Algorithms Off Triple Crown Trail

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4:09 pm EST

By Dick Downey

Algorithms will probably race again one day, but it won’t be in the Triple Crown races.

X-rays taken this morning reveal that the Grade III Holy Bull winner has a fractured splint in his right front leg. He needs surgery.

Dr. John Madison of Ocala Equine Hospital will perform the operation Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Starlight Stables.

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

Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing, the owner of Algorithms, 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.  This really is the best long term option for Algorithms."

Algorithms was scratched Sunday morning from the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes. At the time, connections said he had popped a splint. Varieties of this type injury can range from something akin to a sprain to a more serious injury. Algorithms’ injury is more serious than a sprain but is not as severe as could be feared.