Starlight Racing's undefeated Algorithms , retired from racing earlier this month, will enter stud in 2013 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. The son of leading third-crop sire Bernardini will stand for $7,500 and will be syndicated.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Algorithms won three races. He broke his maiden June at 2 at Belmont Park by 5 1/4 lengths, then ran down allowance race competition to win at Gulfstream Park by a length in December. He propelled himself onto the national stage with a five-length win over champion Hansen in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in January.
"This horse was very straightforward," Pletcher said in a statement. "He was one of everyone's favorites as a yearling and came to us early because he did everything right. He went from an impressive maiden win to a competitive allowance race, then successfully took a big step up in the Holy Bull."
Regarded as one of the favorites for the classics, Algorithms was slated to run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II). The morning line favorite, Algorithms was scratched the day of the race due to a splint on his right front leg.
"I thought this horse was one of the best prospects I've bought in years," said Frank Brothers, who purchased Algorithms for Starlight Racing for $170,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. "He had a presence, great balance and conformation, and was light on his feet. He has the pedigree, and was out of a top class mare. He looked to have the whole package."
Bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm, Algorithms is out of graded stakes-placed Ava Knowsthecode, who is the dam of four other stakes winners including graded winners Keyed Entry, Successful Mission, and Justin Phillip.
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