Algorithms has started to climb into the ranks of fan favorites after upsetting Eclipse Award winner Hansen in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulf Stream Park in early February. The colt is owned by Starlight Racing and was foaled in Kentucky from Eva Knowsthecode and sired by 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini. His trainer is one of the best in the racing industry, Todd Pletcher, who recently reached the 3,000 win mark.
In his three career starts, the colt has left the track a winner. His debut came at Belmont Park in June of 2011. It was a five furlong special weight maiden race and he was ridden by Javier Castellano. For much of this race, Algorithms maintained a lead, but was pushed by Nono’s Boy before he was able to pull away in the final furlong to a five length victory. Once again ridden by Castellano, Algorithms won his second race, this time at Gulfstream Park. This contest was a 6 ½ furlong race, in which he held off sibling (from sire Bernardini) Consortium. At this point, Algorithms was still largely seen as an unknown commodity. He had yet to make his name in a graded stakes race, but that was soon to change. His first start as a three-year-old pitted him against top notch competition, namely Hansen, My Adonis, and once again, Consortium. On a wet track at Gulfstream Park, he ran in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes. As the race went off, Algorithms set a patient pace and trailed Hansen. By the final turn, Hansen started to lose momentum and Castellano began to push his colt, leading Algorithms to a four length victory.
With the win, Algorithms started moving into serious Derby contender status among fans and racing commentators all over the country. His next start is likely to come at Gulfstream Park in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. If he competes in this race, he’ll be facing at least two other Kentucky Derby contenders, in Discreet Dancer and early Derby favorite, Union Rags.