Heart To Heart Takes It Up A Notch In Maker’s 46 Mile

Second in both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile, Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart went one better this year to score a solid 1 3/4 length victory. The 7-year-old son of English Channel, ridden by regular rider Julien Leparoux, covered a mile on Keeneland‘s firm turf in 1:34.71. Under the care of trainer Brian Lynch, Heart to Heart has now compiled back-to-back G1 victories.

“He just never stops giving,” Lynch said. “Julien (Leparoux) is just a great fit with him. I think that was probably one of his best performances here today. You always worry about the Keeneland stretch; it’s so long. We’re always looking for the wire before it gets there. But today, when he broke clear, I thought someone’s going to have to burst out of the pack to get him. He was on his game. We loved the way he trained coming into it, and we really felt like he was the best we’ve had him. He certainly showed it today.”

Heart to Heart won the race to the first turn from Frostmourne, Ballagh Rocks and Om and set fractions of :24.07, :47.90 and 1:11.77 while getting only token pressure from Om.

At the head of the stretch, Heart to Heart kicked clear and raced home with no challengers posing a serious threat.

Heart to Heart returned $8.40, $4.40 and $3.20. Ballagh Rocks, ridden by Luis Saez, returned $5 and $3.80 and finished a half-length in front of Forge (GB), who paid $5.40 to show under Joel Rosario.

Om finished another nose back in fourth and was followed in order by Frostmourne, Mr. Misunderstood, Next Shares, Tower of Texas and Hogy.

“He deserves to win this race,” Leparoux added. “He had a couple of tough beats at Keeneland (finishing second in this race the past two years). He’s a nice horse; everybody loves him. He’s a cool horse to be around. Last time (out), he got his first Grade 1 (win in the Gulfstream Park Turf on Feb. 10), which was very special, but to get a Grade 1 at Keeneland is even more special.”

The victory was worth $180,000 and increased Heart to Heart’s earnings to $1,917,290 with a record of 35-15-5-3 with 11 of the victories coming in graded stakes.

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