Algorithms Two-for-Two; Holy Bull Next
By Jack Will
Starlight Racing’s 2-year-old Algorithms ran like a star on the rise Friday winning the third race, an ‘a other than’ allowance test, at Gulfstream Park by one length over Darley Stable’s highly-regarded 4-to-5 favorite Consortium.
The first two finishers, both colts by Bernardini, made their second career start after impressive debut victories in New York earlier this year.
Jockey Javier Castellano sat confidently in a stalking position third on the outside down the backstretch of the 6 ½ furlongs test with Korina Stable’s Seven Kind setting the pace from the inside in the field of six. Consortium raced between them in second with John Velazquez in the saddle.
A $175,000 Keeenland September yearling purchase, Algorithms wore down Consortium in deep stretch for the victory and paid $4.20 for $2 to win as he was timed in a very good 1:15:51 over the ‘fast’ track. Seven Kind finished third, 4 ½ lengths behind the runner-up. Algorithm won his only previous start on June 3 at Belmont Park by 5 ¼ lengths going five furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher
“It was a big effort in his first start since June,” said Pletcher. “We’ve always had high hopes for him and expected him to run well, but we knew he was running against another nice colt (Consortium) that had shown promise. He came out of the maiden race with a minor hock issue. He didn’t need surgery, just time.
“We’ll see how he comes out of this, but timing-wise, the ($400,000) Holy Bull (Jan. 29) makes the most sense with the gradual stretch-out (one mile). With his pedigree we’re thinking big things for him.”