Longines Classic Division
TrainerAlbert Stall Jr.
OwnerG M B Racing
BreederSF Bloodstock LLC
At 7 years old, Tom’s d’Etat seems to be in his prime. He lengthened the hot streak he started last October to four stakes victories with a 4 ¼-length romp in the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs June 27 that missed the track record by just .02 seconds. This victory earned him an automatic berth to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) as part of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series. He has also won the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, Clark Stakes presented by Norton Healthcare (G1) at Churchill and the Oaklawn Mile at Oaklawn Park during his streak. These wins bring his lifetime record to 11 wins, with 6 in stakes, from 18 starts and his earnings to over $1.6 million.
The veteran’s career is peppered with lengthy layoffs. His first race was in May 2016, and he earned his first stakes win in December 2018. However, Al Stall Jr., his trainer, believes these breaks may be the reason he is running his best as an older horse.
Tom’s d’Etat’s owner, G M B Racing, was founded by Tom and Gayle Marie Benson, who also owned the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. Gayle continues to be at the helm of each following Tom’s death in March 2018. He owned horses in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and the couple reentered racing in 2014 after attending the Kentucky Derby and visiting Belmont Park. Shortly after, they purchased a 600-acre horse farm in Paris, Kentucky, where they enjoyed spending weekends. Many G M B horses are named for Tom, including 2016 Kentucky Derby runners Tom’s Ready and Mo Tom. Tom’s d’Etat refers to the Mardi Gras parade Krewe d’Etat.
Stall is a fellow New Orleanian and lifelong Saints fan. His father and grandfather were horse breeders and owners, and Al Sr. served as the chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission for many years. Stall Jr. also won the Stephen Foster in 2010 with Blame, who went on to upset Horse of the Year Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The handsome bay horse, who was purchased for $330,000, will stand at WinStar Farm at the conclusion of his racing career.
|August 01, 2020||Whitney S.||SARATOGA||1||3|
|June 27, 2020||Stephen Foster S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2||1|
|April 11, 2020||Oaklawn Mile S.||OAKLAWN PARK||1|
|December 22, 2018||Tenacious S.||FAIR GROUNDS||1|
|November 04, 2018||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1|
|July 27, 2017||SARATOGA||1|
|June 10, 2017||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1|
|May 05, 2017||CHURCHILL DOWNS||4|
|March 20, 2017||FAIR GROUNDS||1|
|August 05, 2016||SARATOGA||1|
|May 30, 2016||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2|
|May 06, 2016||CHURCHILL DOWNS||11|
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