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LANE | Tom's Ready May Be a Live Long Shot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you're in the market for a long shot in Saturday's 142nd Kentucky Derby, you could do worse than Tom's Ready (and not just because of the name).

The son of More Than Ready out of the mare Goodbye Stranger broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last September and has been second in three of his last four starts.  He was runner-up to Gun Runner the last time out in the Louisiana Derby.  And his trainer has been down this Derby road before.

After learning from Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Dallas Stewart has made Churchill one of his home bases for years and he knows how to bring home a long shot in this race.  He was second with Golden Soul at 35-1 in 2013 and second the following year with 38-1 shot Commanding Curve. Tom's Ready was 30-1 in the morning line and was bet to 42-1 by Friday night.

"Well I hope it's gonna help me," said Stewart about his past experience on the first Saturday in May.  "We haven't won it yet but we've gotten close a couple of times and I think that this horse is very well-prepared and the Bensons are all excited.  They think they have a good shot and I do too."  

The horse is owned by New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owners Tom and Gayle Benson.  They also own another Derby contender in the Tom Amoss-trained Mo Tom.  Stewart goes back a long way with the Benson's who owned racehorses for a time, then got out of the game before returning in the last few years.

"Billy Fox trained for him, " said Stewart.  "I was like 15 years old and I was riding some horses for him and he (Benson) had a death in his family and got rid of the horses, but they came up for the Derby a few years ago and got the Derby fever.

Stewart was fine with post 12 for Tom's Ready, who he expects to be somewhere mid-pack.  Asked whether this race gets easier the more he's in it, Stewart replied "I don't know if it's easier. Nothing about this race is easy."

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