Tom's Ready Breezes at Churchill
By Dick Downey
Updated 5:21 p.m. ET
Tom's Ready continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby this morning with a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs.
“It was a great work,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “It was a nice, even, strong maintenance work, and he finished the last quarter without any urging. I’m really happy with the way he worked and the way he handled the track.”
Churchill Downs clockers caught him in 1:01.60 (4/6), breezing, with splits of 12.60, 25, 37.40 and 49.40. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.40. The move, which came after the morning renovation break, was in company with Lemon Drop Title, who was timed in 1:02.80. Tom's Ready started six lengths back of his workmate and finished on even terms.
"He did it easy," Stewart said on a short video posted on his Twitter account after today's workout. Tom's Ready was shown munching on grass near his barn.
Today's move was the second breeze for Tom's Ready since he surprised bettors with a second-place finish in the Louisiana Derby at 30-1 odds. Gun Runner won that race by 4 1/2 lengths.
Tom's Ready will get a lot of attention in the Kentucky Derby because Stewart ran second in the Run for the Roses in both 2013 and 2014 with high-odds runners that came out of the Louisiana Derby. First it was Golden Soul who was runner-up to Orb in 2013, then Commanding Curve ran second to California Chrome in 2014.
Tom's Ready, a son of More Than Ready, is a laid-back horse that loves taking naps in his stall. He's owned by G M B Racing, which has Mo Tom in the barn of Tom Amoss. Mo Tom breezed yesterday at Churchill Downs. G M B is owned by Gayle Marie Benson, wife of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson. On the G M B website, she is described as a philanthropist and former interior design business owner.
It was the second workout for Tom's Ready since the Louisiana Derby. On April 7, he breezed four furlongs in 47.60 (1/15) at Churchill Downs.
“We’re proud of the way he handled things this winter,” said Stewart. “He had three good races down in New Orleans and he came out of them good and he looks to be healthy, knock on wood. We don’t take anything for granted. We liked him as a 2-year-old, but it’s a big step to where we’re headed.”