Math Wizard, 31-1 upset winner of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) for Gulfstream Park-based trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., will get some much deserved time off while the connections look for his next race.
A 3-year-old son of Algorithms, undefeated in three career starts capped by the 2012 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream, Math Wizard returned to South Florida this week following a cross-country trip where he ran fifth in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
“He came out of the race OK,” Joseph said. “I'll probably give him a little freshening. He's had a hard campaign, so he's due for a little break.”
Math Wizard was claimed for $25,000 out of an 18 ½-length triumph Jan. 31 at Gulfstream. Joseph and Wynwood Thoroughbreds, among the original owners following the claim, sold their shares to Cash Is King, LC Racing and Khalid Mishref prior to the Classic. John Fanelli, Vitelli Collarmele Stables, Ioannis Zoumas and Bassett Stables remain part of the ownership group.
Since the claim, Math Wizard has run eight times including stakes in New York, Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and California. He finished second in the Ohio Derby (G3), third in the Indiana Derby (G3), and fourth in both the Wood Memorial (G2) and Oaklawn Invitational.
“Most definitely couldn't have imagined this. He's taken us a lot of places, and the icing on the cake was winning the Pennsylvania Derby,” Joseph said. “He's traveled all over and taken us to so many different tracks, and each time he's shown up and tried his heart out. You can't ask for more.”
Math Wizard rallied from last in the field of 11 to edge fellow Grade 1 winner Seeking the Soul by a neck for fifth in the Classic. The other sophomores in the group – Fountain of Youth (G2), Travers (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, Preakness (G1) winner War of Will, and Ohio Derby and Oklahoma Derby (G3) winner Owendale, finished seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively.
“He ran decent. We were happy with him,” Joseph said. “He beat all the 3-year-olds. It was hard to close ground on that track and he was able to make up some ground, so we were very proud of him.”
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