Starlight Racing's Algorithms, winner of the Grade 3 Holy Bull in his most recent start January 29, 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 BRIS Speed Rating, the son of Bernardini was considered an early favorite for this year's classics before he fractured a splint bone in his front right leg. The colt was scratched from the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes the morning of the race February 26 and underwent surgery at Ocala (Florida) 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 December 16, winning a 6 1/2-furlong allowance at Gulfstream and romped home in the one-mile Holy Bull over 2011 two-year-old champion Hansen. The Holy Bull field included multiple graded stakes winner Silver Max, eventual Grade 3 Carry Back winner Fort Loudon and Long Branch winner My Adonis.
"We were optimistic about his future and return to the track," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "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 and is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode. A $170,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, the colt retires with $301,500 in earnings.
"It's very disappointing," Starlight Racing's managing partner Jack Wolf said. "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."