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Gemologist Ships Back to Florida


Undefeated Wood Memorial (G1) winner Gemologist departed Belmont Park first thing Sunday morning en route back to Palm Meadows in Boynton Beach, Fl.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said that WinStar Farm’s  son of Tiznow would remain in the Sunshine State until May 1 when he will head to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (G1).

“He came out of the race really well,” Pletcher told NYRA Press. “The tentative schedule is for him to breeze twice between now and the Derby, then fly to Kentucky on May 1. We’ll leave the option to call an audible if we so choose, but as long as we’re happy with the conditions down here, that’s the plan.”

Gemologist completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.96, for which he earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure, best of three Derby preps run on Saturday. Owned by WinStar Farm, for whom Pletcher won the 2010 Derby with Super Saver.

Accompanying Gemologist on the flight to Florida was Broadway’s Alibi, winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Comely.

“She also came out of her race well,” said Pletcher. “I have to talk with Mrs. Robsham and Anna Ford; we haven’t made a decision about the [May 4] Kentucky Oaks. Right now, we’re keeping an eye on everything.”

NYRA Press contributed to this report.

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