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'Tom's Ready' needs strong showing in Louisiana Derby for the Bensons

Tom's Ready needs to finish in the top three of the Louisiana Derby to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. (Fox 8 photo) Tom's Ready needs to finish in the top three of the Louisiana Derby to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. (Fox 8 photo)
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The Louisiana Derby could the last chance for one of GMB Racing's prized horses to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

In the Risen Star Stakes, Tom's Ready finished a disappointing seventh place. Not only did the poor showing endanger his chances of making the Kentucky Derby, but the performance by the Benson-owned horse was very "Un-Ready" like. This Saturday in the Louisiana Derby, one of GMB Racing's prized thoroughbreds gets to right a wrong of a month ago.

"Well we've got a lot to prove. The last race was not what we wanted. He came out of it good, he's very healthy. The last two works have been just what I wanted. He had a great race here, two great races actually, two seconds. So one bad race, we're hoping to build off that," said Dallas Stewart, trainer of Tom's Ready.

The field for the Louisiana Derby is stacked. Gun Runner, who won the Risen Star will be in the gate, and so will Mo Tom, The Bensons' other Derby hopeful.

"Oh it's very solid, there's some really solid horses in here. You could see two or three horses come out of this race and be in the Kentucky Derby," Stewart said.

Right now Tom's Ready only has four points in the Kentucky Derby standing. A top three finish in the premier race at the Fair Grounds will get him in the "Run For The Roses."

"It's crunch time for us, we got to get it done," Stewart said.

Unlike Tom's Ready, Mo Tom doesn't need to finish in the top 4 to seal a spot in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Tom Amoss thinks they have the points already, but he's still holding out on saying they're going to the Derby until he sees what Mo Tom does on Saturday. 

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