Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 3 2010 Illinois Derby Hawthorne III 1 1/8 Mile 3 N/A
Apr 3 2010 Illinois Derby Hawthorne III 1 1/8 Mile 3 N/A


Tom Amoss


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. Bulmahn is developing a biomass reactor to generate electricity.   Mr. Bulmahn is an avid supporter of causes to advance the horse racing industry and as such has founded GoldMark Media Ventures LLC to communicate and educate about everything equine. Amanda "Mandy" Pope races under her farm name of Whisper Hill Farm which is located in Florida. Mandy grew up riding hunters and jumpers and her interest in race horses began when she moved to Florida in 1980. Mandy has been very active at the sales recently aquiring Horse of the Year Havre De Grace and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty to add to her strong broodmare band which she keeps in Kentucky. The young horses are raised at her Whisper Hill Farm which is also home to many retired thoroughbreds.

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.Clover Leaf Farms II was managed by Brent Fernung, who assisted in purchasing Backtalk’s dam Apasionata Sonata at the Keeneland 2004 mixed sale.Brent also had a hand in purchasing the broodmares of Kentucky Derby winners Lil E. Tee with Eileen’s Moment and Smarty Jones in I’ll Get Along. 


Smarty Jones--Apasionata Sonata, by Affirmed

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  • 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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