Amoss pulls double duty at LSU, Pimlico

Mylute trainer Tom Amoss and the gray colt went in different directions Wednesday in their respective journeys from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course.

Amoss headed home to Louisiana to attend the graduation of his daughter, Ashley, from LSU, while the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby was flown from Louisville, Ky., to Baltimore for the Preakness.

The college graduation season and the Triple Crown often produce personal and professional conflicts. For Amoss and Mylute, the schedule of events has worked out nicely. Amoss will be able to handle all of his commitments and still be at Pimlico in plenty of time to saddle the colt for the 138th Preakness, which has a post time of 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

LSU’s main commencement ceremony was Thursday afternoon, and Ashley’s diploma ceremony at the Manship School of Mass Communication is Friday afternoon.

The Amoss family will celebrate the graduation Friday night, and Amoss, along with wife Colleen, Ashley and younger daughter Hayley, will fly from New Orleans to Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Saturday morning.

“Although the Preakness is something I’m very proud of in terms of my professional life, nothing makes me prouder on a personal level than my daughter graduating from college,” Amoss said. “That comes first.”

Todd Quast, the general manager and trainer at GoldMark Farm, which co-owns the colt with Whisper Hill Farm, said there never was a question about how Amoss would handle the schedule this week.

“Family is first,” Quast said. “His daughter is graduating from LSU. He graduated from LSU. His wife graduated from LSU. I think he would have been disowned if he wouldn’t have gone.

“And this horse is so relaxed, so easy going, that it was really a non-issue. I told him, ‘Go. We’re fine.’ ”