First Winner For Gemologist Comes At Del Mar

by | 07.16.2016 | 10:50pm

Gemologist, winner of five of his seven career starts including the G1 Wood Memorial, sired his first winner Saturday with juvenile Morganite in the eighth race at Del Mar. The 7-year-old stallion by Tiznow, Gemologist stands for $15,000 at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.

Hronis Racing-owned Morganite stalked his rivals early, then swept by them three-wide in the turn en route to a 1 1/2-length victory. A filly trained by John Sadler, Morganite covered five-eighths over the fast main track in :58.13.

Bred in Kentucky by Jay Goodwin and Chip Montgomery, Morganite was purchased for $95,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, then pinhooked by Hal Hatch through the Ocala Breeders' March Sale of 2-year-olds in training for $360,000.

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