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Tom Amoss

Trainer

Tom Amoss was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he began working with horses while attending high school for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Marketing, Tom found himself back with the horses working as an assistant for Frank Brothers. Since getting his trainer’s license in 1987, Tom has won over 2,500 races including the Apple Blossom (G1), Go for Wand Handicap (G1), and Lecomte Stakes (G3).  

Rosie Napravnik

Jockey

Rosie hails from a strong horse background. Her father is a farrier and her mother a show horse trainer. She began riding ponies at age 2 and by the time she was 7 knew she wanted to be a jockey. She began riding races in 2005 and has already won more than 1500 races, 3 consecutive riding titles at The Fairgrounds Racecourse, and ridden an undefeated Eclipse Champion in Shanghai Bobby. She became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 aboard Believe You Can. In 2011 she rode Pants on Fire in the Kentucky Derby to a 9th place finish, the best by a female jockey to date. She has won additional riding titles at Laurel Park and Pimlico. Other top horses she has ridden include Mark Valeski, Palace Malice and Joyful Victory.

GoldMark Farm, LLC. and Whisper Hills Farm

Owner

T. Paul Bulmahn is an entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who grew up with a passion for horses.  As an entrepreneur in four diverse industries: oil and gas offshore development, large animal training, alternative energy sources and media production, Mr. Bulmahn has utilized ingenuity and innovation to build businesses internationally . He founded ATP Oil & Gas Company in 1991 and took it public in 2001. In 2006, he opened GoldMark Farm in Ocala, Florida as a thoroughbred training center.  A principal in Planet Green Solutions, Inc.,  Mr. Bulmahn is developing a biomass reactor to generate electricity.   Mr. Bulmahn is an avid supporter of causes to advance the horse racing industry and as such has founded GoldMark Media Ventures LLC to communicate and educate about everything equine. Amanda "Mandy" Pope races under her farm name of Whisper Hill Farm which is located in Florida. Mandy grew up riding hunters and jumpers and her interest in race horses began when she moved to Florida in 1980. Mandy has been very active at the sales recently aquiring Horse of the Year Havre De Grace and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty to add to her strong broodmare band which she keeps in Kentucky. The young horses are raised at her Whisper Hill Farm which is also home to many retired thoroughbreds.

Pedigree

A cursory glance at his pedigree would write Mylute off as a sprinter. But he's clearly improved around two turns, suggesting that something more is going on than meets the eye: his sire Midnight Lute is transmitting more than just speed.

Midnight Lute ended up being a champion sprinter, but his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert always thought that he was much more. Baffert pegged the son of Triple Crown near-misser Real Quiet as a potential Derby horse, and later, mentioned such prestigious 1 1/4-mile races as the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup as potential targets. But Midnight Lute kept suffering from various setbacks that limited his number, and types, of starts. Baffert nursed him through to back-to-back victories in the Breeders' Cup Sprint while hailing him as "the perfect Thoroughbred," and the best horse he'd ever trained.

Given that background, it wouldn't be a surprise if Midnight Lute passed on his raw talent, and something of Real Quiet's stamina, to progeny who might not have the physical issues that compromised his own career. His first crop just turned three, so they will put this hypothesis to the test. Midnight Lute's other early headliners include Sunland Derby record-setter Govenor Charlie; San Vicente winner Shakin It Up; and unbeaten Kentucky Oaks contender Midnight Lucky.

Mylute is a half-brother to the pure sprinter She Digs Me, who won the Sapling and Tyro as a juvenile. They were both produced by Stage Stop, a stakes-winning sprinter/miler, and a full sister to another stakes-winning sprinter in Valid Move.

Stage Stop is by Valid Expectations, a classy sprinter who carried his speed to an impressive win in the 1996 Derby Trial at a mile. His best son, Saratoga County, had a very similar profile, and Valid Expectations' daughters are likewise transmitting speed.

Yet Mylute could be inheriting some routing ability from his granddam, Winning Move, a stakes-winning daughter of 1991 Kentucky Derby hero and Belmont Stakes runner-up Strike the Gold.

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