07/30/2014 2:04PM

Amoss gets career victory No. 3,000

Barbara D. Livingston
Tom Amoss is the 28th trainer in North America to have won 3,000 races.

Tom Amoss became the 28th trainer in North American racing history to win 3,000 races when Infinity of Humor captured a starter-allowance race Wednesday at Indiana Grand in suburban Indianapolis.

Amoss, a perennial leading trainer at Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, and Indiana Grand, made the two-hour drive from his home in Louisville, Ky., to be on hand.

“What first needs to be said, front and center, is that this is a group accomplishment,” said Amoss, a Louisiana State University graduate who began training in 1987 and whose stable has earned more than $79.3 million.

“I’ve had a great staff, great owners, and above all else, I’ve been privileged to work with some great equine athletes,” he said. “This isn’t just about me, it’s about all the other people and horses involved. No way I get this far without them.”

Infinity of Humor, ridden by Jeremy Rose, was the 4-5 favorite in the Wednesday race. She led all the way and covered the six furlongs in 1:10.13. Infinity of Humor, a 3-year-old Indiana-bred filly, is owned by Maggi Moss, for whom Amoss has won more than 500 races.

Amoss, 52, is based in his hometown of New Orleans during the winter and in Louisville the rest of the year. He was inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame in 1998 and periodically serves as an on-air analyst for TVG. He and his wife, Colleen, have two daughters.

The late Dale Baird leads the all-time victory list with 9,445. The next five are all active: Steve Asmussen (6,823), Jerry Hollendorfer (6,692), King Leatherbury (6,432), Jack Van Berg (6,425), and Scott Lake (5,498).