Theory remains perfect in Belmont Futurity
Theory lived up to his tall reputation on Saturday with a dominant victory in the G2 Belmont Futurity at Belmont Park.
His dam, Gem Sleuth, was purchased at last year’s Keeneland November Sale in foal to Paynter for just $45,000 by Chad Schumer on behalf of David Smart.
The son of Gemologist, owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club, was rated a ‘TDN Rising Star’ (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE) when successful on his debut at Saratoga and following some time off due to a foot bruise, confirmed he was a colt out of the top drawer for Todd Pletcher with a convincing 3 1/2 length win over Star Empire in his first try in stakes company.
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is now under consideration for Theory, as Pletcher outlined.
“Today, with the way he ran, the way he galloped out and came back, I think we at least have to sit down and have that discussion,” he said. “He’s a very good-minded horse. He’s got a great disposition and he’s not headstrong in any way. I anticipated he would rate fine and I wasn’t surprised that he did. The way he ran today, the way he finished, I think gives us a lot of options.”
Jockey Javier Castellano was also impressed.
“He’s a classy horse, you can put him wherever you want,” he said. “He broke well out of the gate and just took it from there. I loved the way he did, he does everything with such class. He was composed in the post parade. I think you can stretch him out, he’ll appreciate going long. I rode his father, Gemologist, so I enjoyed riding him.”
Theory now boasts two wins from as many starts for earnings of $120,000.
Gem Sleuth was a talented mare herself who won three races and was third in the Bennington Stakes. She is also the dam of two other winners from four foals of racing age including Roman Officer, recent winner of the West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup Stakes.
Gem Sleuth’s Paynter filly is catalogued to the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale.