Heart To Heart Attempts Third Maker’s 46 Mile
Keeneland Press Release
On Friday, Terry Hamilton’s millionaire Heart to Heart will make his third bid at the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) after finishing second in the last two editions of the race. The 7-year-old son of English Channel, trained by Brian Lynch, is a 10-time graded stakes winner who enters the Maker’s 46 Mile following his first Grade 1 victory in the Feb. 10 Gulfstream Park Turf.
In the 2016 Maker’s 46 Mile, Heart to Heart finished 1¼ lengths behind Miss Temple City. In 2017, he was a neck behind American Patriot. Heart to Heart, with Julien Leparoux aboard, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for this year’s Maker’s 46 Mile, which drew a 10-horse field.
“It’s a very competitive field,” Lynch said. “But he’s training very well going into it, so we’re quietly confident.”
The Maker’s 46 Mile will mark Heart to Heart’s seventh start at Keeneland. During the 2017 Fall Meet, he finished second by a half-length to Suedois (FR) in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), and he won an allowance here during the 2014 Spring Meet.
Now in his sixth season of racing, Heart to Heart has 14 wins from 34 starts and has earned $1,737,290.
“We space his races and he tells us when he’s ready and when he’s not,” Lynch said. “He’s been a lovely, sound horse throughout his career, so we’ve been blessed with that. He’s just a horse that with racing and time and maturity seems to have gotten better and better.”
Lynch describes Heart to Heart as a “cool sitter and a go-getter,” referring to the horse’s calm and collected nature and consistent talent on the race track.
“He doesn’t worry a bit. He (doesn’t really act like a) colt,” the trainer said. “For a full horse, he’s a very kind horse to be around. He’s very unassuming; you wouldn’t even know he’s in the barn.”
Lynch said at this point in Heart to Heart’s career, retirement does not appear immenent.
“While he’s still happy and sound and competitive at that level,” he said, “we’ll continue to race him.”
Arriving at Keeneland Tuesday for the Maker’s 46 Mile was Green Lantern Stables’ homebred Frostmourne for trainer Christophe Clement.
A two-time graded stakes winner in 2017, Frostmourne was given time off following a fourth-place finish in the Hill Prince (G3) in October at Belmont Park. He resurfaced with an allowance win at Gulfstream Park on March 16.
“It is great to have them come back the right way,” Clement said of the victory going a mile. “He settled nicely and got a great ride from Irad (Ortiz Jr.). The timing was just right for this race.”