16-year-old Washington-bred mare (born, 1998)
by Delineator-Sporty Chic
Career (2000-02): 14-1-0-3, $47,012
Amocat, currently in training for a third career, is a homebred of the Oak Crest Farm of Jack and Teresa Hodge. The Hodges had previously bred to sire Delineator, achieving success with 1998 Northwest Stallion Stakes winner and $257,000 earner Inclinator.
Amocat was an Oak Crest stakes winner, too. She burst on the Emerald Downs scene in her juvenile season of 2000, taking the Angie C. Stakes in just her third career start.
Trainer Steve Bullock got her going and she showed ability from the start.
“She was aggressive in early training,” said Bullock. “She had good speed and we were confident she could sprint effectively.”
Amocat finished second in her two-year-old debut to Tough Copper Queen and again a strong runner-up to that filly in the Pierce County stakes. The Angie C. was named after Ron Crockett's mother, a popular and dedicated race fan who never missed a day until her passing in 1999.
“It was a great thrill to win the first Angie C.,” said Jack Hodge. “Angie meant a lot to us at Emerald Downs.”
Amocat's second career was successful, too. As a broodmare, she was bred to many local stallions and produced several winners including Washington Cup heroine Kit Cat Kitty. Yet to race from Amocat are a two-year-old and a yearling.
She was retired as a broodmare last fall and Lisa Capellaro heard about her availability. Capellaro wears many hats, including Emerald Downs bartender, horse lover and the person behind Save A Racehorse, a non-profit organization. Find out more about Save A Racehorse on their Facebook and donations can be made through Pay-Pal on their website.
“We take them in and don't ask questions,” said Capellaro. “Those that need rehab go to a retirement farm, those that can be ridden go into training with April.”
April is April Davis, also an Emerald Downs employee in the food and beverage department. She's a horse-lover from a young age and absorbs everything she can about horses and their training. She's worked with Amocat and enjoyed it.
“The day we met her she was very sweet, very kind,” said Davis. “She was quick to realize she's working in a different way than being a mother and she likes it. She's very smart and willing and is going to make a great trail horse for somebody in the future.”
“Amocat is a sweet horse who likes attention,” said Capellaro. “The goal is to move her to a permanent home, to anybody who would like to trail ride her into forever!”