Theory turned a lot of heads with an impressive win in his debut at Saratoga, romping by five and a half lengths July 30. He garnered enough attention that he was sent off the 1-5 favorite in his next start when wading into graded stakes territory.
Sidelined by a foot bruise that cost him running in either the Grade 1 Hopeful or Grade 1 Champagne, the son of Gemologist made a triumphant return in the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes, with an authoritative three-and-half length score at Belmont Oct. 15. He ran the six furlongs in 1:09.91.
Theory brought a bid of $120,000 as a yearling at Keeneland’s September Yearling sale, then was acquired for $335,000 at Ocala’s Two-Year-Old In Training Sale this spring by the China Horse Racing Club. That group also recently bought into Breeders’ Cup Classic contender California Chrome. With horses and trainers all over the world, the group bills itself as “China’s premier lifestyle, business and Thoroughbred racing club” and providing “peerless experiences for members and their guests.”
Winstar, who stands Theory’s sire Gemologist, bought into the colt later. Gemologist, who won the 2012 Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes for WinStar, is the second leading first-crop sire.
"I loved the way he did (it). He does everything with such class," said jockey Javier Castellano after the Futurity romp. "He was composed in the post parade. I think you can stretch him out, he'll appreciate going long. I rode his father, Gemologist, so I enjoyed riding him."