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Gemologist, Street Life Work Toward Wood


Undefeated Gemologist and Street Life, both targeting Saturday’s Wood Memorial (G1), worked on Sunday.

Gemologist tuned up for the $1 million race at Palm Meadows Training Center, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.44 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

“I was really, really pleased,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains the homebred son of Tiznow for WinStar Farm. “He was going well, in hand, throughout.”

Winner of last year’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, Gemologist returned on March 16 at Gulfstream Park and posted a seven-length win over Currency Swap in a one mile test.

“We came in with high hopes this winter, as he was undefeated as a 2-year-old with two wins at Churchill Downs,” said Pletcher. “Because his return was delayed, he might have been a little under the radar for some, but certainly not for us. From a conditioning standpoint, I thought he got exactly what he needed [out of the comeback race]. Hopefully, he continues moving forwardly.”

Pletcher said Gemologist was scheduled to be flown from Florida to New York on Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile Wood, the centerpiece of Saturday’s 11-race card at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Also turning in his final preparations for the Wood this morning was Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm’s Street Life. Under Junior Alvarado, the Street Sense colt breezed a half-mile in 48.10 over Belmont Park’s training track – the second-fastest of 43 at the distance  – and galloped out in 1:00.71.

“He did it easy, in hand, no problem,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. “He breezes faster than he runs; he’s got it figured out. He knows what he’s doing. And, he came back well.”

Most recently, he captured the Broad Brush Stakes on March 17.

NYRA Press contributed to this report.

Gemologist/Coglianese photo