbaro and Grade 1 winner Perfect Drift, third in the 2002 Run for the Roses
  •  Daughters of Dyanformer have produced the likes of Grade 1 scorers Spring at Last and Sharp Lisa

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