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Algorithms Back in Training at Belmont Park

Unraced since winning Jan. 29 Holy Bull, sophomore colt could still run in 2012.

Starlight Racing's Algorithms , winner of the Jan. 29 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in his most recent start, has returned from a layup and is galloping daily at Belmont Park under the supervision of trainer Todd Pletcher, Starlight principal Jack Wolf said Sept. 25.

Undefeated in three  starts including his five-length win in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, the 3-year-old son of Bernardini  was considered a top Triple Crown prospect of 2012 before he fractured a splint bone in his right front leg. He was scratched from the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) the morning of the race and underwent surgery at Ocala Equine Hospital in late February after the injury was discovered.

The colt returned to Belmont Sept. 11, according to Wolf.

"He's at Belmont galloping and should probably have his first breeze this weekend," Wolf remarked. "The honest answer as to whether we make a race this year or not is, it depends on how the horse comes back. The way he looks and the way he's acting now, depending on how the breezes go, I don't see any reason why something this year couldn't be planned. But my exact words to Todd this morning were, 'I've been harping on getting a race in this horse this year, but at the end of the day, you progress as you see fit.'"
Algorithms was bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm out of the Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode and was a $170,000 purchase from the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale when consigned by Catherine Parke's Valkyre Stud, agent for Oakbrook.
The colt broke his maiden in June 2011 at Belmont Park by 5 1/4 lengths going five furlongs, returned Dec. 16 to take a 6 1/2-furlong allowance by a length at Gulfstream, and romped in the one-mile Holy Bull over 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen. Also in that Holy Bull field were multiple graded stakes winner Silver Max , whose conquests among a six-race win streak this year included the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT), eventual Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) winner Fort Loudon, who was most recently second in the Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), and Long Branch Stakes winner My Adonis.  
"Todd did make the comment, especially with horses of this quality, it doesn't take them that long to get up to (working) five-eighths and ready for a race as long as everything is physically OK," Wolf said. "Right now we're all systems go; he looks fantastic and is moving well on the track."
Wolf also said all is well with Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) winner Shanghai Bobby , who turned in his first work back since the Sept. 3 Saratoga Race Course test when he went four furlongs in :49.47 breezing Sept. 24 over Belmont's dirt training track.
"Shanghai Bobby and Algorithms both got the green light," the owner remarked, adding a race target for Algorithms would probably be decided by the end of October.