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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).
Paul & Andrena Van Doren
Founder of Vans Shoes, Paul Van Doren got his start at the racetrack early, giving out odds at the local track. His mom made him get a job at a local shoe factory. After moving to California and starting Vans Shoe Company, it was his dream to retire and breed thoroughbred racehorses. Paul and his wife, Adrena, began raising racehorses in 1979 and own Sterling Stud in Lexington, KY.
Rockport Harbor-Appenzell, by Johannesburg
Rise Up is by Rockport Harbor, an unbeaten juvenile of 2004 whose Kentucky Derby dreams were derailed by injury.
A son of Unbridled's Song, Rockport Harbor romped in his first three career starts, including the Nashua. But he was stepped on by a rival next time in the Remsen, and it took uncommon courage for him to fight out the victory on his injured hoof. That setback affected Rockport Harbor's training on the Derby trail, when he was upset in the Rebel and disappointed in the Lexington. Sidelined for the rest of his three-year-old season, he returned triumphant in the 2006 Essex Handicap. Unfortunately, he reaggravated his old injury in the course of his fifth in the Razorback, and he was subsequently retired.
Rockport Harbor, who sadly succumbed to laminitis in August, has had his greatest success as a sire posthumously. Aside from Rise Up's exploits, his daughter Ria Antonia was awarded the victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. His other notable progeny include Grade 3 winners Pataky Kid, May Day Rose and Bryan's Jewel.
Rise Up is the second foal from the winning Appenzell. Her first, the sprinter It'snosmallwonder, has won four of 16 starts and earned $121,980.
Appenzell is by Johannesburg, the European and American champion two-year-old colt of 2001. After famously conquering the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his dirt debut, the Aidan O'Brien trainee didn't prosper at three, and finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby in his return trip to the U.S.
Johannesburg has sired 2007 Florida Derby winner and up-and-coming young sire Scat Daddy; French highweight miler Sageburg; 2013 Forego hero Strapping Groom; current multiple Argentinean Group 1 vixen Juhayna; and 2010 Australian Oaks victress Once Were Wild (who was out of an Unbridled's Song mare). Another daughter, Grade 3 winner La Traviata, is the dam of 2011 Middle Park victor Crusade and multiple Group 2-placed Cristoforo Colombo.
Appenzell is a half-sister to the multiple stakes-placed Old Fashion Girl,who produced multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed In the Rough.
Rise Up's third dam is Beal Street Blues, the 1992 Del Mar Debutante winner. She is herself a full sister to 1989 Fountain of Youth and Hutcheson hero Dixieland Brass.
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