11/14/2007 12:00AM

Either of Amoss pair capable

EmailLOUISVILLE, Ky. - It won't be long before Tom Amoss is back in his native Louisiana, gunning for an 11th training title at Fair Grounds. But Amoss has unfinished business at Churchill Downs, where he still has a 28-horse stable, from which he estimated that "we still have another 12 or 14 horses to run at this meet."

Indeed, as the 21-day fall meet winds to its Nov. 24 close, more than a few southbound trainers will be trying to make a hit or two before skipping town. Operating partly on the theory that two chances are better than one, Amoss will run the uncoupled pair of Splendid in Spring and Sumneytown in Friday's feature, a $55,000 sprint that carries a third-level allowance condition and an $80,000 claiming option.

Splendid in Spring is the only one of seven starters in for the $80,000 tag. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly, Splendid in Spring won three straight races after being claimed by owner Maggi Moss here in June before that modest win streak was snapped in her latest start, on Sept.o27 at Presque Isle Downs.

"She's basically gone through her conditions," said Amoss. "We weren't real comfortable about trying her against tough competition at Keeneland, so Maggi planned for her to come back in this spot."

Amoss said Sumneytown, owned by Karnak Galactic Racing Stable, "has really been a nice claim for us," having won three races since being haltered last December for $16,000. "She's got quite a bit of residual value, too, which really makes her a best-case scenario."

For Amoss, this time of year is as busy as any. Fair Grounds begins its four-month meet on Thanksgiving Day, and as the defending champion trainer, he is intent on having another big winter.

"We have owners from Louisiana who like to see their horses run, and that comes into play as far as what we run early at the Fair Grounds meet," he said. "But we're here to hopefully finish out this meet strong."

The primary opposition for the Amoss pair in the ninth of 10 Friday races appears to be Girls Pearls, who enters with a four-race win streak but has been away more than five months.

Two other allowances (races 4 and 8) also are on tap Friday. The fourth-race focus is on Dale Romans, who trains one chief contender, Dr. Googles Boogles, and formerly trained another, Nolan's Cat.