Undefeated Algorithms retired

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Starlight Racing’s Algorithms, winner of the Jan. 29 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. lll) in his most recent start, has been retired.

Undefeated in three starts including his five-length win in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, which earned the colt an impressive 105 Beyer Speed Figure, the son of Bernardini was considered an early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby before he fractured a splint bone in his front right leg. The colt was scratched from the Feb 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. ll) the morning of the race and underwent surgery at Ocala Equine Hospital in late February.

After receiving the green light from veterinarians after a seven month rehab the colt returned to Belmont Park September 11.  The decision to retire him came after it was discovered the previous injury had been aggravated during routine training.

The colt broke his maiden first time out by 5 1/4 lengths, going five furlongs At Belmont Park in June, 2011.  He made his second start Dec 16 winning a 6 1/2 furlong allowance at Gulfstream and romped home in the one-mile Holy Bull over 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen. The Holy Bull field included multiple graded stakes winner Silver Max, eventual Carry Back Stakes (gr.ll) winner Fort Loudon and Long Branch Stakes winner My Adonis.    

“We were optimistic about his future and return to the track,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.  “He was one of the best three-year-olds I have worked with.  We had such great expectations of him last winter.  It’s a disappointment but he should have a great career ahead of him as a stallion.”

Algorithms was bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm out of the Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode.  A $170,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, the colt retires with $301,500 in earnings.  His sire is champion three-year-old colt Bernardini, who was a Classic winner retiring with $3,060,480 in career earnings.  Sire of To Honor and Serve, Stay Thirsty, Alpha, and Wilburn he is the 2012 leading third-crop sire.  He stands at Darley Kentucky for a $150,000 2012 stud fee.   Ava Knowsthecode Has produced 5 stakes winners, including Justin Phillip, Keyed Entry, and Successful Mission.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Starlight Racing’s managing partner Jack Wolf. “Unfortunately, it’s part of the game.  He’s a wonderful colt and being a son of Bernardini he should move on to a promising stud career. Due to his top and bottom side, and his physical attributes we’ve received a significant level of interest but no decision has been made yet as to where he will stand.”

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  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    “It’s a disappointment but he should have a great career ahead of him as a stallion”

    What??  I will admit I’m no breeder or expert in the area, but I would kind of prefer a horse that survived more than 3 starts to breed to.

    • brussellky

      Danzig only started 3 times and sired over 200 stakes winners. 

      • FIVE2_THREE

        Danzig also ran in an era where the technology wasn’t  that great. if he ran today he would have raced longer. you cant compare the two.

      • Tinky

        Yes, and someone won the lottery last Friday, too.

        • brussellky

          Almost any stallion making it is like hitting the lottery. My point was how people can be so hypocritical and inconsistent. The same people knocking him for only having 3 starts were upset that no Central Kentucky farm would pay $8MM for I’ll Have Another who had 7 starts. As Algorithms actually has a good pedigree whereas I’ll Have Another is by nothing out of less, the 4 start difference means far less than the pedigree difference.

      • Thelibrarian

        Yeah…his mother was a bum too! And HK & Claiborne bred him to some real skunks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

      I couldn’t say it any better. Until the breeders quit breeding to stallions that have suffered major injuries or illnesses, we will never see the Thoroughbred as a Breed develope stronger horses that can withstand the physical demands of racing. We are not improving the Thoroughbreds, just making them weaker. Yes, they are fast but at the same time, they are becoming more fragile. 
      That is why I LOVE Curlin and Shackleford. They are STRONG Horses with a nice Pedigree !!    

      • Ida Lee

        Once again, I could not agree with you more. Well, first Creative Cause now Algorithms retired…is there any way this year can get any more annoying for TB lovers?

      • wallyhorse

        This is where the rules that are now into effect in Harness Racing, beginning with this year’s three year old crop need to be implemented in Thoroughbred Racing that now require horses to race through age four or face having progeny conceived during a stallion’s four-year-old season ineligible for major stakes at The Meadowlands and the other tracks Jeff Gural (who first implemented the rule) owns, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.  This rule is also in effect for major Harness stakes at Woodbine and Mohawk.  

        The Triple Crown track operators need to follow suit and implement the policies now in place in Harness Racing and expand on them, making it so horse can’t be bred until after their five year old season or face having such progeny ineligible for all Graded stakes at tracks run by Churchill Downs, Magna and NYRA.  That would force the commercial breeders to change the way they breed horses, looking for soundness, stamina and durability over speed, precociousness and the quick buck, in the process over time creating a more robust horse about to better withstand the rigors of training and racing.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

          I agree with you. That sounds like a smart move in the Harness Racing Breeding Criteria. When I used to breed dogs, the rule of thumb was, you bred to improve the breed. It’s a shame Thoroughbred Horses are bred for speed instead of strength & durability. These days we see too many race horses retire before they have completed the year as a three year old. That should be sending RED FLAGS to the breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and the racing fans.       

    • Cholly

      3 life time starts and now he’s going to be a stallion–could this industry possibly get any more absurd?

      • Memories of Puchi

        yes, the industry could – and does – get way more absurd. When non-winners are sent to stud, and non-winners produce multiple foals by horses that have sadly failed, that is way more absurd.
        A few more people should read the great Tesio’s book on breeding the racehorse.
        BTW – it would be very interesting to know what, if any, corrective surgery was performed on Algorithms when he was a foal?

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    “It’s a disappointment but he should have a great career ahead of him as a stallion”

    What??  I will admit I’m no breeder or expert in the area, but I would kind of prefer a horse that survived more than 3 starts to breed to.

  • brussellky

    Danzig only started 3 times and sired over 200 stakes winners. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    I couldn’t say it any better. Until the breeders quit breeding to stallions that have suffered major injuries or illnesses, we will never see the Thoroughbred as a Breed develope stronger horses that can withstand the physical demands of racing. We are not improving the Thoroughbreds, just making them weaker. Yes, they are fast but at the same time, they are becoming more fragile. 
    That is why I LOVE Curlin and Shackleford. They are STRONG Horses with a nice Pedigree !!    

  • FIVE2_THREE

    Danzig also ran in an era where the technology wasn’t  that great. if he ran today he would have raced longer. you cant compare the two.

  • Ida Lee

    Once again, I could not agree with you more. Well, first Creative Cause now Algorithms retired…is there any way this year can get any more annoying for TB lovers?

  • Hadrianmarcus

    For sake of argument, let’s say Algorithms was a gelding. Wonder if we’d be reading the same press release?  The Sport of Kings is now the Equine Breeding Investment Exchange. And the American Thoroughbred…..appears to be a China Doll.

    • Meyer1127

      You said a mouthfull.

    • Thelibrarian

      If he wasn’t by Bernardini o/o a graded stakes placed producer of a multiple graded stakes winner & two other black type horses……they probably wouldn’t be able to get any interest. That being said….REGARDLESS of pedigree…in this market… ANY of these things don’t catch fire on the track in their first couple of crops….will soon be standing in the bushes for $1000.00 a pop or be sold & shipped overseas.

  • Hadrianmarcus

    For sake of argument, let’s say Algorithms was a gelding. Wonder if we’d be reading the same press release?  The Sport of Kings is now the Equine Breeding Investment Exchange. And the American Thoroughbred…..appears to be a China Doll.

  • Meyer1127

    You said a mouthfull.

  • Thelibrarian

    If he wasn’t by Bernardini o/o a graded stakes placed producer of a multiple graded stakes winner & two other black type horses……they probably wouldn’t be able to get any interest. That being said….REGARDLESS of pedigree…in this market… ANY of these things don’t catch fire on the track in their first couple of crops….will soon be standing in the bushes for $1000.00 a pop or be sold & shipped overseas.

  • Tinky

    Yes, and someone won the lottery last Friday, too.

  • wallyhorse

    This is where the rules that are now into effect in Harness Racing, beginning with this year’s three year old crop need to be implemented in Thoroughbred Racing that now require horses to race through age four or face having progeny conceived during a stallion’s four-year-old season ineligible for major stakes at The Meadowlands and the other tracks Jeff Gural (who first implemented the rule) owns, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.  This rule is also in effect for major Harness stakes at Woodbine and Mohawk.  

    The Triple Crown track operators need to follow suit and implement the policies now in place in Harness Racing and expand on them, making it so horse can’t be bred until after their five year old season or face having such progeny ineligible for all Graded stakes at tracks run by Churchill Downs, Magna and NYRA.  That would force the commercial breeders to change the way they breed horses, looking for soundness, stamina and durability over speed, precociousness and the quick buck, in the process over time creating a more robust horse about to better withstand the rigors of training and racing.  

  • PWK

    Guess they didn’t want him to go the way of Coronado Heights? Oh, I guess Coronado Heights wasn’t considered a “good” enough horse, or what? A horse is a horse, and if you love one you should love all, but I guess they are just out  for financial gain. And C.O. was becoming a losing proposition…..til he lost it all.

  • PWK

    Guess they didn’t want him to go the way of Coronado Heights? Oh, I guess Coronado Heights wasn’t considered a “good” enough horse, or what? A horse is a horse, and if you love one you should love all, but I guess they are just out  for financial gain. And C.O. was becoming a losing proposition…..til he lost it all.

  • Thelibrarian

    Yeah…his mother was a bum too! And HK & Claiborne bred him to some real skunks.

  • Cholly

    3 life time starts and now he’s going to be a stallion–could this industry possibly get any more absurd?

  • Beachy

    Previously I was an occasional racing fan, but this year, especially with the advent of HRTV/TVG in my area which facilitated following so many of the big races all over the world; let’s just say I became much more “addicted”.  Thus, I watched this year group carefully from the BCJ on.  Of course, that does not make me near as experienced as some of the people reading and writing here, but I will say that it is so gravely disappointing to watch this crop drop like flies; and then it drops like flies but so many say, “Oh, let’s breed…”  And yet I realize that breeding may be way better than the disgusting slaughterhouse, unless some of these horses could be gelded and found homes/new careers through New Vocations and the like.  If you are wondering why the horse racing industry looks bad to the ordinary, average American Joe, look no further.  

  • Beachy

    Previously I was an occasional racing fan, but this year, especially with the advent of HRTV/TVG in my area which facilitated following so many of the big races all over the world; let’s just say I became much more “addicted”.  Thus, I watched this year group carefully from the BCJ on.  Of course, that does not make me near as experienced as some of the people reading and writing here, but I will say that it is so gravely disappointing to watch this crop drop like flies; and then it drops like flies but so many say, “Oh, let’s breed…”  And yet I realize that breeding may be way better than the disgusting slaughterhouse, unless some of these horses could be gelded and found homes/new careers through New Vocations and the like.  If you are wondering why the horse racing industry looks bad to the ordinary, average American Joe, look no further.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    I agree with you. That sounds like a smart move in the Harness Racing Breeding Criteria. When I used to breed dogs, the rule of thumb was, you bred to improve the breed. It’s a shame Thoroughbred Horses are bred for speed instead of strength & durability. These days we see too many race horses retire before they have completed the year as a three year old. That should be sending RED FLAGS to the breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and the racing fans.       

  • brussellky

    Almost any stallion making it is like hitting the lottery. My point was how people can be so hypocritical and inconsistent. The same people knocking him for only having 3 starts were upset that no Central Kentucky farm would pay $8MM for I’ll Have Another who had 7 starts. As Algorithms actually has a good pedigree whereas I’ll Have Another is by nothing out of less, the 4 start difference means far less than the pedigree difference.

  • Memories of Puchi

    yes, the industry could – and does – get way more absurd. When non-winners are sent to stud, and non-winners produce multiple foals by horses that have sadly failed, that is way more absurd.
    A few more people should read the great Tesio’s book on breeding the racehorse.
    BTW – it would be very interesting to know what, if any, corrective surgery was performed on Algorithms when he was a foal?

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