04/18/2017 3:30PM

Conquest Mo Money will await Preakness

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Conquest Mo Money finished a game second in the Arkansas Derby.

Tom and Sandy McKenna, the owners of Conquest Mo Money, announced on Tuesday that they will not put up a $200,000 supplementary fee to run Conquest Mo Money in the Kentucky Derby on May 6 and will instead await the Preakness Stakes two weeks later. The supplementary fee for the Preakness is $150,000, which also makes the horse eligible for the Belmont Stakes.

The announcement was made by Tom McKenna on Tuesday afternoon at a press conference at Sunland Park in New Mexico, where Conquest Mo Money raced four times this meet, including a second-place finish behind Hence in the Sunland Park Derby.

Conquest Mo Money finished second to Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, earning $200,000.

The McKennas race under the stable name Judge Lanier Racing. Conquest Mo Money is trained by Miguel Hernandez. The McKennas purchased Conquest Mo Money, a colt by Uncle Mo, for just $8,500 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in November.

Conquest Mo Money made his debut on Jan. 6. He owns three wins and two seconds in five starts.

Conquest Mo Money has earned 60 points on the system used by Churchill Downs to determine the field for the Derby should more than 20 enter, which seems a certainly this year. Those 60 points would have placed him 12th on the list.

The expected defection of Cloud Computing would make the bubble horse Lookin At Lee, ranked 21st on the points list, followed by Sonneteer. Lookin At Lee would be first in should there be a defection from those currently in the top 20. Among those currently with enough points, but not certain to run, is Malagacy, who is ranked 13th with 50 points. He won the Rebel but finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby.

Nick Pavletic 7 days ago
Extremely taxing Ark Derby finishing 2nd to the KY Derby favorite. Five weeks to recover instead of three and a smaller field guaranteed makes this a no brainer if you want to do best by the horse!  Saving 50K is just a bonus.  Smart move not to ruin the horse by getting "DERBY FEVER"!
flum1448 7 days ago
What about Untrapped, he has 34 points to Lookin at Lee has 32.
realgooddogtoo 8 days ago
Is got to be a hold card on that horse, why did he go so cheap?. $ 150.000 still a lot of money just to run in the Preakness when he could make more than a million dollars running in those Derbys around the country without facing the top horses. 
Bobbywine7 8 days ago
A shame he's not in Derby.  Not a Win candidate, but, you would have to use him underneath. A great Buy at $8,500.00. Would cost a lot to buy in on him now.
Joseph Brunner 8 days ago
Coolmore owes this to them - and us - for handicapping around all the dud mo's they send out for $500K sale price that cant win SQUAT players have to waste money on covering in pick5's, pick6's. LOL oh well. $200K to coolmore is one visit with Uncle Mo - this would be a far better "advert" for his services than magazine ads.
Ann Maree 8 days ago
What happened with Untrapped? He has more points than Lookin at Lee.  Conquest Mo Money had already been taken out of the Derby list.  Likely more defections.  And Thunder Snow is not confirmed for sure, according Twitter chatter.  Very confusing that this stage.
Joseph Brunner 8 days ago
untrapped ran a weak race Saturday in Arkansas, unlike Conquest Mo Money who was  a game second.

If Churchill let's Thunder $now not come (they should pay his travel feels 100%) their handle will be down millions as asians bet baccarat that day in Japan instead (they are just playing lucky numbers anyway with the derby, etc). Churchill's loss.

its always confusing, its bringing 3 year old horses to a race as many are JUST now turning 3 (foal date). it will all shape up on the Friday morning final PP's are out dont worry :) 
Anonymous 8 days ago
This now the horse to beat in the Preakness...no matter who wins the KY Derby!
Rusty Hale 7 days ago
Not so sure about that.
Joel Firsching 8 days ago
Smart move for the dehydrated horse's health.
Frank 8 days ago
alright rockin RONNIE from Vegas -- we are IN the field!!  Next we need the right Jock for his running style...