Under the guidance of jockey Javier Castellano for the first time in his career, the son of Uncle Mo raced ninth in the 10-horse field early in the 1 1/8-mile contest, moved up wide in the final turn, and pulled away to win by three lengths.
An outside, unhampered trip was a welcome sight for the colt after troubled runs in his last three races—a third in the Veterans Ford Risen Star (gr. II), a fourth in the Twinspiries.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II), and an eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)—for trainer Tom Amoss. Before that, he opened his 3-year-old season with a victory in the Lecomte (gr. III).
Another son of Uncle Mo, Mo Dont Know, set the early pace with fractions of :23.84 and :48.82 through a half-mile under pressure from Cocked and Loaded. Cocked and Loaded took over in the backstretch and held a half-length advantage through six furlongs in 1:13.60, but Mo Tom put a head in front at the top of the stretch and did not relent.
Off as the even-money favorite, Mo Tom paid $4.20, $2.80, and $2.40 across the board. Adventist delivered $4.80 and $3.40, and Discreet Lover brought $14.80 to show.
Bred in Kentucky by Hargus and Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm from the Rubiano mare Caroni, Mo Tom has a 4-0-3 record from nine starts and $591,526 in earnings.