Starlight Racing's grade III winner Algorithms , winner of all three career starts, has been retired following the recurrence of an injury that knocked the son of Bernardini off the Triple Crown trail earlier this year. Stud plans will be announced once they are finalized.
Bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm, Algorithms was purchased by Frank Brothers, agent for Starlight, for $170,000 from the Valkyre Stud consignment to the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Algorithms won both of his starts as a 2-year-old and was among the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following an impressive five-length triumph in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29. After that race, in which the colt posted a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, Algorithms fractured a splint bone in his front right leg and was scratched from the Feb 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. ll) the morning of the race.
He subsequently underwent surgery at Ocala Equine Hospital in late February.
Following a seven-month rehab and the green light from veterinarians, the colt returned to Belmont Park Sept. 11. The decision to retire him came after it was discovered the previous injury had been aggravated during routine training, according to a release from Starlight Racing.
"We were optimistic about his future and return to the track," Pletcher said in a statement. "He was one of the best 3-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 produced from the grade III-placed Ava Knowsthecode, a daughter of Cryptoclearance whose four additional stakes winners include grade II winners Keyed Entry and Justin Phillip and grade III winner Successful Mission.
"It's very disappointing," said Starlight Racing's managing partner Jack Wolf. "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."