The son of Michigan-based trainer George Maker has been around the racing business his entire life. He bought his first horse when he was 13 with money he earned from working for his father and delivering newspapers. The horse won his first start. Maker spent 10 years working for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas before opening his own stable in 2003.
During his time with Lukas, he handled a number of standouts, including Cat Thief, Cash Run, Spain, Orientate, Surfside and the 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Based in Louisville, Ky., Maker has been the leading trainer at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Turfway Park. Hansen is on a long list of stakes winners prepared by Maker that features Blue Grass winner Stately Victor, Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Furthest Land and Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Derby Kitten.