Trainer Tom Amoss Earns 2,000th Win
Updated: Friday, May 2, 2008 12:06 PM
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:55 PM
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Trainer Tom Amoss
Trainer Tom Amoss earned his 2,000th win on April 29 when he sent out Cat Splendor to victory in the fourth race at Churchill Downs.
Amoss, 46, a Louisville resident whose stable is based primarily in Kentucky and at Fair Grounds, began his training career in 1987, saddling his first winner, Prize Dream, at Sportsman's Park. The New Orleans native has won eight training titles at Fair Grounds. He has also been the training leader at Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs.
He won his first graded stakes in 1992 when Jarraar captured the New Orleans Handicap. He conditioned the multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold, a $2.3 million earner who won both the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park and the Go for Wand at Saratoga in 2000. Heritage of Gold ran third in back-to-back editions of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in 1999 and 2000. Other graded stakes winners have included Dernier Croise, Finally Here, Hattiesburg, Miss Lodi, No Jacket Required, Royal Spy, Rush Bay, Baghdaria and Williams News. He won the 2008 WinStar Derby with Liberty Bull.
In 2008, Amoss is ranked 15th nationally in purse earnings by Equibase at $1,716,539. He has 54 winners from 182 starters, a win rate of 30%.
Amoss lost his home in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit and he relocated to Louisville with his family -- wife Colleen and daughters Ashley and Hayley. In addition to training, Amoss is a commentator on TVG.
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