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Tom Amoss was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he began working with horses while attending high school for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Marketing, Tom found himself back with the horses working as an assistant for Frank Brothers. Since getting his trainer’s license in 1987, Tom has won over 2,500 races including the Apple Blossom (G1), Go for Wand Handicap (G1), and Lecomte Stakes (G3).
GoldMark Farm, LLC. and Whisper Hills Farm
T. Paul Bulmahn is an entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who grew up with a passion for horses. As an entrepreneur in four diverse industries: oil and gas offshore development, large animal training, alternative energy sources and media production, Mr. Bulmahn has utilized ingenuity and innovation to build businesses internationally . He founded ATP Oil & Gas Company in 1991 and took it public in 2001. In 2006, he opened GoldMark Farm in Ocala, Florida as a thoroughbred training center. A principal in Planet Green Solutions, Inc., Mr.
Clover Leaf Farms II
Once located in Ocala, Florida, the farm was sold by owner John Sykes and moved to Kentucky and renamed Woodford Thoroughbreds.John Sykes is an entrepreneur from Tampa Bay, Florida.Sykes opened Woodford Thoroughbreds in 2007.Woodford houses broodmares and foals.
- Backtalk is a son of champion Smarty Jones, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1)
- The three crops to race from Smarty Jones have won from five furlongs to nearly 1 1/2 miles, with an average winning distance of seven furlongs • Backtalk’s dam is stakes heroine Apasionata Sonata
- Backtalk is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner Bsharpsonata, a neck second in the 2008 Ashland S. (G1)
- Backtalk’s broodmare sire is dual Horse of the Year Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner when sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont S. (G1) in 1978
- Daughters of Affirmed have produced the likes of multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Pleasantly Perfect, hero of the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and 2004 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1); multiple Grade 1 queen Honey Ryder; and 1994 Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) and Irish Oaks (Ire-G1) victress Balanchine
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