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Todd Pletcher


Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

Javier Castellano


Castellano began his riding career in 1996 in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he came to the United States to ride and had his first winner at Calder that same year. He scored his biggest victories with Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Bernardini in the 2006 Preakness. Other top horses include Union Rags, Stay Thirsty, Hilda's Passion, Red Rocks, and Telling.

WinStar Farm LLC.


In 2010, WinStar experienced its first victory in the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. That same year Drosselmeyer, was the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and would go on to capture the Breeders Cup Classic in 2011. Their first Derby starter came in 2006 with a second place finish by Bluegrass Cat. In 2008 both Colonel John and Court Vision made a Run for the Roses, as did Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009. They were represented in 2009 as well with homebred Well Armed winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race. Bill Casner (founded Excel Communications) and Kenny Troutt (developed B&R Equipment) partnered in early 2000 and bought the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Kentucky, and named it WinStar. Bill Casner stepped down from his role and Mr. Troutt now remains as the owner of WinStar LLC. WinStar Farm is a state-of-the-art farm, with features such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a newly renovated stallion complex, a training barn, and a research lab. WinStar’s breeding operation includes top stallions Tiznow, Distorted Humor, and Speightstown. Elliott Walden, former trainer, serves as the racing manger for WinStar Farm, who employs a variety of different trainers across the United States including: Todd Pletcher, Eoin Harty, Shannon Ritter, Bill Mott, and Kellyn Gorder. The Troutt family resides in Dallas, Texas.

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Tiznow--Crystal Shard, by Mr. Prospector

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Gemologist inherits plenty of stamina from his sire Tiznow and a touch of quality speed from his dam, a well-bred mare from a solidly productive family.

Tiznow, part of the renaissance of the male line descending from the legendary Man o' War, crafted a Hall of Fame career. Still the only two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner, the imposing California-bred prevailed after epic duels with Euro-stars Giant's Causeway (2000) and Sakhee (2001). Tiznow also captured two other major 1 1/4-mile stakes, the Santa Anita Handicap and the Super Derby in track-record time at Louisiana Downs, and bankrolled more than $6.4 million from his 15-8-4-2 line.

Since Tiznow was at his best over the American classic distance, some of his leading progeny have likewise excelled at, or even beyond, 1 1/4 miles. Colonel John garnered the Travers, Well Armed romped in the Dubai World Cup by a record 14 lengths, and Da' Tara famously shocked the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes.

But Tiznow is not one-dimensional, for he has also sired 2011 Eclipse Award finalist Tizway, who sizzled in the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap and dominated the nine-furlong Whitney Handicap; another Whitney winner in Bullsbay; champion two-year-old filly Folklore; Canadian champion older mare Bear Now and multiple Grade 1 queen Tough Tiz's Sis, who both thrived at 1 1/16 miles; and Morning Line, winner of the seven-furlong Carter and the nine-furlong Pennsylvania Derby.

Gemologist was produced by the unraced Crystal Shard, who is herself by the pre-eminent Mr. Prospector. A brilliant sprinter with two track records to his name, Mr. Prospector has exerted a much broader influence as a stallion, and ranks as a major building block in classic pedigrees. He sired 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, and nine other Kentucky Derby winners have descended from Mr. Prospector's male line.

Although Mr. Prospector has left an indelible mark through sons like Fappiano (the sire of Unbridled), Forty Niner, Gone West, Gulch, Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry) and Smart Strike, his daughters mustn't be overlooked either. Mr. Prospector mares are responsible for Horse of the Year Mineshaft; great English sprinter Dayjur; noted sires Pulpit, Tale of the Cat, Silver Deputy and Flying Spur; and such champions as Hollywood Wildcat and War Pass.

Crystal Shard, now 18 years old, has foaled seven winners from eight runners. Only two were stakes performers prior to Gemologist, the stakes winner Clear Destiny and stakes-placed Perfect Cut. Crystal Shard is a full sister to Withallprobability, winner of the Forward Gal and Bonnie Miss, who spent most of her career as a sprinter. As a broodmare, Withallprobability produced multiple Grade 3 victress With Ability, and also factors as the granddam of Grade 1-winning millionaire Summer Colony.

Crystal Shard is out of Grade 3 heroine Sulemeif, a daughter of Hall of Famer and super-sire Northern Dancer, who has revolutionized the global stud book with his sons Sadler's Wells, Nureyev, Storm Bird, Lyphard, Nijinsky II and Danzig. Sulemeif's descendants include a pair of Japanese classic winners -- Still in Love, who swept the Fillies' Triple Crown, and Robe Decollete, who took the middle jewel, the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks).

Sulemeif's dam, Barely Even, was a prolific campaigner in the early 1970s. The Ashland Stakes, New York Handicap and Falls City Handicap were among her high-profile victories, and her stakes placings included a runner-up effort in the Kentucky Oaks.

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