Maker hop­ing to send a pair

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Big­ger Pic­ture is set to start in the $4 mil­lion Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 4 at Del Mar af­ter a 10-week break. Os­car Nom­i­nated may start in the BC Turf af­ter a break of less than three weeks.

The two horses may be on dif­fer­ent sched­ules, but trainer Mike Maker hopes to have both run­ners in the rich­est turf race in the United States, de­pend­ing on Os­car Nom­i­nated’s per­for­mance in the Grade 1 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional on Sun­day at Woodbine.

“Hope­fully, Mon­day I’ll have an an­swer,” he said.

Owned by Ken and Sarah Ram­sey, Os­car Nom­i­nated won the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 9, his only win in seven starts this year, all in graded stakes. The $800,000 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional will be Os­car Nom­i­nated’s first start in a Grade 1 since an eighth in the Ar­ling­ton Mil­lion on Aug. 12.

Big­ger Pic­ture, a 6-yearold geld­ing owned by Three Di­a­monds Farm, was third in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 26 in his lat­est start. Maker said he skipped the last round of stakes preps in late Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber with Big­ger Pic­ture by de­sign.

“He’s on top of his game,” Maker said. “We’ve had a lot of suc­cess run­ning fresh.”

The ev­i­dence was on dis­play July 1 when Big­ger Pic­ture won the Grade 1 United Na­tions Stakes at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Mon­mouth Park in his first start since a third-place fin­ish in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April.

Af­ter the U.N. Stakes, Big­ger Pic­ture was sec­ond by a neck in the Grade 2 Bowl­ing Green Stakes on July 29 at Saratoga be­fore the half-length de­feat to BC Turf can­di­date Sadler’s Joy in the $1 mil­lion Sword Dancer Stakes. Big­ger Pic­ture led in the fi­nal fur­long and was beaten a nose for sec­ond.

“He was un­lucky to lose the Sword Dancer,” Maker said.

Big­ger Pic­ture was claimed for $32,000 in Novem­ber 2015. Since then, he has won 6 of 14 starts and earned $818,550.

Last Satur­day, Big­ger Pic­ture breezed five fur­longs in 59 sec­onds at the Churchill Downs train­ing cen­ter. Maker said the strong work was a pleas­ant sur­prise.

“Af­ter his work – and he’s gen­er­ally a medi­ocre work horse – he’s got me pretty high on him,” Maker said.

Maker’s pair are among the lead­ing do­mes­tic hopes for the BC Turf, along with Beach Pa­trol and Fan­ci­ful An­gel, the first two fin­ish­ers in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Clas­sic on Sept. 30 at Belmont Park.

Maker, 49, is a fix­ture on the Kentucky cir­cuit and has won two races from 19 starters in Breeders’ Cup races. Fur­thest Land won the 2009 BC Dirt Mile at Santa Anita, Maker’s first win in a Grade 1.

Maker has had four run­ners in the BC Turf, with a six­th­place fin­ish by Da Big Hoss in 2015 the best re­sult. Next month, he could be bound for Cal­i­for­nia with two more hope­fuls.

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