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Mo Tom trainer is sticking with his jockey after bad Louisiana Derby finish

Mo Tom is headed to Churchill Downs to get ready for the Kentucky Derby. (Fox 8 Photo) Mo Tom is headed to Churchill Downs to get ready for the Kentucky Derby. (Fox 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

In the Louisiana Derby on Saturday, Gayle and Tom Benson-owned Mo Tom suffered a setback, finishing fourth. Most of the blame for the uninspiring ride went to jockey Corey Lanerie after the race.

"He really didn't get a fair shot today, and I know people are tired of hearing that," Mo Tom trainer Tom Amoss said. "For the people that understand racing, they get it. 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."

Days removed from the big race, Amoss has thought long and hard about what's best going forward for Mo Tom and his rider.

"Emotions were running high after the race, and I didn't handle myself in the best fashion," Amoss said. "Corey is our rider, he's very good, he's been the leading rider at Churchill for probably the last five or six years. He knows that track better than anybody, right now he's our guy."

Mo Tom was shipped out of his barn at the Fair Grounds on Tuesday. His next stop is Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, to continue his training for The Run for the Roses.

"Conventional thinking is that six weeks of time between two races, particularly at a mile and a quarter, which is long as this horse will run," Amoss said. "Conventionally thinking is that's not a good idea, you're taking too much time between races. We're very comfortable with it, our statistics for our our stable coming off that layoff are very, very good. I have no problem knowing that he'll be at his best that first Saturday in May."

The favorites in the Kentucky Derby right now are Gun Runner, who won the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby here at the Fair Grounds. Plus, Nyquist and Mohaymen who face off this Saturday in the Florida Derby.

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