To the savvy horse players keeping eyes on the derby trail, Mo Tom has continued to garner some serious interest. In the latest pool of the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager, Mo Tom was a relative outside shot at 15/1. This may seem like wide odds for a contender, but those close to the sport no otherwise. The derby contenders on the west coast are Mor Spirit at 12/1 and Danzing Candy at 17/1.
As is usually the case, Mo Tom is in the thick of it.
The GMB Racing product will run out of the center gate this weekend at the Louisiana Derby giving him a resounding advantage in the 11-horse field. He is currently the odds on favorite to win at 5/2. Mo Tom’s post certainly seems to be giving way to his number this weekend as he’s facing some familiar competition.
Most recently, Mo Tom ran in the Risen Star in late February. He placed third behind two horses that are featured in this weekend’s Louisana Derby. Gun Runner holds 3/1 odds as the third favorite, while Forevamo will open on the outside with 10/1 odds.
The horse most likely to give Mo Tom a real run for his money, however, is Greepointcrusader at 7/2. The 2015 winner of the Champagne Stakes fell short in a bid at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile where he tumbled to 7th place in a dense field. But a positively brutish, second place showing at the Holy Bull Stakes behind Moyahmen reignited the spark surrounding Greenpointcrusader. He may be just behind Mo Tom in the Louisiana Derby odds, but he’s miles behind in the Kentucky Derby futures. Greenpointcrusader has long odds of 29/1 in that market.
A handful of other contenders will toss their names in to the hat, but everyone will be targeting Mo Tom . Boosting his overall profile will be jockey Tom Amoss, a son of the state who is excited at the chance to saddle the favorite at the Louisiana Derby. “The local fans come out to see this horse and I don’t want to let them down,” Amoss stated in a conference call.
Indeed, this is a pivotal race for almost everyone in the field. Mo Tom and Greepointcrusader are the on-paper favorites, but there is value to be had with upstarts like Gun Runner in the mix as well. Whomever wins will be hurling directly in to the teeth of the derby trail with a lot of momentum. This is a race that none of them can afford to lose if they stand a hope of challenging the top-four horses come Triple Crown season.