09/14/2012 3:59PM

Belmont: Gemologist sent home for evaluation

Barbara D. Livingston
Gemologist has been sent to WinStar Farm to have a physical in an attempt to pinpoint why he has not been training well.

Gemologist, who has disappointed since winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April, has been sent to WinStar Farm for an evaluation, according to Elliott Walden, president of WinStar, which owns Gemologist.

“We weren’t happy with his last work, so we just sent him home for an evaluation,” Walden said. “He worked awesome going into the Haskell. His two works since the Haskell weren’t quite as good, and the last one he didn’t have that much desire. He’s too good a horse to mess around with. He’s got so much talent I’m not going to run him unless [trainer Todd Pletcher] feels he’s 100 percent happy with him, and he’s not, so we’re going to regroup.”

Since winning the Wood – which made him 5 for 5 – Gemologist finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby and last of six in the Haskell Invitational. Two days after the Derby, Gemologist was found to have a bruised foot. An endoscopic examination following the Haskell revealed the horse had a respiratory infection, which forced him to miss the Travers.

Turbulent Descent likely for Gallant Bloom

Turbulent Descent, winner of the Grade 1 Ballerina, will likely run next in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap, making her the third Grade 1 winner to run in the 6 1/2-furlong race.

Following Turbulent Descent’s victory in the Ballerina trainer at Saratoga, trainer Todd Pletcher appeared to be leaning toward waiting for the Breeders’ Cup with Turbulent Descent. Upon further review, Pletcher feels the multiple Grade 1-winning filly would benefit from another race.

“I’m leaning pretty strongly toward running in the Gallant Bloom, assuming she breezes well over the weekend,” said Pletcher, who will also be represented in the race by Mildly Offensive. “She’ll still have six weeks after that till the Breeders Cup, and I think she’ll be better off for having a race.”

Turbulent Descent joins Grade 1 winners Musical Romance and Emma’s Encore as Gallant Bloom probables. Others pointing to the race include multiple graded stakes winner C C’s Pal, Prioress runner-up Judy the Beauty, and Island Bound.

Sunny Desert romps in Judy Soda

Sunny Desert ($3.90) took the lead soon after the start under Ramon Dominguez and then cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory over I Bet Toni Knows in Friday’s $85,000 Judy Soda Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for Sunny Desert, a daughter of Wild Desert owned by Saul and Max Kupferberg and trained by John Parisella. Sunny Desert covered the mile in 1:35.75 while being geared down late.