Honor Roll Presented By New York Thoroughbred Breeding And Development Fund: Mike Maker’s Brigade For Stallion Stakes Series

Trainer Mike Maker has had major success with New York-breds racing in open company: International Star swept the three open graded stakes for 3-year-olds in 2015 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La.; and earlier this year, he took the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby at Turfway Park in Kentucky with Somelikeithotbrown.

On Dec. 14-15, Maker is hoping to claim a share of the riches available in the final two races of the New York Stallion Stakes Series.

He is targeting the Dec. 14 Great White Way for Jolting Joe, a 2-year-old colt by Mission Impazible who finished second in his debut Sept. 5 in a 12-horse maiden field at Kentucky Downs. Owned by Skychai Racing LLC, Jolting Joe qualifies for the NYSSS despite being foaled in Kentucky since Mission Impazible is one of 42 New York-based stallions with 2017 foals nominated to the stallion stakes program.

Maker has two in mind for the Fifth Avenue division for 2-year-old fillies on Dec. 15: Time Limit, a daughter of Bustin Stones, and A Freud of Mama, by New York’s perennial leading sire Freud. Time Limit and A Freud of Mama finished second and third, respectively, in their most recent start in the G3 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 5.

Both divisions of the NYSSS carry $500,000 purses, a dramatic increase from 2018 when they were valued at $150,000. The Stallion Stakes series of 10 races that began in April doubled purses from $1,150,000 to $2,300,000 in 2019.

“I’m getting quite a collection of New York-breds,” said Maker whose stable currently has three divisions, including 35 horses in New York.

A Freud of Mama, who exited the maiden ranks in her second start against New York-breds at Belmont on Sept. 13, is a homebred for William Butler. The Matron was her third start.

Time Limit won at first asking in front-running fashion at Belmont on June 23. After three stakes tries against state-breds, she set the pace in Matron, opening up two lengths at the furlong pole, then was caught at the wire by the Godolphin filly Alms.

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