09/14/2012 4:59PM

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.

Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the update on Gemologist DG, hadn;'t heard that, thought all was well from nis last bullet work... He is super horse and when healthy hasn't lost a race, and until he runs another race, and comes out without being inured or sick, and should lose, I believe he is undeated and the horse to beat.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Just another case of Pletcheritis which is a few start's then the layoff's start.He get's so many 2 year old's and maybe 10% ever race more than 5 or 6 race's.Pletcheritis kick's in after 3 start's and no one has found the cure.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Helluva way to have to put it but Mikey you are so right. You and I and at least half the world know the cure but just can't make it happen. Pletcher, his mentor and about a dozen others could go out with the fortunes they have made and contribute greatly to the health of Racehorses in America by their absence.
IAN More than 1 year ago
@Paul: I think what is going on is that in these big barns like Pletcher, Baffert, Asmussen and so on is that they have so many good horses they drill on them and if they make it then OK and if they don't, they replace them. Musical chairs so to speak. It's all about the numbers and the vets. I would look as good as Pletcher if I had a barnfull of the type of horses he has. Reminds me of Jim Day when he trained for SanSom.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
It's like managing a conglomerate rather than dealing with flesh and bone AND SPIRIT! 100% CORRECT
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Finally. Give him a break. Bring him back next year. There's no spots left to run him off his record and last two disappoinments anyways. Congrats for making a smart choice. Also, best of luck to Emma's Encore.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
What the heck is going on with these horses these days? Hope they find out what's wrong with him.