Algorithms will begin Kentucky Derby quest in Holy Bull Stakes

It is not yet known with any certainty how good Algorithms (Bernardini x Ava knowsthecode by Cryptoclearance) is, but we will quickly find out. After winning his debut at Belmont in June, the quick colt was given some time off. His next start, six months later, came at Gulfstream Park and it is that effort that has people talking. He posted a very good looking win over a colt named Consortium that had a recency edge and appeared every bit as good as Algorithms prior to the race. You will find footage of the race above.

The Starlight Racing owned colt will begin his quest for racing’s most coveted prize, the Kentucky Derby, with a start in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on January 29. It is there that he will meet champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen. Trainer Todd Pletcher is throwing him directly to the wolves. To be the best he will have to beat the best. Might as well give him a shot against the best, right? He might surprise everyone.

Algorithms has the pedigree to run for days and should love the extra ground that the Kentucky Derby and its prep races will offer. His sire, Bernardini, is noted as a winner of the Preakness Stakes, Travers Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup. His stamina is already showing in progeny like Travers Stakes victor Stay Thirsty. He’s got Cryptoclearance as his damsire. That horse won the Florida Derby and Donn Handicap. He’s known for producing stars like Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop.

Ava knowsthecode has had great success as a broodmare. Algorithms is a half brother to Hutcheson Stakes winner Keyed Entry and Woody Stephens Stakes winner Justin Phillip.

One of the most impressive things about Algorithms is his running style. In both of his races he has taken up a spot near the front in the early going before finishing up very strongly in the late stages of the race. He could be a push button horse. This will serve him well in his quest for Kentucky Derby glory.

He might be not be ready for Hansen on January 29, but Algorithms has a big future and is likely to remain a key Kentucky Derby Contender all the way to the finish.


  1. […] Algorithms (Bernardini x Ava Knowsthecode by Cryptoclearance) Regally bred colt has people talking after his win over Consortium. That win came after a six month rest for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey JJ Castellano. I love his tremendous late punch which he exhibits despite laying near the pace. Read more about him here. […]

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