05/11/2012 12:12PM

Gemologist hurt, will miss Belmont Stakes

Tom Keyser
Gemologist. winner of the Wood Memorial, finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Gemologist, the Wood Memorial winner who finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby, has a badly bruised left front foot and will miss the Belmont Stakes, according to Elliott Walden, president, CEO, and racing manager of WinStar Farm.

Walden was hopeful that Gemologist could be ready for a summer campaign that would include the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 29, with a possible prep in the Dwyer at Belmont on June 30.

As is custom with WinStar horses who run in the Kentucky Derby, Gemologist was sent to WinStar in Lexington for a week of light training and time turned out in a round pen. On Monday, however, Walden noted that Gemologist was “dead lame” in his left front. Walden said tests showed one spot just off the frog “right in the sole that was very tender.”

Walden said that two sets of X-rays “from the knee down” were negative on Gemologist.

Walden said he hoped to keep Gemologist at WinStar for about two weeks before shipping him to trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont the first week of June.

Walden said there were no signs of anything wrong with Gemologist entering the Derby. Gemologist had won all five of his previous races before the Derby.

“As Todd said, ‘I’ve been beat many ways, but I sure didn’t see that coming,’ ” Walden said of Gemologist’s dull Derby effort. “This horse wouldn’t have laid an egg without an excuse.”

Meanwhile, Pletcher said no decision has been made regarding the Belmont Stakes for El Padrino, the Risen Star winner who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby.