06/25/2016 6:37PM

Mo Tom takes outside route to Ohio Derby victory

Barbara D. Livingston
Mo Tom, with Javier Castellano up, won the Ohio Derby by three lengths.

This time, nothing was left to chance with Mo Tom. The victim of trips ranging from mild trouble in the Kentucky Derby to near disaster in the Louisiana Derby and the Risen Star, Mo Tom was kept outside and in the clear Saturday at Thistledown in the $500,000 Ohio Derby and scored a decisive victory, beating Adventist by three lengths.

Mo Tom was eighth in the Kentucky Derby, but would have won the Risen Star and might have won the Louisiana Derby had he not run into bad trouble in the homestretch.

“I feel validated,” said Tom Amoss, who trains Mo Tom for Gayle Benson’s GMB  Racing. “That was sweet.”

Mo Tom paid $4.20 to win and stopped the timer in 1:51.88 after 1 1/8 miles on a fast track. Discreet Lover, a 79-1 shot, finished third; Cocked and Loaded was fourth. Wild About Deb, the solid second choice, chased the pace inside, but had no late run and checked in seventh.

Javier Castellano replaced Corey Lanerie aboard Mo Tom for Saturday’s race, and Amoss’s pre-race instructions were simple.

“I told him, ‘When he starts running, just get out of his way. We don’t want any trouble,’” Amoss said.

And that is what Castellano did. Mo Tom, as is his wont, quickly dropped back to last in the race’s first furlong as Mo Dont Know made the lead with Cocked and Loaded pressing. The pace was a moderate 23.84 for the first quarter-mile and a slow 48.42 for the first half, at which point Cocked and Loaded collared Mo Dont Know and led the field around the far turn.

By then, Mo Tom had begun lengthening his considerable stride, and even while racing widest around the bend, perhaps four paths from the fence, he was quickly passing horses. Unlike in all his recent races, when Mo Tom still had work to do after turning for home, he had already nearly made the front straightening for home Saturday. He was a touch slow to change leads, veering inward as Castellano requested he do so, but Mo Tom leveled off and won as much the best.

“He ran good when you think of the ground he lost, and he had to overcome a slower pace than I thought he would,” Amoss said.

Adventist, racing without blinkers in an equipment change, raced in mid-pack and found his best stride when shifted wide in the final furlong-and-half, finishing solidly for a clear second, almost three lengths in front of Discreet Lover.

Mo Tom, by Uncle Mo out of the Rubiano mare, Caroni, was bred in Kentucky by Hargus and Sandra Sexton, and Silver Fern Farm. He won for the fourth time in nine starts and more than doubled his bankroll with the $300,000 winner’s share. A long, narrow colt, Mo Tom was a late foal and still has plenty of room to grow, Amoss said. “He’s getting there. His body type is just long and lean.”

Amoss said Mo Tom’s connections “want to go East” with their horse, but there is no set plan yet for Mo Tom’s summer campaign.

Bruce Battaglia 10 months ago
Ray Sousa your ignorance continues to amaze.According to you all jockeys are crooked,trainers are dopers and potheads and most races are fixed. Why then do you continue to fire your two bucks on a sport so many of us love. I also see that you spelled 10 time leading rider Corie Lanery dumb for his ride on Mo Tom. He is a very talented athlete who works extra hard to earn the millions of dollars he has in his career. The correct spelling for this top riders name is Corey Lanerie. If you pick a gentleman who is at the top of his game "dumb" at least spell it correctly. Best wishes for continued success and fame in your profession "genius". Try firing your 2 bucks in the slot machines. At least you will hopefully get a fair spin.
Gary Murray 10 months ago
Expect and hope to see him race at Saratoga.
ohara_dustin 10 months ago
Congrats to all connections
Scott 10 months ago
Mo Tom is a nice horse, but he's clearly a cut below the top of the Division.   They should aim for Pennsylvania. 
Ray Sousa 10 months ago
This proves two things how dumb Corie Lanery is and that no horse could close on derby day. Every closer from that day has come back and won.. Wonder if Watchmaker is still insisting there was no speed bias that day.. I gues when Nyquist gets beaten next out he will come around.
Charles Hannity 10 months ago
Sure Ray, Corey is so dumb yet you are so smart that you mispelled his first and last name.  What did you want him to do in the Derby, take Mo to the lead?  He is a closer.  That is how he runs.  What is your record as a jockey?
MollyJulia624 10 months ago
Corey Lanerie Leading Jockey At Churchill?
Scott 10 months ago
Ray, Exaggerator closed in the Derby, Suddenbreakingnews was flying and nearly got 3rd...the other closers simply weren't good enough or got into traffic trouble as closers often do.
Eli Dawkins 10 months ago
always like this colt I believe he is going be very special
MollyJulia624 10 months ago
Eli - Special Only At Cheap Racetracks!
ProXstream Gaming 10 months ago
Got my La. Derby money back !   He will definitely be one of the ones this fall.  Tall, long strides, still maturing.  Look out for Mo Tom !
MollyJulia624 10 months ago
Maybe Indiana Derby?
Anonymous 10 months ago
Look out for this beast.   He's the only three year old that can rally strong without a pace that benefits him.  He's not the best, so against better competition, they'll need to take their chances and try to save ground.  He's been the victim of horrible luck -not the fault of Lanarie.  This horse could very well win the Classic.

MollyJulia624 10 months ago
How Can Mo Tom Win The Classic In 1:51 Time ?
Scott 10 months ago
Molly, Mo Tom can't win the Classic.  I doubt any of the 3 year Olds will.  Nyquist is the Division's best chance, but good older horses usually handle the best 3 year olds.