Mylute at Pimlico on May 16.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2515977748&k=XS9vvbC">Order This Photo</a>

Mylute at Pimlico on May 16.
Order This Photo

Anne M. Eberhardt

Amoss, Mylute Separating Until Saturday

Trainer to attend daughter's graduation at LSU as Preakness entrant ships to Pimlico.

Trainer Tom Amoss and his gray colt Mylute went in different directions May 16 in their respective journeys from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course.

Amoss headed south to his home state to attend the graduation of his daughter, Ashley, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was flown from Louisville, Ky., to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

The college graduation season and the Triple Crown often produce personal and professional conflicts. For Amoss and Mylute, the schedule of events has worked out nicely. Amoss will be able to handle all of his commitments and still be at Pimlico in plenty of time to saddle the colt May 18 for the 138th Preakness, which has a post time of 6:20 p.m. EDT. 

The 280th LSU commencement will be held Thursday afternoon and Ashley's diploma ceremony at the Manship School of Mass Communication is on Friday afternoon. The Amoss family will celebrate the graduation that evening and Amoss, his wife, Colleen, Ashley, and younger daughter, Hayley, will fly from New Orleans to Baltimore-Washington International Airport Saturday morning.

"Although the Preakness is something I'm very proud of in terms of my professional life, nothing makes me prouder on a personal level than my daughter graduating from college," he said. "That comes first.''

Todd Quast, the general manager and trainer at GoldMark Farm, which co-owns Mylute with Whisper Hill Farm, works closely with Amoss and is at Pimlico with Amoss' staff.

"Tom ships horses all around," Quast said. "This is obviously a bigger race than most that you ship off to, but his crew is very comfortable with that."

Quast said there never was a question about how Amoss would handle the schedule this week. 

"Family is first," he said. "His daughter is graduating from LSU. He graduated from LSU. His wife graduated from LSU. I think he would have been disowned if he wouldn't have gone.

"And this horse is so relaxed, so easy going, that it was really a non-issue. I told him, 'Go. We're fine.' "

Quast said that Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary  in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), was calm throughout the trip from Kentucky and has settled in at Pimlico, the seventh track he will race over in his 11-month career.

"He handled it; didn't turn a hair," Quast said. "There were horses that came off a little hotter, a little sweatier. If he did, it would be a big thing because he is so laid back. He is the consummate professional horse. His demeanor off the track is what you would want. He eats, sleeps, and nothing bothers him. It's a perfect type of situation."

The son of Midnight Lute  went to the track with exercise rider Maurice Sanchez at 6 a.m. Thursday to jog a mile and gallop 1 1/4 miles.

"He handled it very, very well," Quast said. "He's very seasoned and very relaxed wherever he goes. He handled it super, had good energy, came off the track good, and cooled out good."

Rated second in the morning line at 5-1, Mylute, who drew the No. 5 post position, will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. The multiple graded stakes-placed colt has won two of 10 starts with three seconds and two thirds, earning $477,770.