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Blessed with a trio of graded stakes winners in 2018, coach Tom Amoss knew when it was time to take his foot off the fuel.
After transient freshenings, Truthful Grounds Oaks (G2) winner Chocolate Martini, Pocahontas Stakes (G2) victoress Serengeti Empress and Oklahoma Derby (G3) hero Lone Sailor all lately returned to Amoss’ New Orleans base.
Connections are pointing Lone Sailor towards the Grade 2, $400,000 New Orleans Handicap on March 23, whereas Serengeti Empress has her sights set on the Grade 2, $400,000 Truthful Grounds Oaks on the identical day. Chocolate Martini is more likely to make her 4-year-old debut at Oaklawn Park.
“They’re doing nice,” Amoss stated. “They’re in all probability wherever from a month to a month and a half away from operating. None of them had time without work for any issues. They’d time without work as a result of that they had a tough marketing campaign in 2018, and we’re relying on them to have an enormous marketing campaign in 2019, so we gave them a bit of relaxation.”
Each Lone Sailor and Serengeti Empress received their freshening at GoldMark Farm in Ocala, Fla.
“It’s the Ritz-Carlton over there,” Amoss stated. “Todd Quast runs the place and his assistant Lee (Guerrero) raised these horses. After I purchased them on the sale, notably Lone Sailor, they had been of their care after the sale and so they broke these horses so that they have a particular place of their coronary heart. We’re completely happy to have them there for vacationing.
“So far as Chocolate Martini goes, she spent her time at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky so she needed to maintain her winter coat on whereas the opposite two received to place some solar tan oil on.”
A daughter of Damaged Vow, Chocolate Martini was claimed by Amoss for $25,000 in February two begins earlier than her Truthful Grounds Oaks victory. She acquired extra black kind afterward within the 12 months with two third-place efforts within the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita and the Teaching Membership American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga.
Owned by G M B Racing, Lone Sailor positioned 4 occasions final 12 months towards graded stakes firm and was a participant within the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The son of Majestic Warrior completed a respective eighth and fifth within the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes behind Justify.
Amoss believes that Lone Sailor is displaying an enormous quantity of enchancment for the reason that starting of his sophomore marketing campaign.
“I feel his improvement is extra of what you see on paper than what you see bodily,” Amoss stated. “He’s all the time been a handsome horse and a bodily imposing horse. We’d prefer to suppose that mentally he’s catching as much as that. I feel the Oklahoma Derby was step one clearly operating sixth towards the best horses on the planet within the Breeders’ Cup Basic was one other step ahead. We expect that 2019 is his 12 months.”
Lone Sailor was bred in Kentucky by Alexander-Groves-Matz and was bought for $120,000 from Gainesway’s consignment operation on the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2016. He’s out of the Mr. Greeley broodmare Bold, whose dam Aldiza was a Grade I winner.
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