02/26/2012 10:52AM

Gulfstream Park: Algorithms scratched from Fountain of Youth with popped splint

Barbara D. Livingston
Algorithms has been scratched from Sunday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Algorithms has been scratched from Sunday’s Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes after popping a splint, according to owner Jack Wolf. Algorithms was the morning-line favorite and one of two horses trainer Todd Pletcher had entered in the race along with Discreet Dancer.

“It’s nothing serious, but Todd just doesn't feel comfortable running him today,” said Wolf, principal partner in Starlight Racing.

Algorithms has won all three of his starts, including the Grade 3 Holy Bull in which he handed Eclipse Award winner Hansen his only defeat. With Algorithms out, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Union Rags is expected to go postward the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth.


Barbara Britt More than 1 year ago
I thought Dutrow was suspended from most tracks? What happened with that or is he still allowed to run in fL.? i WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO SE HIM GO AWAY FOREVER!!! Talk about abusive practices, drugging his horses, etc. If Dutrow is so good then why is he banned in so many places?????
Felix More than 1 year ago
Mike Susan Rullo is absolutely correct. One trainer is getting most of the good young stock and he is running most of it into the ground. Come Derby Day the majority of his Triple Crown stock have already peaked and its all downhill from there. There's a difference between Dutrow and Pletcher, Dutrow's methods of resulted in more positives. Pletcher's methods result in more illnesses and infirmities.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Correction, make that Mike Susan Rullo who is the clueless Dutrow lover. My bad.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Brandon you can not be serious that Dutrow the biggest juicer on the east coast is better then Pletcher? You must have your head in the sand Dutrow is a crook and chemist. Wow, clueless
Mike Susan Rullo More than 1 year ago
brandon, With the number of horses he gets he should be better with triple crown horses & breeders cup horses. He has a poor record. I would take dutrow over pletcher any day of the week. owners will start to see this guy's pattern. pletcher has had medication violations.
Dan DiPrinzio More than 1 year ago
with all due respect rullo, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
Brandon More than 1 year ago
Terrible horseman? yes he is so terrible which is why he wins practically everything , that makes sense. I guess his other 1000 runners that are just fine and winning dont mean anything. Dutrow is a terrible horseman talk about someone who could care less if runs his horses into the ground. Dutrow probably would have ran algro and it woul dhave broke down. Kudos to Pletcher.
R D B More than 1 year ago
i just think he didnt want to run them both together he didnt want to defeat his own....
Mike Susan Rullo More than 1 year ago
Todd pletcher is a terrible horseman, He has done a bad job with eskenderaya, uncle mo and now algorithms. He also did a bad job with overdriven. The most overrated trainer of all time. I would never use that guy.
Ange More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of Pletcher either, but the way a horse is trained won't cause a splint to pop.
Ange More than 1 year ago
Well, a popped splint isn't career ending or anything, but it can set him back a long ways. It's something that can bother horses for quite a while. Until the splint sets, it can be pretty painful.