Sunday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots proved to be a banner day for jockey James Graham, who scored a total of five victories on the program, the last three for the owner/trainer combo of Tom Amoss and Maggi Moss.
Graham scored his quintet of victories with Great Sky (Race 1, $9.20), Wristlet (Race 4, $43.00), Twin Farms (Race 5, $5.20), Fair Shot (Race 7, $5.60) and Antarctic (Race 8, $6.60).
“It was fantastic,” Graham said at the end of his successful day. “Tom has been a big part of my career since I started here. I just appreciate everything that everyone has done for me. I’m having fun, enjoying what I’m doing. I had a bit of a sickness over the weekend and had to take off Friday, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
“Things are going great. I’m riding for good people. The horses are running well and they keep knocking on the door. If they aren’t winning, they’re right there. A big thanks to Tom. A large number of the wins on the meet have been from his barn. I was building momentum from the start of the meet, but a big thanks to Tom and all the owners who keep putting me on winners.”
With Adam Beschizza riding the Houston Racing Festival card at Sam Houston, Graham was able to extend his lead in jockey standings (44-38). Graham won the 2014-15 riding title at Fair Grounds.
The training hat trick puts Amoss (15 wins) in a four-way tie for fourth in the standings behind two-time defending champion Brad Cox (26).
Moss doubled her season win total (6) and is now tied for third in the owner’s race behind Brad Grady (10).