05/29/2012 5:10PM

Churchill Downs: Furthest Land returning

Benoit & Associates
Furthest Land, with Julien Leparoux riding, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in 2009.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Furthest Land, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile over the then-synthetic track at Santa Anita, will make his first start in more than a year when he will be part of a well-matched field in the seventh race Thursday at Churchill Downs, a $70,100 allowance scheduled for a mile on turf.

Furthest Land has earnings of $915,604, and his goal-oriented owner, Ken Ramsey, would like to hit the seven-figure mark with him if possible.

“He’s an 8-year-old gelding, and if he stays sound and happy, there’s no reason not to keep him in training,” said trainer Mike Maker. “He hadn’t really been himself, so last summer we turned him out for a while. I brought him back at Turfway Park sometime in February and then moved him over to Trackside after we got back from Florida. The old guy’s acting like he wants to go again.”

Furthest Land has had nine works at the Trackside training center since mid-March.