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Both Benson horses Kentucky Derby-bound following Louisiana Derby

GMB Racing's Tom's Ready finished second in the Louisiana Derby. (Fox 8 Photo) GMB Racing's Tom's Ready finished second in the Louisiana Derby. (Fox 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Gayle and Tom Benson started GMB racing only two years, and now they have an unheard of two horses with enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. In Saturday's Louisiana Derby Tom's Ready finished second, and Mo Tom finished fourth. 

"Nothing is easy ok," said Tom's Ready trainer Dallas Stewart. "Especially to get horses to this pinnacle, and to keep them healthy. This is our job, this is what we do. We just hope to continue on, keep them healthy, get them there so they can have a great time." 

Mo Tom finished a disappointing fourth in the Derby after being the betting favorite at post time. Come the Kentucky Derby, Mo Tom's jockey might be different after Corey Lanerie's bad decisions today.

"He really didn't get a fair shot today, and I know people are tired of hearing that. For the people that understand racing they get it," said Tom Amoss, trainer for Mo Tom. "It was just a disappointing trip. I'm sure Corey is going to get a lot of criticism for his ride, and he deserves it. He knows he deserves it. As to what we do in terms of riders from here on in, I'm not sure. My feeling right now is I wouldn't let Corey pick his feet, much less get on him and ride him."

Tom's Ready now has 44 points toward the Kentucky Derby. Mo Tom has 32 points. Mostly, a minimum of 20 points qualifies a horse for the Kentucky Derby.

Gun Runner won the 2016 Louisiana Derby. It's his second win in a row after taking the Risen Star Stakes a month ago at the Fair Grounds.
 

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