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Gemologist Works a Bullet Five Furlongs at Saratoga


Gemologist worked Sunday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at Saratoga in preparation for either the Jim Dandy or the Haskell Invitational next weekend.

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 when he finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

“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,” Pletcher added. “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.”

–NYRA Press contributed to this report.

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