(Trainer Tom Amoss / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
We chatted with trainer Tom Amoss a couple of times last week, and had him on “The Pressbox” podcast show. Every time we talked, you sensed a feeling that he may be sitting on a good meet. You got the inkling that he may have some horses ready to run. You certainly got the idea that he was looking forward to Churchill Downs opening back up.
And, with good reason.
After the first week, Tom Amoss — one of the most talented and gifted trainers in the game today — has jumped out to a quick lead in the Trainer Standings at this year’s short and sweet meet. So far, he has started just five horses. And, so far, so good. Of the five to get the saddle, three of them have won — including the ultra impressive Serengetti Empress, who galloped home nearly 20 lengths in front in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes under the Twin Spires last Saturday.
Not a bad few days.
To put it in perspective, trainer Steve Asmussen has started 23 horses so far this meet and has 2 winners. Brad Cox, another perennial leader here, has started 11 horses so far and has 2 winners. The only other trainer with 2 winners so far is Victoria Oliver, who has started only 3 horses.
Not a bad few days.
Here’s a closer look at the top 25 trainers so far this meet:
|1||Thomas M. Amoss||5||—||3||0||0||$159,624||60%||60%|
|2||Steven M. Asmussen||23||—||2||4||1||$153,398||9%||30%|
|3||Kenneth G. McPeek||8||—||1||0||3||$120,615||13%||50%|
|4||Brad H. Cox||11||—||2||1||3||$110,583||18%||55%|
|5||Ian R. Wilkes||9||—||1||2||3||$78,434||11%||67%|
|6||Victoria H. Oliver||3||—||2||0||1||$72,800||67%||100%|
|7||Ignacio Correas, IV||3||—||1||1||0||$70,245||33%||67%|
|8||J. Larry Jones||4||—||1||2||0||$69,600||25%||75%|
|9||Dale L. Romans||6||—||1||2||0||$55,939||17%||50%|
|10||Neil J. Howard||3||—||1||0||0||$40,740||33%||33%|
|11||Doug F. O’Neill||1||—||0||1||0||$37,600||0%||100%|
|14||George R. Arnold, II||4||—||1||0||0||$35,002||25%||25%|
|16||Norm W. Casse||3||—||1||0||0||$33,865||33%||33%|
|19||Gregory D. Foley||7||—||1||2||0||$30,460||14%||43%|
|20||Brendan P. Walsh||5||—||0||0||4||$27,850||0%||80%|
|21||Chris A. Hartman||5||—||1||1||0||$25,980||20%||40%|
|22||William B. Van Meter||3||—||1||0||0||$23,477||33%||33%|
|25||Michael J. Maker||4||—||0||1||0||$17,090||0%||25%|
(Data Courtesy of Equibase)