12/17/2011 4:37PM

Gulfstream: Holy Bull likely next target for Algorithms

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Bob Coglianese
The one-mile Holy Bull on Jan. 29 is a logical next spot for Algorithms.

Like Adios Charlie, Algorithms was also coming off a lengthy vacation when closing out his 2011 season here at Gulfstream Park on Friday. And like Adios Charlie, Algorithms earned himself the opportunity to move into loftier company this winter after remaining undefeated with a very professional one-length decision over the previously unbeaten Consortium in the afternoon’s co-featured third race.

Both Algorithms and Consortium are sons of Bernardini and the pair put on a pretty good show down the stretch before Algorithms gradually asserted his superiority nearing the wire. Algorithms, a half-brother to track record holder Keyed Entry as well as graded stakes winners Justin Phillip and Successful Mission, then galloped out strongly into the turn while earning a career-best 86 Beyer Figure in his 2-year-old finale.

“It was a big effort for a horse who hadn’t run since June,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains Algorithms for Starlight Partners. “He had a minor hock issue after he won his debut in June that didn’t require surgery but needed time to heal. He trained like he’d run well today and he was up against and beat a very nice horse who had some recency.”

Pletcher was referring to Consortium, who won his only previous start five weeks earlier.

“The Holy Bull makes the most sense for his next start and with his pedigree, we’re thinking big,” said Pletcher.

The Grade 3 Holy Bull, the first major prep for 3-year-olds here this winter, is a one-mile race on Jan. 29.

Borel ready to ride Thursday

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel will ride regularly here for the first time during the 2011-2012 meet and is scheduled to accept his first mounts locally on Thursday, according to his agent, Jerry Hissam.

Hissam said Borel will ride primarily for trainers Ian Wilkes, Buff Bradley, and Pat Byrne this winter. Borel is the regular rider for Motor City, winner of the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs in his 2-year-old finale. Motor City, who is trained by Wilkes, is a son of Street Sense, whom Borel guided to victory in the 2008 Derby.

◗ Jockey Abigail Fuller escaped serious injury after she was unseated when her horse Twiceasbeautiful clipped heels and stumbled approaching the far turn in Friday’s fifth race. Fuller sustained a bloody nose and needed stitches to repair a severe cut to her ear and as a result of the incident took off her mount, A J’s Hot Mombo, in Saturday’s opener. A J’s Hot Mombo is owned by Fuller’s father, Peter Fuller, for whom she rode Trip for A.J. to a third-place finish in Sunday’s South Beach Stakes.

◗ Santiva finished a good second behind the even-money Unbridled Ocean in Saturday’s fifth race while making his first start since the Belmont Stakes. Santiva, who finished sixth, beaten less than six lengths by Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, was the first starter for his new trainer Brendan Walsh, who had previously served as an assistant for Santiva’s former trainer, Eddie Kenneally.