Q & A / Thom Amoss

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 26, 2012 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

Thomas  M. Amoss

Born – November, 17, 1961 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Began working in Thoroughbred racing in 1976, and took out his trainer’s license in 1987

 

Question:

Thom, what do you feel was one of your most instrumental preparations in becoming a professional trainer ?

Answer:

That would be the time I spent as a veterinarian assistant in Louisiana. I had first hand opportunities to diagnose, and detect any issues that may be an issue in the shed row. For trainers to have the first hand experience of understanding the Thoroughbred physically allows for better care and understanding.

Q:

What are some of the special qualities of Team Amoss ?

A:

I feel that we have a great team atmosphere. There are not many turn-overs as far as assistants, and this is a great source of pride for our operation. We really take our time addressing the needs of each individual horse.

Q:

Do you have any runners that fit your barn such as babies, turfers, horses coming off the claim ?

A:

We have had some solid success with our two-year-old runners. We like to pride our operation on approaching the horse on an individual basis. There are no “special” types of runners that our operation seeks, as we enjoy working with the unique individual animal.

Q:

What do you enjoy away from the track ?

A:

I have two daughters in college, and they are entering their Sophomore and Senior year. I have enjoyed being a part of whatever activity they have been interested. For me, I enjoy music, reading, and have been an avid student of the stock market. Investing has been a growing interest of mine, and learning about the world economy has been helpful in my planning.

Q:

As a TV analyst, do you enjoy educating and informing the fans of racing ?

A:

Yes,  –  It is a great deal of work preparing. I like to dissect the workouts, and translate them to fans. I want them to know why a 102 flat may be suited for today, or could it be in preparation for bigger things down the road. Definitely a part-time job, but one that I really enjoy.

Q:

You have many riders that you use around the country. Are there any jockeys that catch your eye as an upcoming star ?

A:

Yes. – That would be Leandro Goncalves. He is a student of the game with great potential. He has the right attitude, and wants to constantly improve. Leandro is a dedicated worker, and with his work ethic, it will only be a matter of time before he takes his game to another level.

Q:

Where do you see the sport of racing in the next ten years ?

A:

I am very nervous where things are going. With the handle declines that effect the overall sport, and the grass-roots medication efforts. I am really worried, especially about the elimination of lasix.  There are trainers who want to treat the ailments of the equine athlete, and by taking away a medication that allows a conditioner to properly treat their runners is a huge mistake.

Q:

You were born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Your favorite track is the Fair Grounds. So, when you are in N.O., where is your favorite restaurant ?

A:

My favorite would be Clancey’s. It is top-notch, and definitely at the top of my list.

 

As a fan of racing for over 25-years. This was a unique opportunity for me. Thom Amoss is a man who speaks his mind, and doesn’t mince words. He has a passion for the sport, and will work to better the game. I would keep him on your radar screen as he puts his horses first, and gives credit to his staff.  You can catch him in the paddock, TV, or enjoying his role as a father. For me, I will be watching for him in the winner’s circle.

 

 

One Response to “Q & A / Thom Amoss”

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