Speedy Louisiana-bred No Parole ticketed for two-turn test

January 27, 2020 05:18pm
Speedy Louisiana-bred No Parole ticketed for two-turn test
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After Maggi Moss' emerging star Louisiana-bred colt began his career with two wins by a combined 27 1/2 lengths, trainer Tom Amoss expected to test No Parole around two turns and against open company.

Amoss is easing into that pledge by pointing No Parole next to Delta Downs’ $100,000 Louisiana Premier Night Prince run Feb. 8, he said Monday.

The Prince, which will stretch No Parole beyond six furlongs for the first time, was the choice over Fair Grounds’ Feb. 15 Risen Star (G2), a 2020 Kentucky Derby prep at 1 1/8 miles.

“That’s a tough transition,” Amoss said. “When you’re making that transition with a horse where you’re experimenting with the idea of going two turns, I think that’s a bit too much.”

No Parole emerged as one to watch out of his Dec. 15 debut at Fair Grounds, where he set the fractions and distanced to a 14 1/4-length victory over fellow state-bred maidens. Back Jan. 11 against winners, he won just as easily, this time with the margin of victory 13 1/4 lengths.

The performances registered Beyer Speed Figures of 90 and 87, respectively.

While No Parole wasn’t asked for much in either race by jockey James Graham, Amoss is “being careful about letting my mind drift” in regard to where No Parole could take him.

“It’s funny,” Amoss said. “When horses come around and run the kind of races that get you dreaming or get you thinking about what’s to come, if you train for any length of time — and I’m not talking about myself; I think I speak for everybody — you tend to temper everything. It’s a business of disappointment.”

No Parole was right back on the Fair Grounds work tab Jan. 20, breezing a half mile in 50 seconds.

“He looks good and he’s doing good,” Amoss said.

Moss purchased No Parole, who’s out of a Bluegrass Cat mare, for $75,000 as a Keeneland Yearling. If this colt fulfills the ultimate dream of going on to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, he’d be just the fourth Louisiana-bred in more than 50 years to do so following Real Dare (19th, 1982); Zarb’s Magic (13th 1996); and Vicar’s in Trouble (19th, 2004).

First, however, No Parole will have to pass that two-turn test.


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