GMB Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat entered in $9 million race Saturday

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Tom’s d’Etat won the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds in his last start (Hodges Photography)

Gayle Benson may not be watching her team play in the Super Bowl two Sundays from now, but she has an entry in America’s richest horse race this weekend.

Tom’s d’Etat – owned by Benson’s GMB Racing – drew post No. 6 Tuesday for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The Al Stall Jr. trainee, which is 20-1 on the morning line, has been lightly races. The 6-year-old son of Smart Strike did not run in – or win – his first stakes race until last month, when he captured the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22.

Tom’s d’Etat has six career wins from nine starts and lifetime earnings of more than $278,000. That would go up exponentially with a win on Saturday – $4 million goes to the winner – but not without some risk. The race carries a $500,000 entry fee, and only the top five finishers in the 12-horse field will receive more than $500,000 in purse money.

To win on Saturday, Tom’s d’Etat will have to overtake two of the three finalists for the Eclipse Award for older dirt male – Accelerate and City of Light, who are 9-5 and 5-2, respectively, on the morning.

Post time on Saturday is 4:36 p.m. CST. Here is a detailed preview of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, courtesy of America’s Best Racing.

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