Round 2 for Maker’s Mark Mile Runners

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By Emily Shields

Four of the top five finishers in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Sant Anita in May – including winner Raging Bull (Fr) – will meet again in the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Friday afternoon. The one-mile turf race goes as the eighth on a nine-race program, with the $100,000 Beaumont Stakes (G3) a co-feature.

Raging Bull has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the race after winning the Shoemaker Mile May 25. The son of Dark Angel (Ire) is one of two Chad Brown runners in the field, and is already a winner over this course after having broken his maiden here in 2018. Joel Rosario will ride Raging Bull, who was third in the last year’s Woodbine Mile (G1) and second in the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga. He was fourth in this race last year.

Second in the Shoemaker Mile was Next Shares, who is 8-1 morning line despite being a Grade 1 winner on the course. He won Keeneland’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in 2018 by more than three lengths, and has since been a frustrating sort. He has wins in the Grade 2 San Gabriel and Grade 2 Seabiscuit, and missed by just a neck in the Frank E Kilroe (G1) in March, but has been 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and 12th and last in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. Richard Baltas trains the son of Archarchard; John Velazquez will ride.

Without Parole (GB) was third in the Shoemaker and is the second choice at 5 – 2. The son of Frankel (GB) is Brown’s second entrant in the race. He was third in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) behind fillies Uni and Got Stormy, then moved from the barn of John Gosden to Chad Brown. He ran very poorly as the favorite in the Pegasus.

Fifth in the Shoemaker Mile was 2019 Preakness Stakes winner War of Will. The son of War Front takes blinkers off for this, and still seeks his first win since that Preakness. The Mark Casse-trainee was third in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) but ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) before his turf return, where he was disqualified to sixth. He was a Grade 1 placed runner on the grass as a juvenile. Tyler Gaffalione gets back aboard.

English Bee (10-1) rounds out the top choices. Graham Motion trains the four-year-old son of English Channel, who was second by just a neck in the Wise Dan (G2) at Churchill Downs last out. That was his best lifetime speed figure to gate, but he is a Grade 3 winner and multiple stakes winner, including three of seven at the distance.

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