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2012 Wood Memorial and Bay Shore Stakes

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Gemologist returns after the race
Gemologist horse racing

Gemologist returns after the 2012 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

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Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "It looked like he got the trip we wanted. Javier said he waited a little bit when he made the lead, and that he was proud of him for finding more when Alpha loomed up on him. Not only Gemologist, I thought Alpha ran a terrific race as well, overcoming a bit of traffic trouble on the first turn. So far, it would be hard to be unhappy with anything he's done so far his whole career. It was great to see. It looked like he had a little something left after the wire, so I think from a conditioning standpoint, with a good mile race and a good 1 1/8-mile race under our belt, hopefully we can have a good month of training leading up to it. Being by a dual Breeders' Cup Classic winner, one of those at Churchill Downs, and with this horse being 2-for-2 at Churchill Downs, I think he'd have as good a chance (in the Kentucky Derby) as anybody."

The next day, Pletcher said, “He came out of the race really well. The tentative schedule is for him to breeze twice between now and the Derby, then fly to Kentucky on May 1. We'll leave the option to call an audible if we so chose, but as long as we're happy with the conditions down here, that's the plan.”

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