By Bill Finley
Though Tom Amoss was extremely upset with jockey Corey Lanerie after Saturday’s GII Louisiana Derby, in which Mo Tom (Uncle Mo) found himself in a world of trouble, the trainer said Tuesday that he has no intention of replacing Lanerie.
“Corey is our rider; we’re not making any change,” he said.
After enduring a similarly rough trip under Lanerie when third in the GII Risen Star S. Feb. 20, the GIII LeComte S. winner was forced to check hard twice when making an inside run in the stretch of the Louisiana Derby, and could do no better than fourth. Amoss was so upset with Lanerie that he took him off his assignment on his Our Lady Allie (Private Vow) two races later in the Crescent City Oaks. With James Graham aboard, she won that race. Amoss also chastised the jockey right after the Louisiana Derby. The conditioner later apologized for his outburst.
When asked if he had anything further to say about the Louisiana Derby ride, Amoss replied: “It’s one of those things I’d rather forget.”
Lanerie also rides GI Kentucky Derby contenders Brody’s Cause (Giant’s Causeway) and Cherry Wine (Paddy O’Prado).