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Breeders' Cup 2017

Amoss Likes Shared Property, Always Here Too

Arlington Park.

The 76th renewals of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity and Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie – Chicago’s twin traditional events for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds – will both be contested this Saturday at Arlington and both have attracted juveniles with unusually spirited potential.

 

One of four trainers with horses entered in both the Futurity and the Lassie – but the only one shipping in with Kentucky-based contestants for both stakes – is Tom Amoss, formerly a major presence at Arlington but one who has not kept a local string here in recent seasons.

 

Amoss, a 49-year-old native of New Orleans, Louisiana, who has won eight training titles at Fair Grounds, spoke about Jerry Namy’s Futurity contestant Shared Property and Pop-A-Top LLC’s Lassie runner Always Here Too when reached by phone in Kentucky Wednesday during Arlington’s training hours.

 

“I’ve always liked (Shared Property),” said Amoss of his Scat Daddy gelding who won the only start of his career by four lengths at Ellis Park on July 30.  “In fact, I had enough confidence in him that in that Ellis Park race that I told the jockey (Leandro Goncalves) to take him back at the start, and I never give instructions like that.

 

“Shared Property is owned by Jerry Nemy, who is in the oil business and lives in Dallas,” Amoss said.  “Jerry is an actively involved owner who enjoys his horses very much, and his stable is likely to expand rapidly if this horse is as good as I think he is.

 

“I expect Always Here Too is going to turn out to be a nice filly as well,” said Amoss.  “She broke her maiden impressively in her last start at Ellis (by 3 3/4-lengths on July 31) but I thought her race before that at Churchill was a good one, too.  She had a tough trip that day but she never gave up and was coming on at the end.  Pop-A-Top is the stable name for Paul Blake and his wife Shirley, and their daughter is involved as well.

 

“These races Saturday are the ones we have been pointing toward all along,” said Amoss.  “Of course, both horses will be running over a different surface this time and both will be asked to go another quarter of a mile, but both have shown that great combination of tactical speed and the ability to rate so I don’t think the added distance will be a problem for either of them.”

 

 

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