Hoosier Philly Fires Bullet in First Work Since Freshening

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●       Amoss discusses his stand-out 3-year-olds, Hoosier Philly and Curly Jack

New Orleans, La (Jan 28, 2023) – On Saturday morning, Hoosier Philly put in her first workout since returning to the Tom Amoss Barn. The perfect 3-for-3 phenom continued her impressive ways, firing a :47.40 bullet–the fastest of 102 going four furlongs.

“There were a few things that are important to note,” Amoss said. “The work was designed to be an easy ask, and that is exactly how she worked, despite the work looking really quick as a final time. You have to put that into perspective because she has a very high cruising speed. It was very, very similar to how she worked as a 2-year-old before we gave her time off, so we were happy with that.”

Amoss and Fair Grounds’ clocker Mike Diliberto timed Hoosier Philly at five furlongs in 1:00 flat. The Into Mischief filly by the Tapit dam Tapella had her regular jockey Edgar Morales on board for her drill this morning.

“She was well within herself and made it look easy,” clocker Mike Diliberto said. “It looked like she was loping along, and then you looked at the time and it was like ‘wow.’”

Owned by Gold Standard Racing Stable and bred by Candy Meadows in Kentucky, Hoosier Philly earned ten points towards the Kentucky Oaks with her Golden Rod (G2) romp at Churchill Downs in November. Prior to that she won the Rags to Riches Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths. She is currently in tenth place in the Oaks standings.

“I really like how enthusiastic she has been in her training over this past week,” Amoss said. “That’s always been her way in the past. When she first came in, it probably took her a little bit of time to get reacquainted with the race track and what her job is, but she’s been doing great. It’s worth noting that she wore four bandages today for her work, and we’ll likely do that for the next time she works as well, but it’s totally precautionary, and I doubt we do that for the race. We’re just taking a lot of precautions with her.”

Amoss has another 3-year-old standout in his barn, Curly Jack. The Iroquois (G3) winner has already earned 17 points toward the Kentucky Derby.

“He’s doing super,” Amoss said. “(Curly Jack and Hoosier Philly) are different horses in regards to how you train them. Hoosier Philly is not going to need as much as Curly Jack will need to get ready to run. And you saw that today with her gallop out that was very strong past the wire. Curly Jack will come back likely mid-next week and we’ll give him some competition. We’ll pit him against another horse, and we’re going to call upon him. We’re going to ask him to finish up (strongly) in the work, and I’m looking forward to doing that.”

In his second work since returning to the barn, on Thursday, Jan 26 Curly Jack breezed four furlongs in :50.40 for trainer Tom Amoss (36th fastest of 48).

“The track had been slower the past two or three days, and it definitely sped up today (Saturday),” Diliberto said.

Michael McLoughlin’s 3-year-old son of Good Magic is out of the Roman Ruler dam Connie and Michael.

Hoosier Philly has been targeting the Rachel Alexandra (G2) and Curly Jack, the Risen Star (G2). But Amoss reports today that it is not set in stone.

“We’re not married to either of those two spots,” Amoss said. “But based on how they are doing and where they’ve progressed in their training, it’s very likely (they start in those races).”

Slated for Saturday, Feb 18, the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) and the $300,000 Rachel Alexandra (G2) presented by Fasig-Tipton are the third of four local preps for the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks, offering up 50-20-15-10-5 points.


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Hoosier Philly Fires Bullet in First Work Since Freshening