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Mike Maker

Trainer

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.

Julien Leparoux

Jockey

Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor for top apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year. He is a five time Breeder's Cup winner.He grew up around racing in Chantilly, France and knew at a young age he wanted to be a jockey. Father Robert was a jockey and assistant trainer. Julien came to North American in 2003 and began working for trainer and fellow Frenchman Patrick Biancone galloping horses. Leparoux began riding in 2005 at Saratoga, but his breakout season came in 2006. He won riding titles as an apprentice at Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland. In 2008 he tied Pat Day's record of seven wins on a single card at Churchill Down's fall meet.Top mounts have included: Informed Decision, Forever Together, Gorella, Dialed In, Warrior’s Reward, She Be Wild, Pure Clan, and Wise Dan and Turallure. Julien Leparoux was born on July 15, 1983 and resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Owner

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.

Pedigree

Thank You Marylou is by Birdstone, who not only captured the 2004 Belmont Stakes but would go on to sire a pair of classic-winning offspring in 2009 Belmont victor Summer Bird and that same year’s Kentucky Derby upsetter, Mine That Bird.

Mine That Bird and Summer Bird gave Birdstone a pair of champions from his first crop.

Birdstone, who racked up $1.5 million in earnings from just nine career starts that included wins in the Travers and Champagne, also sired 2009 Kentucky Oaks runner-up Stone Legacy.

The stallion is a half-brother to Bird Town, who captured the 2003 Kentucky Oaks and was later named that year’s champion three-year-old filly.

Thank You Marylou is out of the stakes-winning Menifee mare Menifeeque, who is herself a daughter of stakes scorer Cure the Blues.

Thank You Marylou’s female line also includes 1973 Kentucky Oaks queen Bag of Tunes; Grade 1 hero Cormorant, who sired 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin; and Hall of Famer Mom’s Command.

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