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The Bensons' Mo Tom primed for final race before Kentucky Derby

Mo Tom's next race is next Saturday in the Louisiana Derby. (Fox 8 Photo) Mo Tom's next race is next Saturday in the Louisiana Derby. (Fox 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Gayle and Tom Benson's GMB Racing has one goal, own a horse that races in the Kentucky Derby. Their dream could be a reality soon, but there's still a lot of time left until the race in May.

Mo Tom was primed for his second win in 2016 in the Risen Star Stakes, but he got cut off, then regained ground to finish third. The blueprint to win the Risen Star was hatched weeks before, so the unpredictable moves of another thoroughbred crushed the game plan.

"Anything that happens in a race affects the outcome, and affects the strategy of what occurs in the race," Mo Tom's trainer, Tom Amoss said. "So when you look at Mo Tom and what occurred in the Risen Star, it was late in the race when he was getting his momentum going. A lot of the experts feel and I do too, of course I'm bias, that without that trouble he would've won the race."

Mo Tom sits in the top ten of the Kentucky Derby standing with 22 points, which should be enough to get him in "The Run for the Roses", but just qualifying for the race isn't the main goal for Amoss.

"The thing you want to be sure of is that you're bringing a horse to the Kentucky Derby that has a real chance to compete," Amoss said. "I think that's what we're all looking at going into the Louisiana Derby. Not only does Tom have enough points, which I think he does even if he doesn't get any in the Louisiana Derby, but do we have a real chance in the Kentucky Derby. That question is going to be answered on the 26th, and I think the answer is going to be a positive one."

Amoss is no stranger to the Derby. Last year, War Story finished a distant 16th at Churchill Downs. Mo Tom could be his next entry into the biggest spectacle in horse racing, but the trainers sole focus is March 26th.

"I don't talk about a race any further than the next one with my horse," Amoss said. "The other night I was driving home with my wife, and a black cat ran out in the middle of the road. I'm not kidding you, I stopped the car, backed up, and went in a different direction. I've got a lot of superstitions, and one certainly is don't talk about your horse any more than the very next race you're going to run in."

GMB Racing's other shot at the Kentucky Derby, Tom's Ready, finished a disappointing seventh in the Risen Star Stakes. He'll race with Mo Tom in the Louisiana Derby.

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