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Jim Dandy or Haskell for Gemologist?

Gemologist with jockey Javier Castellano up winning his 2012 debut by 7 lengths. Gulfstream Park. Hallandale Beach, Florida. 03-16-2012

It was a busy Sunday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher, who had 15 horses on the work tab at Saratoga led by Grade 1 Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial winner Gemologist, unraced since a 16th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.


Going out just after the renovation break in company with Grade 2 winner Dominus, Gemologist breezed five furlongs in 58.40 on the main track, the fastest of 43 horses at the distance, as he preps for his first start following his first career loss on May 5.


“He worked super. It was a very impressive work,” Pletcher said of the WinStar colt. “He finished up great, galloped out well, and recovered quickly afterward. I think his conditioning is very, very good.


“I thought he breezed as well this morning as he’s ever breezed. He’s always been a good work horse, but he was exceptionally good this morning.”


It was the second straight bullet work for the Tiznow colt, who has been on the sidelines since a foot bruise was discovered two days after the Derby.


“He hasn’t run since the Derby, so we wanted to make sure we were tight,” Pletcher said. “He’s really had a very good, progressive work tab. Each one’s been progressively stronger.”


Gemologist, who won five straight to start his career, is being considered for both the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, July 28, as well as the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park the following day.


“We haven’t decided yet,” Pletcher said. “It’s the same thing that goes into every racing decision; where you think you have the best chance to win. We are considering entering both spots, but we might make a decision prior to that.”


Also on the work tab for Pletcher was multiple graded stakes winner Rule, who was clocked in 48.11 for a half-mile on the main track, seventh-fastest of 67 at the distance.


Another WinStar color bearer, Rule is coming off a victory over Flat Out in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup on July 7, his 5-year-old debut.


“He worked well,” Pletcher said. “He seems to have come out of the race in good order. We’re going to see how he does this week and breeze him back. Right now, I’d say he’s certainly a candidate for the Whitney [Grade 1, $750,000, August 4].”


Among other Pletcher workers on Sunday were Stopshoppingmaria, second in the Grade 1 Frizette and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2011, and Grade 3 winner Finale, who each went a half-mile in 50.00. The Curlin colt Palace Malice, second in his career bow at Belmont Park on July 5, clocked four furlongs in 48.11.


Pletcher reported that In Lingerie and Disposablepleasure, who ran third and fourth, respectively, in Saturday’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, emerged from the race in good order.


“Both of them seem fine this morning,” he said. “We didn’t get much of a trip with either one of them. Both of them got away in a tangle and were last and next to last going into the first turn, and it seemed like speed was holding up pretty well. I think it was just one of those throwout races, and we’ll try again.”


Pletcher said In Lingerie, the beaten favorite, will be pointed to the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Saturday, August 18, while Disposablepleasure could come back in either the Alabama or the Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid on the turf on Sunday, August 19.


“We’ve been thinking about putting her back on the grass for a while now,” Pletcher said.


Turbulent Descent, winner of the Grade 1 Test in 2011, worked a half-mile on Saturday in 49.05 and is being pointed to the Grade 1 Ballerina on August 24, Pletcher said.




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i must admit that i had my money on the son of tiznow in the derby, not realizing the run that iha had in him.
  • AfterHours · I did as well, but I still have all the faith in him as I had prior to his poor finish in the Derby. · 1741 days ago

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