Maker’s 46 Mile Betting Guide

Some of the most talented older horses in training will be in action this weekend, as the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes takes place. Fans of the sport will be familiar with many of the runners involved in the contest, but which of them has the best chance of claiming success?

Event Details

The Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes is a Grade 1 contest, which is open to horses that are at least four years old. This race is run on turf and will see runners race across a distance of one mile.


There is a prize purse of $300,000 up for grabs for the event at Keeneland Race Course, and a talented field will be going to post.

Maker’s 46 Mile Predictions

Some famous horses have won the Grade 1 Maker’s Mile Stakes in the past, and a number of regarded runners will be looking to join that roll of honor. Below you will see the horses that will be lining up for the 2021 renewal:


  • Get Smokin

  • Hit The Road

  • Somelikeitbrown

  • Sacred Life

  • Darain

  • Ride A Comet

  • Flying Scotsman

  • Raging Bull

  • Field Pass


It’s fair to say that every horse lining up for the Maker’s Mile Stakes this weekend has a chance. Darain for trainer Brad Cox could be one of the outstanding selections in the race this weekend. The four-year-old made his reappearance in January, as he finished second behind Two Emmys in the Allowance Optional Claiming Race at Fair Grounds. The horse was previously trained by John Gosden, which means the majority of his runs prior to this weekend have come in the United Kingdom.


His best form came back in 2020, as he picked up big wins at Newbury and Newmarket. His first success came in the Oakley Coachbuilders Super Sport Novice Stakes at Newbury. Darain’s final run in the United Kingdom came in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket, where he finished six and three-quarter lengths behind Lady Wannabe.


Ride A Comet will be a popular selection with gamblers this weekend. The Mark Casse-trained six-year-old returned to the track after a 775-day break last year and claimed three straight wins. Two of those wins came at Woodbine, which included the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes. His 2021 campaign got off to the best possible start with Grade 3 success in the Tropical Turf Stakes.


Flying Scotsman was also involved in that race but finished back in fifth. Raging Bull and Field Pass will also be decent-priced selections. Field Pass for trainer Michael Maker had a busy 2020, as the four-year-old was on track nine times. His most recent win came in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby on the all-weather at Woodbine.


There are doubts surrounding whether a mile is the right trip for Somelikeitbrown, while Sacred Life is a real contender with Javier Castellano back onboard. The duo teamed up to finish second in the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap in November 2019. Hit The Road has been in excellent form this season and is two-from-two after returning from a 433-day break. The four-year-old recently won the Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Mile Stakes.

Maker’s 46 Mile Information

The Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes has been a prominent part of the racing calendar since being introduced in 1989. It has been known under a number of different names since its inception, with the first race being run as the Fort Harrod Stakes. The distance on that inaugural affair was also slightly longer, as it was competed over 1 1/16 miles.


The one-mile distance was introduced the following year. It wasn’t until 2010 when the race was named what it is today. It has changed in classification throughout its history, with the race initially having Grade 3 status in 1991. The race was upgraded to Grade 2 in 2000 before it became a Grade 1 race in 2008.


Perfect Soul’s win in 2004 remains the quickest time record at the Maker’s Mile Stakes, as he finished in a time of 1:33.54. However, it was Get Stormy’s success in 2011 that was the biggest winning margin, as he won by two and three-quarter lengths.


Wise Dan and Kip Deville are the only horses to have won a Grade 1 on two occasions. Meanwhile, Todd Pletcher, Charles LoPresti, and Richard E. Dutrow Jr are among five trainers that have won the race on two occasions.

How to Bet on the Maker’s 46 Mile

The Maker’s Mile Stakes will be a popular betting race. There will be a number of different markets available to bettors for the renewal this weekend, and these are some of the bets that you can make.


  • Win: Gamblers will be able to bet on the horse that they think will win the race. Returns will be awarded should the selection cross the line first.

  • Place: It is set to be a competitive renewal, so gamblers may be tempted by the place market. Returns will be awarded should the selection finish in the first two.

  • Exacta: Bets can be placed on the first two horses past the post. To get returns, the horses that cross the line in first and second must be in the correct order.