Big Easy Trainer Has Another Shot with Roiland
Tom Amoss, a native of New Orleans with more then 50 graded stakes wins in over three decades, is still looking for a Louisiana Derby trophy. This year, Roiland carries his banner.
Not that his efforts have been totally in vain. In four of the past six runnings of the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, Amoss has been fourth or better, including Mylute in 2013 and Lone Sailor, who was beaten by a neck last year.
“It’s been so elusive,” Amoss said. “I’ve been the favorite in it (Mo Tom in 2016) and I’ve been beaten right on the wire twice. I’m not sure how I’d react, but I can tell you to do it in my hometown with my family would certainly be something that I would love to see happen.”
Roiland, with 10 Kentucky Derby points after running third at 69-1 in the Risen Star Stakes for owners James and Mary Durlacher, will break from the rail under James Graham in the field of 11. Amoss says he's OK with the post, but he hoped for more early speed in the race.
“I don’t mind getting the rail,” Amoss said. “I’m disappointed there’s not more pace, particularly when there’s more pace in other preps, but you play the hand you’re dealt, so it’s important to position him a little closer earlier. I don’t envision him being in a different zip code, which is where we were last time.”
By Dick Downey