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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Mar 29 2014 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds II 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 22 2014 Risen Star Fair Grounds II 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY
Jan 18 2014 Lecomte Fair Grounds III 1 Mile 70 Yards 1 REPLAY


Mike Maker


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.

Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey


Ken and Sarah Ramsey are natives of Artemus, Kentucky and are longtime horse lovers. Ken’s first glimpse of the Twin Spires came at age 5 when his family took a trip to Louisville and since that day he has always wanted to win the Kentucky Derby. The Ramsey’s have won numerous owners titles at racetracks across the country and have owned such stakes winners as Kitten’s Joy, Roses in May, Precious Kitten, and Pleasant Prince.


Vicar's in Trouble is by the same sire as Goldencents and Vyjack, who both made plenty of noise on the 2013 trail before tiring badly in the Kentucky Derby.

All three are sons of the up-and-coming young sire Into Mischief, a noted juvenile of 2007 who scored his signature win in the CashCall Futurity. During a three-year-old campaign limited by injury, he raced only at seven furlongs, winning a minor stakes at Santa Anita and placing in both the San Vicente and Malibu.

Himself a son of the late Harlan's Holiday, Into Mischief has gotten off to a strong start at stud. His first crop yielded Goldencents, the 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner who went on to romp in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile; Vyjack, successful in last winter's Jerome and Gotham; and Sittin at the Bar, a prolific stakes winner in the Louisiana-bred ranks. Vicar's in Trouble is the leading light so far in his second crop, which also includes stakes-winning sprinter Can the Man, the third-placer in the Del Mar Futurity.

Vicar's in Trouble is out of Vibrant, a five-time winner at sprint distances. She has produced two minor winners prior to Vicar's in Trouble.

Vibrant is by Vicar, who turned the Fountain of Youth/Florida Derby double in 1999. After winding up near the rear in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, he eventually reverted to one-turn events.

Prior to his export to Korea in 2006, Vicar sired R Lady Joy, who captured the 1 1/16-mile Delaware Oaks and Florida Oaks in 2005; sprinter/milers like Vestrey Lady and Rite Moment; and City Attraction and Vicarage, who were primarily sprinters.

Vibrant is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sprinter True Direction, hero of the 2002 Fall Highweight Handicap.

Vicar's in Trouble comes from the family of another Lecomte winner, Encolure, who garnered the Fair Grounds feature in 1985. Encolure later finished eighth in the Louisiana Derby, second in the Arkansas Derby and 10th in the Kentucky Derby.

This is the further family of the high-class Big Spruce and Manta.

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