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Pedigree: MIdnight Lute - Stage Stop (Valid Expectations)

Owner: GoldMark Farm, LLC and Whisper Hill Farm

Trainer: Thomas Amoss


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Gold Mark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm's Mylute walked the shedrow at Barn 29 one morning after his final Derby tune up -- an easy half-mile move in :50 3/5 for Tom Amoss.

"To use trainer parlance, 'It was just what we wanted,'" Amoss said, knowingly employing one of the greatest hits from the Trainer Interview Clichés catalog.

"It was just an easy work. Tomorrow he's going to jog, maybe make a trip to the paddock. He'll just gallop into the race with probably a day of schooling in the starting gate, probably Thursday during the races."

Amoss showed off the handsome Midnight Lute colt while emphasizing that he could not be doing better coming into the Derby.

"He's got a lot of body to him and he's just a pretty horse," Amoss said. "Most people don't realize he's gray because he's so dark."

The Louisiana Derby runner-up will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, racing's current breakout star, who was to be featured in a 60 Minutes profile airing Sunday evening. Napravnik was aboard Mylute for a 10-plus-length allowance win at Fair Grounds in December but was otherwise committed for both of his starts in 2013, when he was piloted by Shaun Bridgmohan.

"Rosie rode Mylute to his most recent win," Amoss said. "Shaun did nothing wrong; the ownership just decided that Rosie would be the right pilot."

Those hoping for a juicy price on a live longshot, though, should anticipate the horse being bet down by Napravnik's growing fanbase, especially in light of her recent mainstream media attention, including a New York Times Magazine profile. The first time Rosie had a Derby mount, aboard Pants on Fire in 2011, she went off as the 8-1 second choice despite a 20-1 morning line.

"I think the 'Rosie Effect' puts Mylute somewhere around 15-1 instead of the 25-1 or 30-1 he should be," Amoss said.