NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Gun Runner wins the Risen Star Stakes, while GMB Racing's Mo Tom, owned by Gayle and Tom Benson, finished third. After the race the big concern was Mo Tom, who got cut off by another horse.
"There's no doubt that turning for home Tom was hit by another horse, he's got a little blood on his right leg," said Mo Tom's Trainer, Tom Amoss. "I'm headed to the barn to see if he's okay. Beyond that, I can tell you he's walking well, but we need to check on him, and see that he's alright."
The ten points rewarded for a third-place finish in the Risen Star, keeps Mo Tom in the top five of the Kentucky Derby standings. So even though Mo Tom didn't win, it's still a strong effort.
"He ran a great race. He got his momentum stopped with about an eighth of the mile left in the race. If that doesn't happen, I humbly think he would've won. It did happen, and it's part of horse racing. Right now we're going to make sure he's okay so we can get them next time," said Amoss.
GMB Racing's other horse Tom's Ready, trained by Dallas Stewart, finished seventh in the Risen Star.
Gun Runner gained fifty points for his win in the Risen Star Stakes. That automatically qualifies him for the Kentucky Derby. Gun Runner's trainer was happy with the win, but also found some negatives.
"Great race to win, glad to be a part of it. I thought it was a very quality field," said Gun Runner's trainer, Steven Asmussen. "I thought Florent (Geroux, jockey) gave him a dream trip for the way the race track was playing today. The inside seemed to be where to be. He used the little horse to get there, from there he gave him a good trip, thought he beat a quality field. The concern is, we were a little late getting to the wire, got a little tired there late. All the money ahead of us is a little further. Hopefully we'll get a lot out of this from condition, be a little fitter horse when we run back."