05/11/2012 11:12AM

Gemologist hurt, will miss Belmont Stakes

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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.

Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
All I can say about Pletcher's training is "Another one bites the dust". The guy gets over 100 well bred 2yo's a year and look where most of them are, injured. I think there is a pattern here.
Mike DeGaray More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more.
James Dowd More than 1 year ago
It's plainly called survival of the fittest! That's the way throughbred race hourses have been trained for years. Todd Pletcher is a protege of D. Wayne Lucas and that should tell you why he trains horses the way that he does now. For years many of the top throughbred trainers start with many promising and mostly well-bred and usually very expensive 2 year olds in the winter and then by hard training the best (the ones that didn't sustain serious injury) make the spring stakes races and beyond. I know that I could make a very substantial living by taking those top trainer's cast-offs.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Oh Man... And I am no Lukas/Pletcher lover... How many young Colts are out and what are the f'n Buyerzzz on that. This is like body count .....
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
Legit excuse now for KD all, the proof will be next race and I am still very :high of this GEM" Good that the horse had to tell them, don;'t think they would have known, this horse is very intelligent.....better days ahead if he stays healthy, time will tell, and I can hold my breath with this super horse.....other than running in the KD injured, he un beaten.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Don, You need to make a better excuse than that. You have to realize, Todd Pletcher doesn't know how to train a colt for the Kentucky Derby, simple as that.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
RD and all, yeah that could be but I am literally "dumbstruck" that these connections with all this $$$ didn't even x-ray "Gem" after the race, dah? The horse had to tell them, he "Gem" did have a real reason for not performing "better" in KD that is a facf
Union Rags TC Lock More than 1 year ago
That injury could have happened during the race ir it could have happened a day ago. This horse ran poor in the Derby because it isnt very fast. Thats it
Marcelo Rivadeneira More than 1 year ago
The only excuse Gemologist had was that he just wasn't good enough. If Alpha had run a big one then I would be inclined to forgive Gemologist's effort but the fact that Alpha, who sat far off the pace, ran 12th, speaks volumes about the Wood Memorial. Basically Gemologist was a hyped up horse who hadn't faced anything the likes of the Derby field. Just not on their level. Even the west coast's B team of Liaison and Rousing Sermon took it to him and Alpha. The Wood was weak. Toss Teeth of the Dog on Preakness Saturday.
Abner Aballe More than 1 year ago
Teeth of the Dog will win. Mark my word!!
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Thanks Abner LOL
Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
lol teeth has no chance in the world ...do u know how terrrible he ran against hansen in the gotham
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Marcelo... The Colt is hurt. Horses don't have egos.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I think the thing that cost Gemologist the most was he just got too close to the early speed. I'm still very impressed with Bodemeister holding second, but my overall prediction of any horse within 5 lengths of the pace at the 1/2 mile marker in the Derby would finish off the board pretty much held up. I'm not ashamed to admit that I covered Gemologist top to bottom, but I knew I was in trouble when I saw how close he got early. I was hoping he'd be further back. The bruise could have caused issues during the race, but more than likely the swelling didn't occur until after and wasn't a factor. I hope he makes it back to the races sooner than later, because I do still think he's a good horse and could be a player later in the season.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
Pletcher now 2 for about 65 in TC races what a great trainer
julien richards More than 1 year ago
The excuse was I'll Have Another and Bodemiester. Ha, ha!
Wendy Tulenko More than 1 year ago
If he misses more than a couple of weeks then he has more than a hoof bruise.
NE More than 1 year ago
Whoa. Common knowledge a foot bruise can easily last 6weeks, sometimes more.
dermot More than 1 year ago
No they don't,shouldn't last no more than 4/5 days ,there is more going on than a BRUISE if any longer that.6 weeks,now that is just plain ridiculous..!
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Excuse!
Clifton park resident More than 1 year ago
best horse on the track derby day!
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Yes he ran really big in the Derby. LOL I'll bet you played him and El Padrino.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
lolololololololololololololololololol
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
and easy goer was better then sunday silence too, right?