By Paulick Report Staff
Trainer Tom Amoss will begin a 45-day suspension imposed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Thursday, Sept. 17. The suspension will run through the end of October, and include both days of the Breeders’ Cup.
According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the suspension dates to a 2011 positive for the regulated muscle relaxant methocarbomol. The case has been delayed for many years as the trainer battled with the racing commission, which originally handed down a 60-day suspension.
In July, Amoss agreed to accept the 45-day suspension as part of a plea agreement that stipulated that the suspension would not begin until mid-September and run through the Breeders’ Cup.
Amoss told the Form that during the suspension, he plans to spend time with his parents on the coast of Mississippi. His father will turn 91 and his mother will turn 90 at the end of this month.
Amoss also indicated that he expects many of the horses in his care who are race-ready to be transferred to trainer Chris Richard while he is serving the suspension. Amoss’ primary clients, Midwest Thoroughbreds and Maggi Moss, already have horses with Richard.