Algorithms injured, off Triple Crown trail



BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Trainer Todd Pletcher says Kentucky Derby hopeful Algorithms is off the Triple Crown trail because of a leg injury that will require surgery.

Algorithms was the morning-line favorite for the Fountain of Youth Stakes last weekend at Gulfstream Park. He was scratched before the race with a splint bone injury to his right front leg.

X-rays Tuesday revealed a fracture, and the 3-year-old colt will be taken to Ocala, Fla., on Wednesday for surgery. Pletcher says in a statement that Algorithms is “definitely not going to make the Triple Crown.” The hope is he could return by late summer or early fall.

Algorithms is owned by Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing. The colt has won all three of his races, including the Holy Bull on Jan. 12.