Mike Maker
Trainer Bios

Mike Maker

Born: February 7, 1969 in Garden City, Mich.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 182

Stakes Wins: 8

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Oak Tree at Santa Anita with Furthest Land

First Stakes Win: 2004 Labor Day Handicap at Mountaineer Park with Freefourinternet

First Graded Stakes Win: 2004 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) at Hawthorne with Freefourinternet

First Career Win: April 28, 1993, at Detroit Race Course with Rauros

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2018 California Night 10th
2016 Twizz 14th
2015 Pepper Roani 8th


Harry’s Holiday



Fear the Kitten






Gung Ho






Joes Blazing Aaron



Stately Victor



Love Dubai



At Keeneland

Sixth-leading trainer by wins (182).

Five leading trainer titles: 2008 Spring, 2013 Spring and Fall, 2016 Spring, 2017 Fall.

Holds the Spring Meet record of 25 wins set in April 2013.

First Keeneland win came during the 2004 Spring Meet.

First of eight Keeneland stakes wins was the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with 40-1 longshot Stately Victor. Also won the 2011 Coolmore Lexington (G3) with Derby Kitten; 2012 Commonwealth (G2) with Lonesome Street, Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Joha and Sycamore (G3) with Kindergarden Kid; 2013 Elkhorn (G3) with Dark Cove and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Kitten's Dumplings; and 2016 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) with Da Big Hoss.



Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2009 Dirt Mile with Furthest Land; 2011 Juvenile with Hansen.

North American career earnings exceed $87 million with 2,204 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $10,988,867 with 216 wins, including victories in the United Nations (G1) with Bigger Picture, Goldikova (G2) with Kitten’s Roar and Muniz Memorial (G2) with Enterprising.

2016 earnings were a career-high $11,562,479 with 221 wins, including the Queen's Plate with Sir Dudley Digges, E.P. Taylor (G1) with Al's Gal and Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland with Da Big Hoss in the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). Won four stakes over two days at Kentucky Downs Sept. 10-11 topped by the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) with Da Big Hoss.

2015 earnings were $7,611,262 with 184 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2) with International Star.

2014 earnings were $9,584,222 with 217 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Super Derby (G2) with Vicar’s in Trouble.

Posted career win No. 1,000 on March 16, 2013, at Fair Grounds with Magical Season.

Trained 2011 champion 2-year-old male Hansen.



Mike became involved in racing because his father, the late George Maker, was trainer in Michigan. Mike cleaned stalls and walked hots, and he exercised horses when he became a teenager.

After training on his own in Michigan, Maker went to work for D. Wayne Lukas’ Midwest division at Churchill Downs and Lukas assistant Dallas Stewart. He started as an exercise rider then became barn foreman and an assistant trainer. When Stewart departed in 1997, Mike replaced him. He was ready to go back out on his own in 2003. He is a leading trainer throughout Kentucky.