2017 - MIKE MAKER wins 19th TURFWAY LEADING TRAINER TITLE          Mike wins 6th Churchill Downs Leading Trainer Title          $35,000 claim AL'S GAL wins G1- E P Taylor S           DA BIG HOSS has won 6 stakes, 4 graded, since his claim a year ago          Another claim to SW: AL'S GAL, wins the KEERTANA S. and is G2 stakes placed           Mike Maker won his 4th Keeneland leading trainer title with 13 victories          2016 KTDF Trainer of the Year: Michael Maker          Another claim OSCAR NOMINATED wins Spiral S. on DERBY TRAIL          Claimed for $32,000, S'MAVERLOUS takes the $400,000 New Orleans H. G2          Mike wins the Louisiana Derby for the 2nd year in a row          Did you know that Mike has won 8 graded stakes races with horses that he claimed?          Including the BREEDERS CUP DIRT MILE!          BIGGER PICTURE - a $32,000 claim - wins 2nd G3           


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2017 - MIKE MAKER wins

  • 2 graded stakes placings for the Maker Barn

    MSW CHARMING KITTEN ran second in the G2- Dixiana Elkhorn S at Keeneland for the Ramseys and is pushing a million dollars in earnings. He was bothered by traffic and was rolling at the end. The 7 year old is a money making machine. Following in the show position was MGSW BIGGER PICTURE (Badge of Silver) for owner Three Diamonds Farm. He has earned over $650,000.  



    Ramseys, Maker Repeat at Turfway: Ken and Sarah Ramsey were the leading owners at Turfway Park for the 12th time when racing concluded at the Florence, Kentucky track's winter/spring meet Apr. 1. The Ramseys, who were also the leading owners at Gulfstream=s championship meet which concluded Sunday, sent out 12 winners from 40 Turfway starters. Mike Maker earned his fifth consecutive Turfway training title, and 19th overall, saddling 27 winners during the 46-day meeting. Alonso Quinonez captured the first riding title of his career with 50 wins from 266 mounts. Racing returns to Turfway Nov. 29. 

  • PRIZE FIGHT earns stakes placing

    Three year old gelding Prize Fight (Tiznow) broke his maiden earlier this year at Gulfstream. Trying the 14 Hands Winery Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay, he rallied well for the show position. He is owned by  Three Diamonds Farm and was bred by Haras Santa Maria de Araras S. A. & Tiznow Syndicate.

  • BIG day for the Maker barn

    ENTERPRISING won the G2- Muniz Memorial H at the Fair Grounds for owner Maxis Stable and pushed his earnings over 3/4 of a million dollars. ENTERPRISING, a game last out winner of the GIII Fair Grounds H.made it two straight with this narrow score.  He drew on the fence here and raced in striking distance then shot through an opening along the inside in the stretch and came out on top in a wild three-horse photo finish. 

    MSW OSCAR NOMINATED ran third in the G2- Muniz Memorial H at the Fair Grounds for the Ramseys and upped his earnings to $759,195.

    Designed for War added another graded stakes placing to his name in the G2- Pan American S for Three Diamonds Farm and has earned $204,287. To add to the fun for Three Diamonds Farm, Shiraz ran third in the Cutler Bay H also at Gulfstream.


  • More stakes action

    SW EN HANSE, winner of the WEBN Stakes last out, ran second in the John Battaglia Memorial S at Turfway for owners Bode Miller and Kendall Hansen, Also stakes placed today was Trust Factor who ran second in the Dixie Poker Ace S  at the Fair Grounds for owner Scrivener Stables. This was his first start in stakes company.

  • Good day at the races for the Maker barn

    Mike had bookends  in the WEBN S at Turfway Park, with EN HANSE the winner and Hunka Burning Love (by Into Mischief ) in third. It was thie first stakes win for EN HANSE  who is owned by Kendall E. Hansen and Bode Miller.  Dr. Hansen is the breeder as well and of course the owner of major SW HANSEN, The gray or roan colt went to the lead early although fanned out 7 wide. He cleared his field  for the win by 3 1/2 lengths. Also fanned very wide was Hunka Burning Love who made a bid in the stretch and checked in third for the Ramseys.

    To add to the day, PORTANDO had a nice win at PARX for his owner Three Diamonds Farm and raised his earnings over $129,000.

  • HOT DAD adds black type

    HOT DAD ( Sidney's Candy) had a stakes placing already in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes. He added to that with an allowance win and now another stakes placing in the Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds. He is owned by Warner Thoroughbreds,  Jim, Setzer, Brett Setzer,and Triple R Racing, Inc. and has earned over $93,000.

  • Shiraz adds his first stakes placing in the Dania Beach S G3

    NY Bred Shiraz (Tale of the Cat) stepped up into graded stakes company in the Dania Beach G3 at Gulfstream after a graduating this fall at Belmont. He was checked early in the race but swung out to get up for third. He is owned by  Three Diamonds Farm and was bred by Lambholm.

  • All sorts of stakes horses for many owners in the MAKER BARN

    TAGHLEEB won the Allen Jerkens S. for owner Michael M Hui and upped his earnings over $333,000

    OSCAR NOMINATED was 2nd in the Tropical Park Derby for the Ramseys and upped his earnings over $650,000

    TWO STEP TIME was 3rd in the Tropical Park Derby for owner Get Away Farm and upped his earnings over $150,000

    TRY YOUR LUCK was 3rd in the Tropical Park Oaks for owner Out Of This World Racing LLC and upped her earnings over $230,000

    GIANNA'S DREAM was 2nd in the Pago Hop for owner Jordan V Wycoff and upped her earnings over $239.000


  • 3 stakes placings for Mike

     Kitten's Roar was second in the Blushing K D S at the Fair Grounds and Granny's Kitten was third in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial S also at the Fair Grounds. Both are owned by the Ramseys and  have significant earnings with Granny's Kitten in the lead with earnings of $385,851 followed by Kitten's Roar at $271,958. Also gaining black type was MSW ENTERPRISING who was third  in the Praire Bayou at Turfway. He has earned just a tick under half a million dollars for his owner Maxis Stable.

  • 2 yo Hey Mike adds another stakes placing

    2 yo Hey Mike, added STILL another stakes placing, this one in the Pulpit S at Gulfstream. He is owned and was bred by Michael Hui and has earned over $100,000 and has not been off the board in 5 starts..


    And he helps the Ramseys earn their RECORD 28th!

  • COALPORT adds G3 black type

    Making his 29th start, 7 year old MSW COALPORT (Kitten's Joy) ran a good third in the G3- Tropical Turf H at Gulfstream Park West. He has earned over $621,000 for his owner/breeders the Ramseys.

  • MSW OK Bred, GIANNA' S DREAM, 2nd in the Winter Memories S at Aqueduct

    MSW GIANNA' S DREAM (Twirling Candy), recent winner of the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf S at Remington Park shipped to Aueduct and landed a second in the Winter Memories S. GIANNA'S DREAM is owned by Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair and Zeta Zody is owned by Skychai Racing and her trainer. The 3 YO filly has earned over $218,000.

  • KITTEN'S ROAR adds a graded stakes placing

    The Ramsey's Kitten's Roar already had one stakes placing and today she added a graded stakes placing, running 2nd in the G3 Cardinal H at Churchill Downs, going 1 1/8 on the turf. She has earned over $250,000

  • 2 stakes placings in the Showing Up S

    3 year old colt Two Step Time (Two Step Salsa) was second by a head in the Showing Up S at GPW going a mile on the turf. He is owned by Get Away Farm and has earned $144,535. Checking in biehind him was Keystoneforvictory (Shakespeare) owned by the Ramseys with current earnings of $121,475.

  • BC Pre-Entries

    Turf: Da Big Hoss for Skychai Racing LLC

     Fillies and Mares Turf: Al's Gal for  Sarah K. Ramsey 

    Juvenile Turf:  Shiraz forThree Diamonds Farm 

  • Another good day for the Maker Barn

    Mike had the first 2 across the wire in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf S at Remington Park.GIANNA' S DREAM was the winner followed by Zeta Zody. GIANNA'S DREAM is owned by Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair and Zeta Zody is owned by Skychai Racing and her trainer. Both fillies are multiple stakes winners and each has won well over $200,000.

  • Good day at Keeneland for the Maker barn

    Multiple stakes placed, Bigger Picture, added another - this time a G3 - in the Sycamore S  going 1 1/2 on the turf at Keeneland. He is another of Mike's claimer to stakes horses achievements. Bigger Picture is owned by Three Diamonds Farm. On the same card stakes placed Kitten's Roar won an allowance race for the Ramseys.

  • Al's Gal adds a G1 in the E P Taylor S

    NOTE: Maker claimed Al's Gal on behalf of the Ramseys for $35,000 in February of 2015, and she has won a pair of stakes races and been placed in multiple graded stakes since that time.

  • Great day racing for the MAKER barn - 4 WINS!

    4 winners today across the county: Nice wins  at Keeneland  for the Ramsey's graded 7 year old SW COALPORT and 3 year old HOMESPUN HERO also for the Ramseys, At Belmont SPACE ODDITY won for Six String Stables and at Gulfstream West, ARELLA PRINCESS won for Rockin Horse Stable LLC

  • ENTERPRISING ran third in the Mr Steele S at

    GSW ENTERPRISING owned by Maxis Stable and bred by Glen Hill Farm made a move three wide in the Mr Steele S at Gulfstream and got up for the show. He has earned $434,600

  • 2 stakes wins for the Maker Barn

    TAGHLEEB is another claim turned stakes winner for Mike. He moved from inside to outside and cleared to win the Remington Green S going 1 1/8 on the turf for new owner Michael Hui.TAGHLEEB was bred by Shadwell.

    Also at Remington, GIANNA'S DREAM also won a stakes, the Bob Barry Memorial S run at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The first time stakes winner is owned by Jordan V. Wycoff and was bred by Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair.

  • GRANNY'S KITTEN wins the Alphabet Soup

    G3 stakes placed, GRANNY'S KITTEN gained upper case black-type winning the Alphabet Soup H at PARX. She slipped through on the rail and fought to the wire to win by a neck. She has earned over $342,000 for her owner/breeders the Ramseys.

  • Graded stakes placed TRY YOUR LUCK wins the Dueling Grounds Oaks

    TRY YOUR LUCK, stakes placed in the G3 Pucker Up S and the Regret S, annexed her first stakes win in the  Dueling Grounds Oaks for owner Out Of This World Racing LLC and breeder Fred W. Hertrich lll & John D. Fielding. She won off by 7 lengths with mild urging going 1 5/16th on the Kentucky Downs turf course. 

  • More than KY Downs Successes today

    At Laurel GENEROUS KITTEN ran second  in the Laurel Turf Cup S  for the Ramseys and raised his earnings over $160,000. At Louisiana Downs. COALPORT, another Kitten's Joy ran second in Unbridled S also for the Ramseys. His earnings stand at $578,283. Finally Roman Approval by Roman Ruler ran third in the Ptha Presidents Cup S at PARX. He has earned $534,763 to date for owner Three Diamonds Farm.

  • 3 stakes placings for Mike

    Graded SW ENTERPRISING showed up in Mike's barn for his prior start in a starter allowance. Doing what he does best with older geldings with back class, Mike entered him in the Vid S. at Gulfstream and was rewarded with a good second. 

    At Kentucky Downs, Mike got 2 stakes placings with two year olds. Lady Hansen ran second in the 7 furlong Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies S for owner/breeder Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing LLC. Hot Dad, a 2 year by Sidney's Candy, ran third in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile S for owners Jim and Brett Setzer, Jim, Setzer, Brett, Triple R Racing, Inc. and Warner Thoroughbreds. 

  • Great day racing for the MAKER barn

    The wonderfully named WATCHYOUROWNBOBBER took the West Virginia House Of Delegates at Mountaineer and before than the Warrior Veterans S at Indiana Grand on Indiana Derby Day. He was a clever claim even before he broke his maiden for the Ramseys. Now he has multiple stakes placings, 2 stakes wins and he has earned over $323,000. On the same card SUZIE BEE ran second in the West Virginia Senate Presidents Cup for Calumet and is pushing $200,000 in earnings. Adding to the excitement for the Ramseys,GRANNY'S KITTEN ran third in the Robellino S  and now has over $282,000 in earnings.

  • Try Your Luck stakes place for the second time in a row

    Three year old filly Try Your Luck rallied late to be third in the Tawee S at Indiana Grand for owner Stefanie Carroll. This was her second stakes placing in a row - she was also third in the Regret Stakes - Gr. 3 at Churchill. She has earned over $100,000.

  • GRANNY'S KITTEN adds MORE black type

    Graded stakes placed, Granny`s Kitten, added more black type running second in the Leemat S  at Presque Isle Downs  for the Ramseys. He has earned over $270,000  in only 12 starts.

  • 2 stakes placed horses for Mike at Gulfstream

    A clever claim for owner Keith Plaisance, multiple graded staked placed  7 year old Artie Shiller horse, Hammers Terror, ran second in the Miesques Approval S at Gulfstream going 1 1/16 on the turf and upped his earnings to $486,492, He was bred by Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman.

    On the same day MSW SUSIE BEE added more black type running second in the Spook Express S also at 1 1/16 on the turf. She has earned over $172,000 for owner Calumet Farm. She is by the Calumet sire English Channel.

  • Go Go Lucky stakes placed in the Stallion Stakes at Belmont

    Giddy Up Stables, homebred three year old Roaring Fever colt Go Go Lucky, gained black type running third in the Stallion Stakes at Belmont. The race was 7 furlongs on the turf. Go Go Lucky was off a step slow, raced towards the inside and then came wide in the stretch.

  • GRANNY'S KITTEN adds black type and has earned 1/4 million

    Graded stakes placed, Granny`s Kitten, added more black type running second in the Mystic Lake Mile Stakes at Canterbury Park  for the Ramseys. She has earned over $250,000. 

  • Sir Dudley Digges third in the Plate Trial at Woodbine

    Three year old Sir Dudley Digges broke his maiden last out at Keeneland. Stepping up into stakes company in the Plate Trial at Woodbine, he finished gamely for the show. He is a Gio Ponit colt owned by the Ramseys.

  • 1 SW and 1 stakes placed for Mike

    5 year old English Channel mare, AL'S GAL, a $35,000 claim in 2015 adds a win in the KEERTANA S.at Churchill Downs to her resume going  1 1/2 miles on the turf. She is  owned by Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey and has upped her earnings to  $279,855. She Narrowly missed when 2nd in the GIII Bewitch S. last out at Keeneland. She got away with speed and  stalked the pace from a close fourth while saving ground in the early going., she turned up the pressure passing the three-eighths pole and drew well clear in the stretch. 

    On the same day at Arlington, Swagger Jagger ran third in the G3 Arlington Classic S. He is owned by Warner Thoroughbreds, Lewis, III, Lewis, Setzer, Setzer et al



  • Mike gets place and show in the Louisville H. G3

    At Churchill, in the mile and one half Louisville H G3, Mike had the place and show horses. Johns Kitten by Kitten' s Joy rallied from far back to gain the place and add the first black type to his pedigree He is owned by the Ramseys  Johns Kitten pushed his earnings to over $97,000. Hitting the board in the show position was the veteran Roman Approval owned by Three Diamonds. Multiple graded stakes placed Roman Approval has earned over $435,000.

  • Hey Mike stakes placed in the Kentucky Juvenile S at Churchill

    The appropriately named 2 year old colt, HEY MIKE, has now added black type to his pedigree, running 2nd in the Kentucky Juvenile S  at Churchill Downs. In in priorr start, he snuck up the rail and hit the wire ahead of the Wesley Ward favorite to win first out at Keeneland. He is by Cape Blanco {Ire}. and is a homebred for Michael Hui.

  • Mike takes trainer title at Keeneland

    Mike Maker won his fourth Keeneland leading trainer title with 13 victories, including a win in the GII Dixiana Elkhorn S. with Da Big Hoss (Lemon Drop Kid). 

  • Another great day racing for Mike

    SMOKEM KITTEN won the G3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream for the Ramseys to add another stake winner notch in the belt of his sire Kitten's Joy. Also at Gulfstream, English Channel filly Susie Bee ran third in the  Powder Break S adding black type to her pedigree and upping her earnings to $113,333. She is owned by Bluegrass Hall LLC. To cap it off, Southern Gem won an $80.000 allowance race at Belmont for his owner Three Diamonds Farm and R. Verratti  and Zoo Yorker won at CHurchill for owner Mark Breen.

  • Al's Gal adds graded black type in the Bewitch G3

    Already stakes placed, Al's Gal by English Channel added a graded stakes placing in the Bewitch S. G3 at Keeneland. She is owned by the Ramseys and was bred by Malone Racing LLC. The 5 year old mare has earned $247,395.


    Courtesy of the Blood-Horse
    By Claire Novak

    A clever $50,000 claim last year by trainer Mike Maker and Skychai Racing, 5-year-old Da Big Hoss continued to reward his new connections April 23, when he won his first grade II event. The Lemon Drop Kid runner shot through on the rail under jockey Florent Geroux and held off rallying Kaigun by half a length to claim the $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. He added the 1 1/2-mile turf race to a resume that includes wins in the John B. Connally Turf (gr. IIIT) and Kentucky Turf Cup (gr. IIIT). "He's a very neat horse," Geroux said. "When there's an opening he can shoot through very quickly, and that made the difference today. When I was able to see the opening at the top of the stretch, my horse kicked through and kept on going." Bred in Kentucky by Gary and Mary West out of the Touch Gold mare Lady Struck Gold, Da Big Hoss made 10 starts for the Wests and trainer Wayne Catalano before moving to Maker. Seven of his eight subsequent races have been in stakes.

    On the same day, Mike had 2 more winners and a nice stakes placing by PARTLY MOCHA in the Confucius Cay S  at Charles Town.

  • Mike gets first out 2 year old winnner

    The appropriately named 2 year old colt, HEY MIKE, snuck up the rail and hit the wire ahead of the Wesley Ward favorite to win first out at Keeneland. He is by Cape Blanco {Ire}. and is a homebred for Michael Hui.

  • I`m No Secret third in the Fisher Island H.

    Three year old Discreetly Mine colt, I`m No Secret added black type. sprinting to the show position  in the Fisher Island H at Gulfstream. He is a homebred for Get Away Farm.

  • Mike wore a path to the winner's circle at Turfway

    The most exciting was recently claimed OSCAR NOMINATED who punched his ticket to the KY DERBY. Also winning were  AFLEET LADY and SCISSORS AND TAPE both breaking their maidens in MSW company.

  • ANOTHER Mike Maker claimed horse wins a G2: Maker Exacta

    S'MAVERLOUS was claimed for $32,000 this fall at Belmont. The 6 year old Tiz Wonderful gelding had 2 allowance wins after he changed barns and stepping up into Grade 2 stakes company, he nailed the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds. He is now owned by Gata Racing Stable LLC and has earned over $500,000. This is one of Mike's specialties - claiming a horse and moving it up into Graded stakes company - sometimes all the way to the Breeders' Cup!

    It was a MIKE MAKE EXACTA as GSW INTERNATIONAL STAR, winner of last year's Louisiana Derby G2, was placed second due to interference. He upped his earnings over $1,150,000. He is owned by the Ramseys.

  • Good stakes day for Mike

    Just in time for the actual OSCARS, OSCAR NOMINATED won the Black Gold Overnight S  going  7-1/2 furlongs on the turf. He was bred by the Ramseys and is now owned by Mrs Jerry Amerman. He  has 2 wins and 2 seconds from 6 starts and is approaching $90,000 in earnings.

    At Sam Houston, TWO STEP TIME won his first stakes, the Texas Heritage S, for his owner Get Away Farm. He has earned over $93,000 and has not been off the board.

  • Stakes placing and a winner at the Fair Grounds

    Multiple graded stakes placed year old horse, Roman Approval added black type running second in the G3. Fair Grounds H. He is owned by Three Diamonds Farm and was bred by Glencrest Farm LLC & Fox-Straus. He has earned over $423,000. On the same card, 7 year old Hammers Terror won an AOC and pushed his earnings close to $450,000.  Hammers Terror was a claim last March for owner Michael M Hui. Mike does a great job of keeping these wonderful old horses with back class happy.

  • Magna Breeze 2nd in the Houston Turf S

     MSW MAGNA BREEZE,  who had  run for a $15,000 tag, added more black type running second in the Houston Turf S at Sam Houston. He is owned by William J Buck Butler and has earned over $183,000.

  • DA BIG HOSS romps in the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes - Gr. 3

    Newly claimed for $50,000, DA BIG HOSS, won the  G3 Kentucky Downs Turf Cup for new owner Skychai Racing LLC, and then took the show spot in the G3- W L Mcknight H at Gulfstream Park. In his most recent start, the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes - Gr. 3 at Sam Houston,  he settled on the rail and then found a seam and went through for an easy win by over 4 lenghts, He has earned over $700,000.

  • Two Step Time second in the OBS Obs Championship S

    Two Step Time slipped up the inside and got the place in the OBS Championship S. going 1 1/16 on the All Weather track at the Ocala Training Center. The three year old is owned by  Get Away Farm and was bred by Chessmate Thoroughbreds International LLC & Peter Halsall.

  • Magna Breeze 3rd in the Richard King S at Sam Houston

    Multiple SW Texas bred MAGNA BREEZE went wide to hold for third in the Richard King S. at Sam Houston. He is owned by William J. Butler.

    Mike had two other winners, 4 year old Curlin filly, Split it , won at Turfway for owner /breeder James M Herbener Jr and Tapit horse Tax Deduction also won at Turfway and was claimed.

  • International Star looks to rebound in Louisiana Stakes

    Courtesy of the DRF
    By Marcus Hersh