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Theory earns TDN Rising Star status at Saratoga

July 31

Theory turned plenty of heads on Saturday with a dominant display to take the $83,000 MSW on debut at Saratoga for Todd Pletcher.

The son of Gemologist, owned by WinStar Farm and the China Horse Club, was the subject of good reports heading into the race and didn’t disappoint, drawing clear to win by 5 1/2 lengths and earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON THEORY.

The G1 Hopeful Stakes could be next for the colt, whose dam, Gem Sleuth, was purchased at last year’s Keeneland November Sale while in foal to Paynter for just $45,000 by Chad Schumer on behalf of David Smart.

“We’re very pleased, the colt had been training very well and we were expecting a good debut,” Pletcher told the TDN. “For a nice-sized horse, he’s got good tactical speed and is maybe even a little more precocious than Gemologist was. I would think [the Sept. 5 G1] Hopeful would be the logical target off that race assuming he comes back and trains accordingly.”

Gem Sleuth was a talented mare herself who won three races and was third in the Bennington Stakes. Also the dam of two other winners from four foals of racing age, the daughter of Officer is a half-sister to stakes winner Buddy Got Even and from the immediate family of G1 winner and sire Artie Schiller.

Gem Sleuth foaled a Paynter filly this year in New York and was bred back to Alpha.

Also on Saturday, Blazing Angel landed the Minnesota Oaks and Smooth Strike ran second in the Minnesota Derby; Blazing Angel is a daughter of Angliana, a son of Giant’s Causeway purchased for stud duty on behalf of Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, while Smooth Strike is out of Kris Star, purchased for just $3,500 by Chad Schumer as agent at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. 

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