LEWIS | Amoss aims to bring Crescent City flair to Derby City
Lone Sailor trainer Tom Amoss is hoping to put New Orleans on the horse racing map (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Lone Sailor trainer Tom Amoss is a New Orleans native who is hoping to add some Big Easy flavor to the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle.
His Louisiana Derby runner-up is owned by the Benson family, who also owns the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints.
“The Pelicans are in the playoffs…(the family) has a horse in the Derby, the Saints are on the uprise, so there’s really a lot of good things going on,” Amoss said after watching Lone Sailor gallop Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Amoss is set to saddle the sixth Derby horse of his career. He has yet to reach that Winner’s Circle, but the 56-year-old trainer has had dreams of that happening before he even had a racing license.
“While other kids were dreaming about throwing the winning pass in the Super Bowl, I always wanted to win the Kentucky Derby,” Amoss said.
To do so, he is hoping the horse that has yet to win in four graded starts can get a dream trip in Derby 144.
“(He’s) a horse that can come from behind. My history in watching the Kentucky Derby is (seeing) very, very few horses that come from behind and have unimpeded trips. The last horse I can remember like that was Mine That Bird. We need a Mine That Bird trip,” Amoss said with a smile.
Amoss will also saddle Fair Grounds Oaks winner Chocolate Martini in the Kentucky Oaks, as he tries to become the first trainer since 1952 to win the Oaks and Derby in the same year.
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