Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Could be Next for Theory
Theory returned to the race track and made it 2-for-2 with an impressive 3 1/2-length win in the $200,000 Grade III Futurity at Belmont Park Saturday.
Making his first start since winning his debut at Saratoga on July 30, Theory delivered as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite. He chased the pace setting Moves Like Ali through a quarter-mile in 22.62 seconds, a half in 45.35 before responding at the eighth pole and then kicking away in the stretch to win comfortably under jockey Javier Castellano.
“He galloped out steady and strong; that’s what made me more excited. When you ask him, he responded,” Castellano said.
Theory, a Gemologist colt, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.91 and paid $2.70 to win. Star Empire rallied for second in the Futurity, a length ahead of Moves Like Ali in the five horse field.
Theory is owned by China Horse Club and WinStar Farm. He could run next in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 5 in the World Championships at Santa Anita.
“The way he ran today, the way he finished, I think gives us a lot of options,” Pletcher said. “He’s a very good-minded horse, he’s got a great disposition, he’s not headstrong in any way; I anticipated he would rate fine and wasn’t surprised that he did,” Pletcher said.
Theory was originally purchased for $120,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Pinhooked through the OBS April 2-year-old in training sale, he commanded $335,000 from the China Horse Club. The colt has now won both of his career starts, recording earnings of just under $170,000.
If his connections decide to skip the Breeders’ Cup, Theory could be pointed to the Nashua, a one-turn mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 4, or the Kentucky Jockey Club, a two-turn, 1-1/16-mile race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26.