ON POINT: Ohio Derby preview; Kentucky Derby a key race?
Mo Tom, the beaten favorite in the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby, is the morning line favorite for the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 25 at Jack Thistledown, and the Lecomte Stakes winner is looking to become the fifth Kentucky Derby starter to win his next start. The others so far are Exaggerator (Preakness), Creator (Belmont), Tom's Ready (Woody Stephens), and Gun Runner (Matt Winn).
Gun Runner and Tom's Ready had finished one-two, respectively, in the Louisiana Derby, so Mo Tom is exiting some key races, and he gets the services of Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano.
The Ohio Derby field also includes the third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishers from the Peter Pan Stakes, so the 1 1/8-mile test could provide some key class notes on the three-year-old division.
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