Oscar Nominated, Enterprising to Woodbine for Canadian International

October 07, 2017 10:27am
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Photo: Reed Palmer/Kentucky Downs

Trainer Michael Maker launched a pair of highly successful invasions of Woodbine last year as he sent out Sir Dudley Digges to win the $1 million Queen’s Plate and Al’s Gal to take the $1 million E.P. Taylor for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
On Sunday, Maker will be looking to add a Canadian International to his portfolio when he sends out Oscar Nominated and Enterprising.
Oscar Nominated, claimed for $75,000 as a two-year-old, is the latest Maker success story to be acquired via that route, joining several including Bigger Picture (who is bound for this year’s Breeders’ Cup) and Da Big Hoss.
In 18 starts for Maker, Oscar Nominated has recorded four stakes wins and earned more than $1 million and is coming off a game win over fellow Canadian International candidate Postulation in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf over 1 1/2 miles at Kentucky Downs.
Oscar Nominated was ending an eight-race drought that day, which included three seconds and a pair of third-place finishes.
“We were looking to keep him a little further off the pace,” said Maker, believing that the four-year-old’s form had been compromised on several occasions by racing too close to the front end, including his eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.
With Julien Leparoux taking over at Kentucky Downs, Oscar Nominated got the kind of trip Maker had been wanting.
Enterprising also competed in the Kentucky Cup Turf, finishing ninth.
“It was kind of a soft turf course that day, and he didn’t care for it,” said Maker.
Purchased privately last year by Sidney Karmia for his Maxis Stable, Enterprising has been a very pleasant surprise since joining Maker’s outfit with three stakes wins including a Grade 2 and Grade 3 at Fair Grounds this winter.
Enterprising also ran in the Arlington Million, finishing a closing fourth at 80-1.
“He was unlucky to lose the Million, I thought,” said Maker, noting that Enterprising had rallied inside while in tight quarters.
Leparoux retains the mount on Oscar Nominated with Woodbine-based Rafael Hernandez getting the call on Enterprising.
Maker and the Ramseys also will be seeking a repeat in Sunday’s E.P. Taylor with their hopeful this year being Kitten’s Roar.
Transferred to Maker from trainer Chad Brown last year, Kitten’s Roar is coming off a fitting victory in the $330,000 Ramsey Farm Stakes at Kentucky Downs.
“She’s been a great filly,” said Maker. “She’s been on a steady upward swing. We’ve been looking at this race since the summer.”
Jose Ortiz will return aboard Kitten’s Roar and also has the mount on Gorgeous Kitten for the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby, the 1 1/8 mile race for three-year-olds which is part of the Canadian International undercard.
Gorgeous Kitten, owned by the Ramseys, has made his last five starts on turf, including second-place finishes in two Grade 3 turf stakes at Arlington.
“He’s had some good races on the synthetic," added Maker, noting that Gorgeous Kitten broke his maiden over one mile of Turfway’s Polytrack this spring and finished third there in the 1 1/16 mile Rushaway Stakes. 

Source: Woodbine Communications Office


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