From the Turfway Park Media Team:

Trainer Mike Maker, annually one of the top conditioners at Turfway Park, entered a trio of horses in Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) in search of his sixth victory in the race and, more importantly, will attempt to take one step closer to “Smiley” Adams’ record of seven training victories in the race.

“With the new purse structure at Turfway, it is very exciting for the future of racing in Northern Kentucky,” Maker said.

Maker’s trio of entrants into this year’s race includes 3-1 morning line favorite Field Pass for owners Three Diamonds Farm. Field Pass, a gray 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, sneaked through in the final strides to win the Dania Beach after being bottled up toward the rail for most of the one-mile journey.

One of the nation’s top riders, Irad Ortiz Jr., will have the call on Field Pass from post 12. Field Pass has been based at Palm Meadows in South Florida but shipped to Turfway in early March for a half-mile work over the Polytrack in :50.80.

Maker, a native of Michigan, is a household name for the Turfway Park faithful. He won last year’s race with Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Somelikeithotbrown. His previous winners were Fast and Accurate (2017), Oscar Nominated (2016), Dean’s Kitten (2010) and With a City (2006).

His other entrants in this year’s race: Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s maiden winner Fancy Liquor and recent $32,000 claim Victory Boulevard.

The field for the Jeff Ruby Steaks:

Post Horse Trainer Rider Morning Line
1 Dack Janiels Jack Sisterson Rafael Bejarano 20-1
2 Toma Todo Steven Asmussen Alan Garcia 20-1
3 Fancy Liquor Michael Maker Florent Geroux   8-1
4 Unthrottled Dallas Stewart Corey Lanerie 30-1
5 Myamanoi Danny Gargan Kendrick Carmouche   4-1
6 Halo Again Steven Asmussen Rafael Hernandez   6-1
7 Victory Boulevard Michael Maker Gerardo Corrales 30-1
8 Finnick the Fierce Rey Hernandez Sonny Leon   6-1
9 Austrian Jose Fernandez Abel Lezcano 50-1
10 The Stiff Michael McCarthy Geovanni Franco 12-1
11 Invader Wesley Ward Albin Jimenez   7-2
12 Field Pass Michael Maker Irad Ortiz Jr.   3-1


Gary Barber’s three-time winner Laura’s Light was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $150,000 Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks (listed).

Run at one mile, the Bourbonette Oaks offers points to the top four finishers on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks on a 20-8-4-2 scale.

Laura’s Light, a speedy daughter of Constitution, enters the Bourbonette Oaks following a three-quarters of a length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong Sweetest Life (G3) at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Miller, Laura’s Light has previous experience over a synthetic surface, breaking her maiden by 2 1/2 lengths at Golden Gate Fields under previous trainer Jamey Thomas.

Turfway’s leading rider Albin Jiminez will be in the irons in the Bourbonette Oaks from post 9.

The field for the Bourbonette Oaks:

Post Horse Trainer Rider Morning Line
     1 Mama’s Grey Ghost Anthony Farrior J. D. Acosta 20-1
     2 Swanage Steve Asmussen Rafael Hernandez 12-1
     3 Queen of God Michael Maker Irad Ortiz Jr.   9-2
     4 Oxum Power Paulo Lobo Joseph Ramos   8-1
     5 Pass the Plate Paul McGee Florent Geroux   4-1
     6 Fashion Code Steve Asmussen Alan Garcia 20-1
     7 Impeccable Style Kenneth McPeek Corey Lanerie   4-1
     8 Las Ramblas Kim Hammond Alex Achard 50-1
     9 Laura’s Light Peter Miller Albin Jiminez   9-5
    10 Kay Bee Gee Ron Kahles John McKee 20-1
    11 Baby Karats John Ennis Julie Burke 50-1
    12 Secretly Wicked Jack Hancock Ajhari Williams 50-1

AE 13        A Wicked Wildcat                 Aveory Faircloth             Sonny Leon                    50-1

The first of 12 races on Saturday’s card runs at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Bourbonette Oaks at 5:55 p.m. is the 10th race, followed by the Jeff Ruby Steaks at 6:42 p.m.

Entries for all 12 of Saturday’s races are posted on Equibase.