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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