02/28/2012 5:20PM

Algorithms off the Kentucky Derby trail, will have surgery

Barbara D. Livingston
Algorithms will have surgery for a fractured splint bone and is off the Triple Crown trail.

Algorithms will have surgery for a fractured splint bone in his right front leg and will miss the Triple Crown, trainer Todd Pletcher and co-owner Jack Wolf said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

The news ended a whirlwind 48-hour period for Algorithms, who on Sunday was scheduled to run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes but was scratched that morning from the race because of a problem with the splint. Subsequent radiographs revealed the extent of the damage.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced Algorithms was not to be among the 23 individual betting interests for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which will be offered this weekend. Algorithms closed at 12-1 in Pool  1, the second choice among individual horses, behind only Union Rags, who was 7-1.

According to the press release, Algorithms was to ship Wednesday morning from the Palm Meadows training center in south Florida to Ocala, Fla., where Dr. John Madison of the Ocala Equine Hospital will perform the surgery.

“We are hoping that he only requires a minimal amount of time off, but he is definitely not going to make the Triple Crown,” Pletcher said.

“It is very disappointing that he will have to miss the spring classics, but we look forward to having him back in late summer or early fall,” said Wolf, whose Starlight Racing partnership owns Algorithms. “This really is the best long-term option for Algorithms.”

Algorithms has won all three of his starts, including the Holy Bull Stakes earlier this meet at Gulfstream Park. He was chosen for the Fountain of Youth by jockey Javier Castellano over Union Rags, a colt Castellano also had been riding. Julien Leparoux picked up the mount on Union Rags.

Algorithms, a son of Bernardini, was purchased by Starlight as a yearling for $170,000 at the Keeneland September sale. He defeated maidens in his debut at Belmont Park in June, then returned in December to win a first-level allowance at Gulfstream prior to the Holy Bull.

MALCOLM More than 1 year ago
I see we are heading in the same direction this year as last. Liason can't win a grade 111 at Golden Gate and Grace Hall can't win a stakes race at Gulfstream. Both 1 1/16th.. Abd these are Derby favorites at 1 1/4? Ha.
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
Amazingly disturbing! It's a shame the way racing fans jump on the band wagon and stomp on a guy when he's laying face down in the mud. The rigors of the Derby Trail often expose the fragility of precocious, fast Thoroughbreds. I'll miss Algorithms for the next few months. He's special and I don't blame connections for his injury. Simply, the Triple Crown races were not Algorithms' fate.
brianFirst Name More than 1 year ago
Like anyone who has to many horses, all he cares about is the money. He hires fools to actually look after the horses.
Robert Settle More than 1 year ago
Where going to have a Union Rag horse in the gate for the Kentucky Derby. I hope he has his union card!!!
Morris More than 1 year ago
do i see a pattern? 1st eskey., then uncle mo ,now algorithms. this is at least 3, bright young propspects that have been touted early as ,"straight in for the triple crown", & then sucomd to a common racing injury. let me guess , he will come back in the fall,to run like a pig,in a classic. toddie po will say he was the fastest 2 year old i ever trained. & he will be retired to stud @ a inflated price. i dont think it will work as well without repole @ the mike. an ole railbird
mrnickyb More than 1 year ago
Poor Castellano. This one will go down as one of the biggest boners in history.
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
He is unfortunate in this case. However, poor is the wrong adjective. In addition, I'll bet Castellano is well-mounted in the Derby!
Felix More than 1 year ago
@Mike Rullo.....You think "Recent Pletcher" is bad?....You need to look up Left Bank, Freedom's Daughter and Warners. Not one other barn or trainer suffered the affliction. Slaughter at Saratoga.
Anthony Falbo More than 1 year ago
This upsets the top of the Wire Players Derby Dozen Poll
Mike Susan Rullo More than 1 year ago
pletcher is a joke, I would not give that guy $5.00 to train my horses. devil my care,eskenderya,algorithims, uncle mo, overdriven etc...... el padrino will be off the trail a month from now.
davopty More than 1 year ago
something is wrong with pletcher...
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
You know they knew this horse had heat in his right inside cannon bone (where the splint bone is located). My guess is if he had run his hand down that leg and pushed hard enough on it, the horse would've lifted his leg in pain on Saturday morning. He ignored this indication of a problem Saturday and went ahead and sent him out to the track to train instead of stopping on him there and seeing what was wrong with him. "Popped Splints" or "Shin Bucking" (as we called it when I still worked on the backside) is NOT uncommon at all and usually only requires some time off, usually anywhere from three to eight weeks (normally about six weeks depending on how you treat it). The fact that they are doing surgery on this horse says to me that he's a lot more injured than they're letting on. This guy is a hack in my book. Knew of him back in the day and no one liked him or wanted to work for him (when assistant to Lukas). He has ruined more good horses than I can count by ignoring what they need instead of trying to please owners and his own ego. This guy is a horse manager, not a horseman. Bill Mott (worked for him) is a true horseman and pays attention to what his horses are trying to tell him.
rennick More than 1 year ago
mike susan rullo u r a fool its part of the game ask bob baffert
David Dominguez More than 1 year ago
And it seems that Pletcher is always the one with the Derby favorite....
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
He's always got the Derby favorites because he knows how to smooze with the moneyed owners who can pay huge prices for good horses. Too bad he can't keep them healthy.