Amoss, Moss take top honors in trainer and owner categories
Tom Amoss pulled in his fifth leading trainer title in six years and his primary owner, Maggi Moss, also recorded her second leading owner title for the 120-day racing meet at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, Oct. 29. Amoss completed the 2016 season with 41 wins and purses in excess of $850,000 while horses owned by Moss won 33 races, accumulating purse earnings of more than $600,000.
A native of New Orleans, Amoss rewrote the record books in 2013. He set new records for most wins in one season by a trainer (81) and most purse money earned by a trainer ($1,548,715). His success goes way beyond Indiana as he maintains several strings of horses all across the United States during the year and recorded his first Triple Crown top three finish when his horse, Mylute, finished third in the 2013 Preakness.
Amoss, who could not be in attendance, sent the following statement regarding his 2016 racing season at Indiana Grand, “I wish I could be at Indiana Grand to accept this prestigious honor on behalf of my staff, owners and most importantly, the athletes. Unfortunately, my contractual obligations with TVG do not make that possible, but I want to thank Rod Ratcliff and his staff for showing the rest of the nation how to run a racetrack. Racing comes first at Indiana Grand and we are proud to be a part of it. Most importantly, I want to thank the best racing fans in the world. You guys make racing fun for all of us. We will see you next spring. Thank you.”
Shane Jolivette, longtime assistant trainer for Amoss, accepted the award on behalf of Amoss and Moss from Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing as well as Kevin Greely, director of racing.
Amoss has more than 3,300 career wins and celebrated his 3,000th win at Indiana Grand in 2014. A lot of those wins have been for owner Maggi Moss, an attorney from the Des Moines, Iowa area.
Moss earned her second leading owner title at Indiana Grand in 2016. The multiple Graded Stakes winning owner has been among the nation’s top 25 Thoroughbred owners by wins and earnings since 2009. With more than 2,100 career wins herself as an owner, she made her first trip to Indiana Grand this past July to watch her standout, Pilot House, compete in the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby.
“Having raced at tracks throughout the U.S., Indiana Grand is one of my favorites,” said Moss. “It’s management and personnel there truly care. It’s a gem of a racetrack and after a sabbatical in 2015, it was so great to be back and be leading owner.”
Racing dates for 2017 will be approved and announced soon by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.