Unbeaten Gemologist needs good Wood for Derby spot



NEW YORK (AP) — Unbeaten but untested, Gemologist is ready for his Kentucky Derby audition.

The 3-year-old colt is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial, a final prep before the Derby in four weeks.

Gemologist has yet to compete against some of top Derby hopefuls, and his only start this year was a seven-length victory in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park.

Now is the time to step up. Trainer Todd Pletcher is looking for a big effort from Gemologist because the colt needs to earn enough money to qualify for the Derby if more than the maximum of 20 horses are entered.

The winner’s share is worth $600,000. Second place is worth $200,000.