Math Wizard ‘Moving Forward,’ Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

by | 10.13.2019 | 5:28pm
Math Wizard wins the Pennsylvania Derby

Math Wizard, who pulled off a 31-1 upset victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx in his most recent start, breezed three furlongs in 35.80 seconds Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

“It went good. It went to plan. He went three eighths and galloped out really good. He did it with his ears pricked,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “Edgard Zayas was on him. He had a lot of energy and is showing all the signs that he's moving forward, which is good because he'll need to improve four or five lengths to have a shot.”

Math Wizard, who had finished third behind eventual Florida Derby (G1) winner and controversially disqualified Kentucky Derby (G1) first-place finisher Maximum Security in a $16,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream last December, was claimed by owner John Fanelli for $25,000 out of an 18 ½-length victory Jan. 31 and joined Joseph's stable. The son of Algorithms went on to finish fourth in the Wood Memorial (G2), second in the Ohio Derby (G3) and third in the Indiana Derby (G2).

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. for the first time in the Pennsylvania Derby, Math Wizard saved ground while sitting off the pace before making a sweeping move on the turn into the stretch and prevailing over Mr. Money by a neck.

“He'll have two more works here. We'll do all the work here and ship on Tuesday. It worked well last time,” Joseph said.

The Joseph-trained Chance It, the highly regarded winner of the $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes In Reality at Gulfstream last time out, will skip the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and is being pointed to the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 30.

Chance It, who also won the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager, is owned by Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC, which is managed by longtime trainer Mary Lightner.

“Mary wants to give him more space between his races,” Joseph said.

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