The Benson's horses will face stiff competition at Kentucky Derby

The Benson's horses will face stiff competition at Kentucky Derby

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It's officially Derby Week in Louisville and one of the biggest stories is the emergence of GMB Racing.

Tom and Gayle Benson will saddle two horses in the Kentucky Derby. Tom's Ready is one of their horses making the "Run for the Roses".

"He's good, he's had good works here, this morning was really good, he had a strong, fast work, you can see he looks comfortable, he's not tired, his weight looks good, a lot of good things that are adding up for me, so we just hope that he is the fastest on Derby day," said Tom's Ready trainer, Dallas Stewart.

GMB's other thoroughbred horse at the Derby, Mo Tom, settled in nicely to Churchill Downs after leaving the Fair Grounds a month ago.

"I do think that having a liking for this track is important for any horse, and horses tend to favor one track over another.  So, again, that's a plus in our corner," said Mo Tom trainer, Tom Amoss.

The Bensons' will have stiff competition in the 20-horse field, including Bob Baffert-trained Mor Spirit. Baffert won the Triple Crown in 2015 training American Pharaoh, and ready to start a new streak in 2016.

"Well I mean I like quiet, but I like to have you know, I'd like to have another two or three in there, a Triple Crown horse in there, but to me the Kentucky Derby is so important to me and so it's very important to us, everybody, we look forward to it and it was nice to finally get here and really, you know, you see the twin spires and it starts getting you all jazzed up," said Mor Spirit trainer, Bob Baffert.

The favorite is undefeated Nyquist, he's 7-7 in the win column. According to his trainer, Nyquist doesn't lack for confidence either.

"He's a playboy, he knows he's good and he likes to flaunt it a little bit I guess," said Nyquist trainer, Doug O'Neill.

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