04/01/2013 2:02PM

Fair Grounds: Amoss, Asmussen tie for training title; Napravnik easily wins riding title


A day after he came within a neck of winning the $1 million Louisiana Derby with Mylute, trainer Tom Amoss won four races on Sunday’s closing-day card at Fair Grounds to tie Steve Asmussen for the 2012-13 training title.

Amoss and Asmussen also tied for the Fair Grounds title during the 2000-01 season, when both trainers won 54 races. This time, they knotted at 42 after it looked like Asmussen would win the title outright when he came into closing day with a two-win lead. But Amoss won with four of the seven runners he sent out Sunday, earning a share of his first Fair Grounds crown since the 2006-07 season, when Asmussen was out on suspension. Other than that year, Asmussen has been leading trainer at Fair Grounds every season since the 2000-01 season.

The Fair Grounds riding title, on the other hand, had not been in doubt for months, with Rosie Napravnik easily leading the standings for the third straight year. Napravnik, who was awarded a key to the city of New Orleans late last year, won 125 races, 42 more than runner-up James Graham and her highest total yet at Fair Grounds.

Fair Grounds, as per policy of its parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., does not publicize business figures. Those figures are made available through the Louisiana State Racing Commission, which as of Monday hadn’t received final figures from Fair Grounds.