LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The question is inevitable here.

So when thoroughbred trainer Tom Amoss and his wife, Colleen, first made this city their part-time home, relocating from New Orleans in the early 1990s, they got used to hearing it whenever they explained that horses were the family business.

“The first question you get asked when they find out you’re a horse trainer is, ‘Have you run in the Kentucky Derby?’ And for a lot of years, I had to say no,” Amoss said Wednesday at Churchill Downs. “Now I get to say, ‘Yeah, I’ve run in it.’ And the next question is, ‘Have you ever won it?’ I’m still saying no.”

Amoss said he believes he has brought the horse who, after Saturday’s Derby, can change his answer.

If you’re skeptical, he understands.