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Todd Pletcher has found another Kentucky Derby contender, as Algorithms surged to a win in Miami at the Holy Bull Stakes, held at Gulfstream Park. The victory over second place horse, and Eclipse Award winner Hansen, wasn’t totally unexpected, as Algorithms came out of the gate as a favorite at 5-2.

The track was a bit sloppy and Hansen broke out of the post with a stumble but was quickly able to recover and take an early lead. Hansen, who had never trailed in a race, pulled to a four length lead just before the first turn but it quickly eroded as Algorithms, jockeyed by Javier Castellano, made his move approaching the stretch. In the final 250 yards of the race, Algorithms pulled away from Hansen and the late charging My Adonis to win by nearly five lengths.

Algorithms next race remains unclear as Pletcher said he would have to “sort things out” before deciding where some of his top contenders will be competing as the spring approaches. No matter where his next run is, Algorithms will go into the race undefeated and will be yet another horse to watch as we draw closer to finding out who the contenders and pretenders are for the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

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