Om Ventures East For Maker’s 46 Mile
Keeneland Press Release
It has been 12 years since trainer Dan Hendricks has been in Kentucky, that coming on Derby Day 2006 when he saddled Brother Derek to finish in a dead-heat for fourth behind Barbaro in the Run for the Roses.
What brings Hendricks to Kentucky this time is the Sareen Family Trust’s Om, one of the favorites for Friday’s 30th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).
“I have nominated horses (in the East) before and I will ship anywhere as long as the horse fits,” Hendricks said. “But there has been rain or logistical issues that prevented us from running.”
The lure of the Maker’s 46 Mile was twofold.
“We got an early start this year and the timing of this race was good for May,” Hendricks said referring to races at Churchill Downs in early May or Santa Anita in late May. “Plus, this is a very prestigious race.”
Om comes into Friday’s race off a sixth-place finish in the Frank E. Kilroe (G1) at Santa Anita on March 10. Prior to that, Om ended a 12-race losing streak that spanned more than two years by winning the Thunder Road (G3).
“We never lost confidence in him,” Hendricks said. “He was running second and third and in some of those, circumstances not always went his way.”
Om finished second or third in eight of those races, 11 of which were graded. The toughest beat came in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, where he came up a nose short of catching Obviously (IRE) at the wire.
The millionaire will be ridden Friday by Flavien Prat, who was aboard for the Thunder Road win.