Starlight Racing’s undefeated Algorithms will enter stud at Claiborne Farm for 2013, according to Claiborne Farm representative Bernie Sams. The son of leading sire Bernardini will be syndicated and stand for a $7,500 fee.
Kentucky Derby Tours alumni, Pat Klussman of Oakbrook Farm bred Algorithms. Pat and her late husband, Bill Klussman joined our Kentucky Derby Tours for many years. Not a stranger to having bred a Kentucky Derby starter, Pat Klussman and Oakbrook Farm also bred Keyed Entry who set the pace when he ran in the 2006 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs which was won by Barbaro.
Algorithms started his career in June of 2011, taking a Belmont Park maiden special weight by 5 1/4 lengths, and came back to win his next start at Gulfstream Park in mid-December, rallying from just off the pace to a one-length decision. The bay colt propelled himself onto the national stage with a convincing five-length win over champion Hansen in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on January 29, 2012 and was trained by Todd Pletcher.
“This horse was very straightforward. He was one of everyone’s favorites as a yearling and came to us early because he did everything right,” Pletcher said. “He went from an impressive maiden win to a competitive allowance race, then successfully took a big step up in the Holy Bull.”
Thought of as one of the favorites for the spring classics, Algorithms was slated to run in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth against eventual Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. The morning line favorite, Algorithms was scratched the day of the race due to a splint on his right front leg. See our blog on February 29. 2012 – http://kentuckyderbytours.com/blog/2012/02/29/algorithms-out-of-2012-kentucky-derby/
Algorithms attempted a return to the races in the fall of 2012 before being retired. Kentucky Derby Tours hopes to see Algorithms at Claiborne Farm when we visit Lexington and Paris, Kentucky during Derby week.
It will be interesting to see a horse in stud duty at Claiborne Farm that was bred by a Kentucky Derby alumnus who became more involved in horse racing after going to the Kentucky Derby and visiting Claiborne Farm with us.